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Old May 12, 19, 3:42 pm
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UA: LAX - HKG or SIN at 2.57 cpm to 3.81 cpm

I regularly monitor United Airlines coach fares from LAX to HKG, MEL, SIN and SYD. I also throw in ICN, HND, NRT and TPE, but don't follow them as diligently.

Right now, if you're prepared to spend time changing planes, there are some good deals to HKG. I have selected only flights on UA metal. If you want to find cheaper prices involving mostly UA, you also have to add legs on either Asiana, AIr Japan or Hong Kong Airlines. The very best UA fare I found was $453 and involved NRT/HKG on Air Japan. Here are some routes and prices. Keep in mind that pricing is dynamic; these fares were researched last night (May 11, 2019).

HONG KONG
LAX/SFO/HKG/SFO/LAX
(overnight in HKG) 14,828
May 12: $474 r/t -- 3.197 cpm
Nov 10: $505 r/t -- 3.406 cpm

LAX/HNL/GUM/HKG/GUM/HNL/LAX (overnight in HKG) 16,948
Nov 04: $461 r/t -- 2.72 cpm
Nov 11: $461 r/t -- 2.72 cpm
Nov 18: $461 r/t -- 2.72 cpm
Oct 16: $496 r/t -- 2.927 cpm
Dec 08: $501 r/t -- 2.956 cpm
The $461 fare above is one of the best deals in terms of cpm that I could find. There are a few offerings where the journey involves LAX/SFO . . .SFO/LAX, which adds an extra 1000 miles and drops the cpm to 2.569. This fare/itinerary itinerary has shown up a few times, October 28, for example.

LAX/SFO/HKG/GUM/HNL/LAX* (overnight in HKG) 15,888
Sep 01: $465 r/t-- 2.927 cpm
Nov 12: $497 r/t -- 3.128 cpm
Oct 06: $501 r/t -- 3.153 cpm
Oct 27: $501 r/t -- 3.153 cpm
Nov 10: $505 r/t -- 3.178 cpm
* some fares are the reverse: out through the islands and back through SFO

LAX/SFO/HKG/SFO/DEN/LAX (overnight in HKG) 16,157
Sep 22: $461 r/t -- 2.853 cpm
Sep 30: $465 r/t -- 2.878 cpm
Oct 29: $465 r/t -- 2.878 cpm
Sep 01: $478 r/t -- 2.958 cpm
May 12: $478 r/t -- 2.958 cpm
Oct 06: $505 r/t -- 3.126 cpm

LAX/LAS/SFO/HKG/GUM/HNL/LAX (overnight in HKG) 16,388
Aug 25: $461 r/t -- 2.813 cpm
Sep 22: $461 r/t -- 2.813 cpm
Sep 23: $461 r/t -- 2.813 cpm
Aug 27: $473 r/t -- 2.886 cpm

LAX/LAS/SFO/HKG/SFO/LAX (overnight in HKG) 15,328
Sep 30: $465 r/t -- 3.034 cpm
Oct 21: $465 r/t -- 3.034 cpm
Oct 29: $465 r/t -- 3.034 cpm

SINGAPORE
LAX/SFO/SIN/SFO/LAX
(Quick turn) 17,888
Oct 15: $681 r/t -- 3.807 cpm
The fare has dropped as low as $639 in the past few weeks; there are multiple occurrences of the $681 fare.

MELBOURNE, Australia
LAX/MEL/LAX
(Quick turn) 15,840
Nothing

I could find no deals on the flight to MEL. It has gotten as low as $607 r/t; there were multiple occurrences of this fare up to mid-April. The cpm is 3.832, which while great isn't as good as some of the other fares mentioned above. It has the advantage of being a quick turn. The flight leaves at 10 pm and gets back in, two days later at 6:40 am, so it involves the use of a single full day.

United is adding SFO/MEL in late October, which may have a beneficial impact on the fare; I will keep monitoring. When LAX/SIN was added in 2017, fares dropped under $500 on that route for a few weeks.

In general, fares to HKG are good on a cpm basis, but eat up a lot of time and involve an overnight stay in Hong Kong. I like both SIN and MEL--SIN is better in terms of time invested.

There are currently no good mileage runs on UA (metal) to Europe or TLV.

