I know at the moment there are a lot of people trying to get back and forth to Asia (in particular to Vietnam), so maybe this will be useful to some. 😉
About a month ago I wrote about how American had published some great business class fares for travel from Hong Kong to Mexico, including to Cancun and Mexico City.
These fares are still around, and perhaps most interesting, they also have reasonable one-way fares. You can fly from Hong Kong to Mexico via the US for just $1,170 one-way in American business class.
For example, you could fly from Hong Kong to Cancun via Dallas.
Or you could fly from Hong Kong to Mexico City via Dallas.
Or if you wanted to double connect, you could fly from Hong Kong to Los Angeles to Miami to Cancun.
Availability for this fare isn’t as good as it used to be, but I do see availability in January, February, August, September, and October.
You’re best off just searching with Google Flights, and find the dates where there’s a one-way fare of $1,170, and then you’ll be redirected to American Airlines’ Hong Kong website to book.
With American you earn double elite qualifying miles for paid business class, so these routings would earn you about 20,000 elite qualifying miles one-way.
American 777-300ER business class
The catch is that you’d only earn elite qualifying dollars based on how much you spend, so that ticket would earn around 1,000 EQDs (since taxes and fees don’t count towards that limit). As of this year the revenue requirement for Executive Platinum status will be 15,000 elite qualifying dollars. So while a single trip would get you about 20% to the mileage requirement, it would get you only about 6% to the spend requirements.
One of the nice things about American is that they let you upgrade to first class even on discounted business class tickets, so if you’re an Executive Platinum member you could use a single systemwide upgrade to fly this in first class.
American’s 777 first class isn’t that special, though the service is a bit better.
American 777-300ER first class
This is an excellent fare. Personally it’s not one I plan on taking advantage of, though I do think it’s worth passing on, especially if you’re looking for a way to get back to North America from Asia.
(Tip of the hat to britishcanuck)