Deal Alert: West Coast to Hong Kong From $474 Round-Trip
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Airfare deals are typically only available on limited dates. We recommend you use Google Flights to find dates to fly, then book through an online travel agency such as Orbitz or Expedia, which allows you to cancel flights without penalty by 11pm Eastern Time within one day of booking. However, if you’re using The Platinum Card® from American Express, you’ll need to book directly with the airline or through the Amex Travel portal to get 5x MR points. Remember: Fares may disappear quickly, so book right away and take advantage of Orbitz or Expedia’s courtesy cancellation if you’re unable to get the time away from work or family.
In many opinions, Hong Kong is a perfect combination of the best of East and West. And if you want to check it out for yourself, you’ve got some excellent cheap options from West Coast gateways of Los Angeles (LAX) and San Francisco (SFO). Plus, for anyone looking for a year-end mileage run, this is a decent option as cheap as 3.2 cents per flown mile. But make sure that it actually makes sense for you to spend extra money to get elite status.
If you’re planning on booking an American Airlines flight, you may want to check prices on AA Vacations. If you book a flight package through AA Vacations now through Dec. 26, you’ll score 20,000 bonus AA miles (worth $280 based on current TPG valuations). Plus, you might be able to score more miles and Elite Qualify Dollars (EQD) by booking this deal as a Special Fare. Just note that Special Fare earnings are being cut in half starting Jan. 1, 2019.
To search, head to Google Flights and enter your origin and destination cities. Scroll through the calendar function to find dates and prices that work for you. Finally, click through to book directly with the airline or through an OTA like Priceline or Expedia.
Airlines: United, Hong Kong Airlines, American Airlines, Cathay Pacific
Routes: LAX/SFO to HKG
Cost: $474+ round-trip nonstop
Travel Dates: November 2018 — May 2019
Pay With: The Platinum Card® from American Express (5x on airfare booked directly with the airline), Citi Premier® Card, Chase Sapphire Reserve, American Express® Gold Card, Citi Prestige (5x on airfare plus excellent trip delay insurance) or Chase Sapphire Preferred Card (2x on travel)
Here are a few examples of what you can book:
San Francisco (SFO) to Hong Kong (HKG) for $474 round-trip nonstop on United:
San Francisco (SFO) to Hong Kong (HKG) for $509 round-trip nonstop on Hong Kong Airlines:
Los Angeles (LAX) to Hong Kong (HKG) for $511 round-trip nonstop on Cathay Pacific:
Los Angeles (LAX) to Hong Kong (HKG) for $511 round-trip nonstop on Hong Kong Airlines:
Los Angeles (LAX) to Hong Kong (HKG) for $511 round-trip nonstop on American Airlines:
Maximize Your Purchase
Don’t forget to use a credit card that earns additional points on airfare purchases, such as The Platinum Card® from American Express (5x on flights booked directly with airlines or American Express Travel), Chase Sapphire Reserve, American Express® Gold Card, Citi Premier, Citi Prestige (5x on airfare) or the Chase Sapphire Preferred Card (2x on all travel purchases). Check out this post for more on maximizing airfare purchases.
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