Hong Kong is a picturesque city with skyscrapers that seem to naturally grow out of the lush, mountainous landscape. In my recent eight-week tour of Asia, the city was a highlight of mine and a welcomed retreat back into modern style and luxurious living.
The city is also a great entry-point into Asia, both in terms of logistics and for first-time travelers to the region. Every person speaks English, almost every hotel chain is represented in the skyline and there's enough activities to satisfy across a range of travelers.
In particular, Hong Kong boasts spectacular shopping and diverse food (Andrea appreciated both). There are also a number of beaches and hiking trails to visit, along with a particularly good atmosphere for children. More generally, I just really appreciated the friendly and cleaner vibes.
To get there, the best mile redemptions are using Delta, American or United. See my breakdown below:
- 70,000 Delta, 75,000 American or 80,000 United miles for a round-trip ticket in economy class.
- 140,000 Delta, 280,000 American (!!!), or 160,000 United miles for a round-trip ticket in business class.
- American Airlines has had glitches post-merger, so I hope that business class number comes down.
- Try to avoid Thai Airways for United business class bookings. Call to inquire about Singapore Airlines.
- Expect $15 to $90 in booking fees, depending on the airline and award type.