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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.
California residents, rejoice, as nonstop flights to Hong Kong are on sale with fares starting from just $474 round-trip. You can fly nonstop from Los Angeles (LAX) and San Francisco (SFO) to Hong Kong (HKG) for around $500 — prices for one-stop flights to the mega-city from New York (JFK), Seattle (SEA) and Chicago (ORD) can be had for just a bit more.
Most flights are operated by United, Cathay Pacific and Asiana — all of which have solid reputations and include a checked bag and meal.
If you’re looking for something interesting to do while there, check out Get Your Guide’s list of best activities in Hong Kong to maximize your time while on vacation. See our Points and Miles Guide to Hong Kong for places to stay and more things to do.
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: Asiana, Cathay Pacific, United, Hainan
Routes: LAX/SFO/JFK/SEA/ORD to HKG
Cost: $474+ round-trip
Travel Dates: January 2019 to May 2019
Pay With: The Platinum Card® from American Express (5x on airfare booked directly with the airline), Citi Premier Card, Chase Sapphire Reserve Card, American Express® Gold Card, Citi Prestige Card (3x on airfare plus 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:
Los Angeles (LAX) to Hong Kong (HKG) for $511 round-trip nonstop on Cathay Pacific:
Seattle (SEA) to Hong Kong (HKG) for $536 round-trip on Asiana via Expedia:
New York (JFK) to Hong Kong (HKG) for $611 round-trip on Asiana via Orbitz:
Chicago (ORD) to Hong Kong (HKG) for $623 round-trip on Hainan via Priceline:
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 (3x on airfare) or the Chase Sapphire Preferred Card (2x on all travel purchases). Check out this post for more on maximizing airfare purchases.
H/T: Thrifty Traveler
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With some great bonus categories, the American Express Gold Card has a lot going for it. The card offers 4x points at US restaurants, at US supermarkets (up to $25,000; then 1x), and 3x points on flights booked directly with airlines or through amextravel.com. It is currently offering a welcome bonus of 35,000 bonus points after you spend $2,000 in the first three months.
- Earn 35,000 Membership Rewards® Points after you spend $2,000 on eligible purchases with your new Card within the first 3 months.
- Earn 4X Membership Rewards® points at U.S. restaurants. Earn 4X Membership Rewards® points at U.S. supermarkets (on up to $25,000 per year in purchases, then 1X).
- Earn 3X Membership Rewards® points on flights booked directly with airlines or on amextravel.com.
- Earn up to $10 in statement credits monthly when you pay with The Gold Card at Grubhub, Seamless, The Cheesecake Factory, Shake Shack, and Ruth's Chris Steak House. This is an annual savings of up to $120. Enrollment required.
- $100 Airline Fee Credit: up to $100 in statement credits per calendar year for incidental fees at one selected qualifying airline.
- Choose to carry a balance with interest on eligible charges of $100 or more.
- No Foreign Transaction Fees.
- Annual Fee is $250.
- Terms apply.
- See Rates & Fees