There are, indeed, cheap flights to Hong Kong. Who doesn't want to have a good deal, especially when it comes to traveling? I have been going back to Hong Kong since I moved over to the States. And Perry has traveled to Hong Kong many times before we got married. But your schedule must be flexible.
Also, try to stay away from the travel peak seasons in Hong Kong. I bet you are going to ask when the peak seasons are....
1) Chinese New Year (between mid-January to early of March), depending on the lunar calendar.
3) Summer Vacation (from July - Aug)
4) October (this is the month when there are many Chinese mainlanders coming to Hong Kong for tour)
I know...it doesn't look like there are many months not falling into the peak season category. But you can sometimes get away from the peak season by margin. I personally like to go back to visit between the end of Oct to early of February.
You will find deals for air travel to Hong Kong mostly by searching the big traveling sites, such as Expedia Top Travel Deals at Expedia.com You may get a last minute leftover tickets and get ready to board in less than a week. Perry did that once. It cost him half of the normal ticket price.
If your schedule is fixed, you will normally get a better deal directly from the airline's websites most of the time.
Beware that there are many small traveling sites out there selling tickets, hotels and rental cars. Many of them have hidden fees that when added up, you will end up paying about the same price as going through the airlines and/or a large traveling site. I almost fell into this trap a few years ago. So, just be careful and always pay attention.
But I want to share with you my latest and awesome experience of getting the cheap flights to Hong Kong and cheap hotels as well.
Do you always have an impression that cheap flights to Hong Kong should be through a bargain traveling web sites or a tour package? Yes, I had this same impression for a long, long time because it works out for us perfectly every time except this time.
First of all, always remember to use the Hong Kong travel agents if you are going to have a side trip after arriving in Hong Kong. Otherwise, your ticket price would be double. One good example is that if you plan a side trip from Hong Kong to Mainland China, like Beijing, you will definitely get a better deal from a Hong Kong travel agency.
If you know any local, well-known and reliable travel agency in your area, make sure to get a quote. Sometimes, they offer the bestest price ever you could find online.
Recently, we tried to schedule a trip back to Hong Kong. We are planning to be in October which was the first time for us to travel during this period of time of the year instead of during Christmas or Chinese New Year .
We picked October this time because of traveling with a toddler. We want to avoid any bad weather in the States which always causes any delay or cancellation. You rarely experience the cancellation or delay in Hong Kong due to its weather .
At the same time, October is the start of traveling season in both Hong Kong and China. Price of any tour package just goes skyrocketing. I mean for a whole trip for a family jumping USD3,000 more than usual.
Desperation and curiocity made us keep searching. Accidentally, I clicked a check box called "My date is flexible" on an airline site. I compared the price of taking the trip in the middle of the week (i.e. Mon - Thu) instead of at the end of the week (i.e. Fri - Sun). I found the itinerary which was exactly I want.
Then, on the same site, I searched the cheap hotels in Hong Kong seperately instead of tour package. Not only there were more than 10 times of hotels for me to choose from, but also I could find the one I want within my budget.
At the end, I scheduled a whole family trip for 3 people with USD$1,000 less than my original budget and USD4,000 less than any tour package price found online or travel agent. It was because:
1) Clicking "My dates is flexible" to find cheap flights to Hong Kong
2) Taking off one day earlier than the original plan which was a Thursday instead of a Friday.
3) Instead of sticking with the tour package, I purchased the air tickets and hotel separately.
Does the above method work every time? I don't know at this moment. But I know that I need to think outside the box and will try to use this same method next time to find the best deal ever.
The following are some guidelines of the cost of the cheap flights to Hong Kong from some major cities from around the world. They are regular price flying coach class. While they often change, this will give you some rough idea of the cost and times of flights:
|Departure Country||Departure City||Airport Code||Price Range (US$)||Flight Time (Hrs)|
|*||Brazil||Rio de Janeiro||GIG||3038-4322||22-23.5|
|USA||New York City||JFK||1086-1245||16|
|Vietnam||Ho Chi Minh City||SGN||389-814||2.5|
* Non-stop cheap flights to Hong Kong are not available. The above price is for flights with one stop.
This search was based on information gathered on 7/31/2012. Please note that the price and flight times vary due to departing airport, ticket purchase lead time, airlines and so forth. This is just for reference only.
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