Over scattered dates starting in late August 2018 you can score a deal to Hong Kong from the Bay Area for a little north of $400. An equivalent fare is also available flying Hong Kong Airlines, which just started service to San Francisco. United isn’t too far behind with prices starting at $470. I checked Google Flights (SEE: 6 reasons Google Flights is the BEST flight search engine) over Labor Day weekend and observed the following:
Los Angeles presents another deal at $458 on Cathay Pacific and $456 on Hong Kong Airlines. There are also other sub-$500 options (United and ANA), but they require a connection.
Considering that “normal” prices tend to hover around $600 from SFO, this is definitely better than what is typically seen, but not earth-shattering. Still, if you have been planning on visiting Hong Kong, it may be worth jumping on this deal!
But…14 hours in economy?
I know. It sounds miserable. But if you are going to Hong Kong, it is a very good deal. I’d personally suck it up and deal with the long haul in coach. Assuming you have a Chase Sapphire Reserve card, you could book this deal for a mere 27,733 Ultimate Rewards points round trip! You cannot even get close to that sort of deal by transferring to a partner and booking with miles.
Cathay Pacific is a quality airline with great SKYTRAX ratings (SEE: Cathay Pacific Business Class Review: Hong Kong to Singapore). They also offer reasonable 32″ economy legroom on their 777s for the long haul and also are (for now) flying a nine abreast configuration in economy where many carriers have made the switch to ten across. It should be a comfortable ride, if you can be comfortable in any economy seat for that long.
Hong Kong airlines is a new kid on the block, as they just picked up service to SFO and LAX in March. Their reviews are mixed from what I’ve read. Still, they are rated fairly highly by Skytrax (top 25). The airline is operating brand-new A350-900s on these routes.
If you’re looking to visit Hong Kong from California, this may be your chance to do so for cheap!