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If you're looking for other routes in the UA/AC sale, check here
https://www.flyertalk.com/forum/31075454-post20.html
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Originally Posted by notiflyr View Post
If you're looking for other routes in the UA/AC sale, check here
https://www.flyertalk.com/forum/31075454-post20.html
Thanks for the update. I saw that thread a few days ago. My focus is on UA flights only—UA metal. As that thread shows, there are better fares (and some much better fares) on codeshares and alliance partners.
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Right, my point was that a lot of those routes are published by United, many will have segments outside of UA operated routes, but some fun searching nonetheless. Good finds by the way, keep up the good work.
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Right, my point was that a lot of those routes are published by United, many will have segments outside of UA operated routes, but some fun searching nonetheless. Good finds by the way, keep up the good work.


Thanks!

If anyone has free time on their hands--and likes flying on UA metal--here's an itinerary for LAS/HKG for tomorrow (May 13, 2019).

LAX/LAS/SFO/HKG/SFO/DEN/LAX 16,657 miles
Aug 25: $461 r/t -- 2.768 cpm
May 13: $474 r/t -- 2.846 cpm

LAX/SFO/HNL/GUM/HKG/GUM/HNL/SFO/LAX 17,948 miles
Oct 28: $461 r/t -- 2.569 cpm

This $461 fare can be found on September 8, 9, 22 and 23; October 27 and 28. A fare of $465 is available on September 1, 2 and October 29; $475 is available on September 15 and 16. Each can be had for a rate of 2.768 cpm.

It looks as if there are two overnights; one, tomorrow, in Las Vegas.
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Old May 20, 19, 3:59 pm
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Most of the fares that are really good value between LAX and HKG on UA metal have gone. Here’s one that remains.

Hong Kong
LAX/SFO/HKG/SFO/LAX
(overnight in HKG) 14,828
Sep 3: $460 r/t -- 3.102 cpm

LAX/LAS/SFO/HKG/SFO/DEN/LAX 16,657 miles
Overnight in both HKG and DEN
Oct 28: $465 r/t -- 2.792 cpm
Oct 29: $465 r/t -- 2.792 cpm
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@ContinentalFan These rolled in this morning.

Baltimore (BWI) to Hong Kong (HKG) for $640
Cincinnati (CVG) to Hong Kong (HKG) for $561
Las Vegas (LAS) to Hong Kong (HKG) for $502
Pittsburgh (PIT) to Hong Kong (HKG) for $589
Raleigh/Durham (RDU) to Hong Kong (HKG) for $578
San Diego (SAN) to Hong Kong (HKG) for $501

It seems UA is focusing on other departures at the moment.
I wouldn't be surprised to see some LAX fares later today/this week.
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Originally Posted by notiflyr View Post
@ContinentalFan These rolled in this morning.

Baltimore (BWI) to Hong Kong (HKG) for $640
Cincinnati (CVG) to Hong Kong (HKG) for $561
Las Vegas (LAS) to Hong Kong (HKG) for $502
Pittsburgh (PIT) to Hong Kong (HKG) for $589
Raleigh/Durham (RDU) to Hong Kong (HKG) for $578
San Diego (SAN) to Hong Kong (HKG) for $501

It seems UA is focusing on other departures at the moment.
I wouldn't be surprised to see some LAX fares later today/this week.
Thanks!

I checked out LAX/HKG this morning. There was a good care this morning $460’ish that involves a stopover in LAS on the return. Most other days are now $50 or so more expensive than when I provided them last week. Similarly, LAX/SIN fares have climbed too. In many cases, the least expensive, $688 or so, involved flying over on UA001 and back on UA028: a twelve hour layover in Singapore.

I’ve seen the same thing as you: fares move around. I wouldn’t be surprised to see them drop again soon.

I’d love to live in Toronto: there are r/t fares to SIN via SFO on UA for $602 later this year. It makes it harder to do back-to-back MRs.
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LAX to SIN or HKG: Lowest 2.648 cpm

Following up on the previous posts, here are some fares from LAX on United. The cpm is in bold if it's under 3 cents and involves a single overnight stay.

SINGAPORE
LAX/SFO/SIN/SFO/LAX
(Quick turn) 17,888
May 21: $688 r/t -- 3.846 cpm
This fare reappears next Sunday and Monday; it increases to $693 on Tuesday and $718 on Wednesday. It doesn't show up again until August 25 and 26 and drops to $680 (3.801 cpm) on September 2nd (Labor Day) and 3rd. This $680 fare shows up many times in September, October and November.

