Airfare to Hong Kong, China
The British influence and the large about of business (and money) associated with Hong Kong is hard to miss. A world-renowned shopping center, the city’s skyline is dramatic, with millions of visitors a year. Those who have free time and are not in town for business visit Victoria Peak, Kowloon Walled City Park and nature on Lantau Island.
Airfare to Hong Kong will be the cheapest on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursday. Mondays are popular with business travellers and weekends are key dates for holidaymakers wanting the longest trips possible – avoid these dates.
Also consider flights into Guangzhou (Canton), China or Macau. To get between the cities, you can grab a spot on a train, bus or flight. Look for cheap flights on no frills airlines. AirAsia and Jetstar Asia Airways offer service to Hong Kong. And although it will take longer to reach your destination, a bus or train could save you enough cash to make it worth your while.
Another possible money-saving tip is to look for flights that go through Bangkok, Thailand; Delhi, India; or another major gateway city instead of flying direct. Because there are more flights – and competition – from these cities on low budget airlines, you can save some cash over flying non-stop to your destination. It is very common to layover in one of these main cities.
Finally, consider traveling on a lesser-known carrier. Cathay Pacific Airways is the national airline. However, Dragonair, British Airways, El Al and other airlines also stop in Hong Kong.
The most expensive air tickets to Hong Kong are found during peak holiday travel times, such as the New Year. Also be aware of national events or festivals, which can also cause ticket prices to rise.
Summary of Money Saving Tips:
- Fly mid-week
- Book your holiday during the off-peak season
- Consider flying into Guangzhou (Canton), China or Macau and traveling overland to Hong Kong via train or bus
- Look for flights that go through large cities, with many flights
- Check out carriers besides the national airline – they may undercut the monopolistic competition
For more information on Hong Kong, check out BootsnAll’s Hong Kong Travel Guide.