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What airline do you recommend using if we’re based out of Hong Kong?

What airline do you recommend using if we’re based out of Hong Kong?

  1. Amanda

    Hi there,

    Long time listener, first time caller.

    My husband and I are being relocated from SF to Hong Kong this summer for his job. I’ve been trying to find definitive information on what airline we should choose to be ‘loyal’ to, since I’m pretty unfamiliar with non-US carriers. A few things that might help:

    [*]My husband will travel for work (business class mostly) in the APAC region, including Singapore, mainland China, Vietnam, and Australia (2x / month) as well as back to SF (4x / year)
    [*]We LOVE to travel and want to use the miles he earns for upgrades and flights on our personal trips.
    [*]We’ll be making several trips back to the US, flying to SFO, SEA, LAX, and SNA
    [*]Status is important to my husband since he’ll be traveling at least 2x / month
    [*]We have the Chase Sapphire Reserve card that we put all of our expenses on.
    [*]I used to hold status with United and am most familiar with traveling in the Star Alliance (if that matters)
    Thanks for your help! I tried to see if this question had been asked before, but it’s a bit tricky to

  2. David W

    Well, the quick answer is Cathay Pacific, since theyre based in HKG and their Cathay Dragon subsidiary has an extensive regional network as well. I dont know much about their program though but their award chart is distance based and do pass on some fuel surcharges. If status is most important, their MarcoPolo program is probably the way to go.

  3. erik

    Hi Amanda,

    I would recommend United since SFO is one of their hub and offer many nonstop options to your specified domestic(LAX, SNA, LAX and SEA) and international(SYD, HKG, SIN etc) locations. For the international trips in business class, United is going to be opening a Polaris Lounge in SFO by the end of the year(if not delayed) so you will have access to that as well.

  4. David W

    [USER=1166]@erik[/USER] They’re relocating to HKG, where United is less useful. CX serves LAX and SFO directly. From there, they can connect to AA or AS flights to their final US destination, if necessary.

  5. erik

    [USER=29]@David W[/USER] Apologies! I read that the other way around. Thought they were relocating from HKG to SFO! In that case, definitely Cathay Pacific!

    Edit: I’ve deleted my initial post. Good catch!

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