HONG KONG
LAX/DEN/SFO/HKG/GUM/HNL/SFO/LAX (Overnights DEN and HKG) 17,559
Nov 26L $465 r/t -- 2.648 cpm
Oct 28: $465 r/t -- 2.648 cpm
Aug 28: $496 r/t -- 2.825 cpm

LAX/LAS/SFO/HKG/GUM/HNL/LAX (Overnights: LAS and HKG) 16,388
Aug 21: $496 r/t -- 3.027 cpm
Aug 27: $498 r/t --3.039 cpm

LAX/SFO/HKG/GUM/HNL/LAX (Overnight) 15,888
Aug 29: $496 r/t -- 3.122 cpm
Sep 23: $498 r/t -- 3.134 cpm (Sep 30)
Aug 28: $500 r/t -- 3.147 cpm (Overnight SFO and HKG)
May 26: $543 r/t -- 3.418 cpm
May 27: $539 r/t -- 3.392 cpm (June 2nd, 3rd, July 1st)

LAX/SFO/HNL/GUM/HKG/SFO/DEN/LAX (Overnight: HKG) 17,559
Nov 26: $465 r/t -- 2.648 cpm

LAX/SFO/HKG/SFO/DEN/LAX (Overnight HKG) 16,157
Nov 26: $465 r/t -- 2.878 cpm

LAX/SFO/HKG/SFO/LAX (Overnight) 14,828
Sep 3: $460 r/t -- 3.102 cpm
Sep 2: $465 r/t -- 3.136 cpm
May 21: $543 r/t -- 3.662 cpm (Sep 30 among others later in the year)
This fare appeared this morning, but vanished an hour or so ago.
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UA: LAX to HKG pricing 2.870 to 4.406 cpm

Here are some more fares showing up from LAX to HKG on United. Flights to SIN are priced horrendously right now, but that should change later today.

LAX/HNL/GUM/HKG/GUM/HNL/LAX (Overnight HKG) 16,948
Dec 5: $509 r/t - 3.003 cpm

LAX/HNL/GUM/HKG/SFO/LAX (Overnight HKG) 15,888
Jun 7: $641 r/t - 4.034 cpm

LAX/LAS/SFO/HKG/SFO/LAS/LAX (Overnight HKG) 15,828
Aug 26: $478 r/t - 3.020 cpm

LAX/LAS/SFO/HKG/GUM/HNL/LAX (Overnight HKG) 16,388
Aug 19: $511 r/t - 3.118 cpm
Aug 25: $511 r/t - 3.118 cpm

LAX/LAS/SFO/HKG/SFO/DEN/LAX (Overnights DEN and HKG) 16,657
Oct 28: $478 r/t - 2.870 cpm
Nov 25: $478 r/t - 2.870 cpm (Overnight LAS and HKG)

LAX/SFO/HKG/GUM/HNL/LAX (Overnight HKG) 15,888
Aug 22: $509 r/t - 3.204 cpm (arrives Aug 25)
Aug 29: $509 r/t - 3.204 cpm (arrives Aug 25)
Oct 25: $513 r/t - 3.229 cpm (arrives Oct 29)

LAX/SFO/HKG/GUM/HNL/SFO/LAX (Overnight HKG) 16,230
Aug 19: $511 r/t - 3.136 cpm (arrives Sep 1)

LAX/SFO/HKG/SFO/DEN/LAX (Overnight HKG) 16,157
Nov 26: 478 r/t - 2.958 cpm
Jul 8: $561 r/t - 3.472 cpm

LAX/SFO/HKG/SFO/LAX (Overnight HKG) 14,828
Sep 3: $473 r/t - 3.190 cpm
Jun 26: $600 r/t - 4.406 cpm
Jun 25: $605 r/t - 4.080 cpm

If you search around the dates for low fares, you will sometimes find other, slightly higher, bargains.
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UA: LAX to HKG is on sale today

Just a quick heads up that I did a survey of prices from LAX area airports (LAX, BUR, SNA, ONT) to HKG via SFO (14,828 miles r/t) and fares have dropped today.

Looking out 330 days, there are 65 days with round-trip fares under $500 (compared to 6 days yesterday and 33 on 5/23--the most recent day with the most cheap fares); there are 100 days with fares under $600 (the figure was 81 yesterday and 98 on May 21). On United, at least, the lowest fare price is lower than normal today. September 3 showed the lowest fare of $448 round trip. Some of these fares require a return via GUM and HNL, which generates 15,888 miles.
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UA: LAX to HKG pricing 2.580 to 3.472 cpm

Fares to HKG from LAX on United reached a multi-month low today. This post includes some of those fares. It's worth searching around the dates mentioned, as not all low fares were included in this survey. When you're offered $448 r/t, $500 no longer seems like a bargain!

