Deal Alert: US Cities to Hong Kong From $1,932 Round-Trip in Business Class
Update: Some offers mentioned below are no longer available. View the current offers here.
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.
Cheap flight deals to Hong Kong have almost become a norm. Although we spotted some premium economy fares from $847 round-trip (some of which are still available) on Tuesday, the discounted fares usually exclude premium cabins. Well, today we're seeing flights from Los Angeles (LAX), San Francisco (SFO) and New York (JFK) to Hong Kong (HKG) from $1,932 round-trip in business class. While the cheapest fares are being offered by Chinese carriers Air China, China Eastern and Xiamen Airlines, some more popular airlines like Philippine Airlines and Finnair are offering discounted tickets as well. Philippine Airlines and Finnair both fly their new A350s out of JFK so you can expect their latest and greatest business class products on these routes. TPG Editor-at-Large Zach Honig flew business class on Finnair's A350 in November and enjoyed the flight.
While most of these flights can be found on Google Flights, Philippine Airlines flights sometimes take longer to appear and don't always show on the low-fare calendar. After finding dates that work best for you, book with the airline directly or with an OTA such as Expedia or Priceline. As a reminder, cheap business class flights on foreign carriers are a great way of racking up miles.
Airlines: Air China, China Eastern, Finnair, Philippine Airlines, Xiamen Airlines
Routes: JFK/LAX/SFO to HKG
Cost: $1,932+ round-trip in business class
Dates: September 2018 – March 2019
Booking Link: Orbitz, Expedia or directly with the airline
Pay With: The Platinum Card® from American Express (5x on airfare), Chase Sapphire Reserve, 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:
Los Angeles (LAX) to Hong Kong (HKG) in December for $1,932 round-trip in business class on Xiamen Airlines:
San Francisco (SFO) to Hong Kong (HKG) in December for $2,497 round-trip in business class on Philippine Airlines:
New York (JFK) to Hong Kong (HKG) in November for $2,737 round-trip in business class on Philippine Airlines:
New York (JFK) to Hong Kong (HKG) in October for $3,095 round-trip in business class on Finnair:
Maximize Your Purchase
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Featured photo of business class on Finnair's A350 by Zach Honig / The Points Guy.