LAX/DEN/SFO/HKG/GUM/HNL/SFO/LAX (Overnight HKG) 17,559
Oct 29: $457 - 2.580 cpm

LAX/HNL/GUM/HKG/GUM/HNL/LAX (Overnight HKG) 16,948
Nov 04: $457 - 2.696 cpm
Nov 11: $457 - 2.696 cpm
Nov 18: $457 - 2.696 cpm
Dec 02: $457 - 2.696 cpm
Dec 09: $457 - 2.696 cpm
Oct 31: $480 - 2.832 cpm

LAX/HNL/GUM/HKG/SFO/DEN/LAX (Overnight HKG) 17,217
Oct 29: $453 - 2.631 cpm
Nov 01: $488 - 2.834 cpm
Oct 27: $489 - 2.840 cpm

LAX/LAS/SFO/HKG/GUM/HNL/LAX (Overnight HKG) 16,388
Aug 25: $457 - 2.789 cpm
Sep 08: $457 - 2.789 cpm
Sep 22: $457 - 2.789 cpm
Sep 15: $478 - 2.917 cpm
Aug 14: $480 - 2.929 cpm
Aug 23: $480 - 2.929 cpm
Sep 27: $480 - 2.929 cpm
Sep 28: $480 - 2.929 cpm
Oct 23: $480 - 2.929 cpm
Dec 03: $488 - 2.978 cpm
Oct 06: $489 - 2.984 cpm

LAX/LAS/SFO/HKG/SFO/DEN/LAX (Overnights DEN and HKG) 16,657
Oct 28: $453 - 2.720 cpm
Nov 25: $453 - 2.720 cpm

LAX/SFO/HKG/GUM/HNL/LAX (Overnight HKG) 15,888
Aug 19: $457 - 2.876 cpm
Aug 26: $457 - 2.876 cpm
Sep 09: $457 - 2.876 cpm
Sep 30: $457 - 2.876 cpm
Nov 11: $457 - 2.876 cpm
Sep 01: $461 - 2.902 cpm
Nov 10: $461 - 2.902 cpm
Nov 25: $470 - 2.958 cpm
Aug 22: $480 - 3.021 cpm
Sep 21: $480 - 3.021 cpm
Sep 20: $484 - 3.046 cpm
Oct 23: $484 - 3.046 cpm
Oct 25: $484 - 3.046 cpm
Oct 30: $484 - 3.046 cpm
Nov 01: $484 - 3.046 cpm
Dec 04: $484 - 3.046 cpm
Oct 06: $489 - 3.078 cpm
Oct 31: $489 - 3.078 cpm

LAX/SFO/HKG/SFO/DEN/LAX (Overnight HKG) 16,157
Oct 29: $453 - 2.804 cpm
Oct 28: $457 - 2.828 cpm
Nov 25: $457 - 2.828 cpm
Sep 16: $478 - 2.958 cpm
Oct 26: $493 - 3.051 cpm
Oct 27: $489 - 3.027 cpm
Jul 08: $561 - 3.472 cpm

LAX/SFO/HKG/SFO/LAX (Overnight HKG) 14,828
Sep 03: $448 - 3.021 cpm
Sep 02: $452 - 3.048 cpm
Oct 19: $488 - 3.291 cpm
Oct 30: $488 - 3.291 cpm

As we all know, fares are dynamic: low fares appeared and disappeared again, only to come bouncing back. As said, it's worth searching around the dates listed above. All of the lowest fares are out of LAX, but sometimes, fares form BUR, ONT or SNA can be $5 to $20 more expensive--sometimes more.

Happy hunting!
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Just a quick heads up that I did a survey of prices from LAX area airports (LAX, BUR, SNA, ONT) to HKG via SFO (14,828 miles r/t) and fares have dropped today.

Looking out 330 days, there are 65 days with round-trip fares under $500 (compared to 6 days yesterday and 33 on 5/23--the most recent day with the most cheap fares); there are 100 days with fares under $600 (the figure was 81 yesterday and 98 on May 21). On United, at least, the lowest fare price is lower than normal today. September 3 showed the lowest fare of $448 round trip. Some of these fares require a return via GUM and HNL, which generates 15,888 miles.
Yesterday was a great day for discounted fares from LAX to HKG--today, things have changed. Fares have risen--sometimes by a lot.

Looking out over 330 days, yesterday, there were 65 days with fares under $500; the figure today is 30. Interesting, starting on May 31, the figure was 8 days, so for these relatively inexpensive fares, the offering is back where it was during the last two weeks in May. Before May 18, on many days, only 1 day in the 330 window had a fare under $500.

There were 32 days in the next 330 with fares under $600; the comparable figure was 100 yesterday. Since 30 of those days had fare under $500, it means that there are only two days during the forthcoming 11 months with fares between $500 and $600.

Of course, fares are volatile, so who knows how things will change later on today.
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