Visit both Madrid, Spain & Hong Kong. About $720 + Miles.

This deal is for those with enough miles for Europe but not enough for Asia, but want to visit both. We did a variation of this last Christmas on British Airways from Barcelona to Hong Kong for $571.

Hong Kong at Night from Victoria Peak  Photo:Trodel, used under Creative Commons License (By 2.0)

Hong Kong at Night from Victoria Peak Photo:Trodel, used under Creative Commons License (By 2.0)

The Deal:

Turkish Airlines has a €505 or $660 fare from Madrid to Hong Kong with 2 stopovers permitted in Istanbul for travel from November, 2013 – June, 2014. The Turkish fare is in class or 100% mileage earning with United. We wouldn’t have normally published this, but it is a mileage earning fare with United and it is an good example of mixing paid and mileage tickets to reduce the cost of a trip.

What You Need to Take Advantage:

  • Miles
    • American: 40,000 Miles. If award is for travel from May 16th – October 14th, it is 60,000 miles.
    • Delta: 60,000 Miles.
    • United: 60,000 Miles
    • US Airways: 60,000 Miles. (If you have 60,000 US Airways miles, you don’t need to buy a ticket since you can visit Hong Kong on US Airways miles via Europe and you can stopover for free in Europe). However, if you travel between January 15th – February 28th, US Airways charges only 35,000 miles from the United States to Europe.
    • Taxes for this redeeming miles should be between $50 – $100 depending on the connecting city. For those redeeming American miles, avoid using British Airways flights and you will save over $300 in fuel surcharges.

Sample Travel Date from Madrid to Hong Kong:

  • November 27th – December 9th

Fare Availability:

Partner Fare Class:

  • V


  • MAD – IST (Istanbul) – HKG (Hong Kong) – IST – MAD



  • 13,318 miles or 4.9 cents per mile. Turkish Airlines is a member of the Star Alliance and partners with United and US Airways. This fare will earn 100% mileage with United and ZERO with US Airways. Credit with United

505 Euros! This includes a 10 Euro ticketing fee.

Looking for Mileage Awards.

We never had much issues finding award availability to Spain. Here’s our sample American Airlines mileage booking.


On roundtrip awards, you can have a stopover. In the American instance, the stopover has to be the outbound or inbound gateway city. Using this feature, we are showed a stopover in New York on the return and then a month or so later, head to Maui for the same amount of miles!

As a reminder: not all airline partner availability for mileage redemptions are displayed online.

  • To search for American and its partner availability, use (British Airways) and search award availability segment by segment. Then call to book
  • For Delta and its partner availability, we like to use AirFrance.US to search for availability
  • For United and its partner availability, has most partners. ANA.CO.JP is the most comprehensive though
  • For US Airways, use and or ANA.CO.JP since it doesn’t show anything but it’s own inventory

There you have it. For about $720 and between 40 – 60K miles, you can visit both Madrid and Hong Kong.

How to Book:

  • Use dates found at ITA Software Matrix Airfare Search and book on, and most online travel agencies can also ticket this fare.
  • Risk Free Cancellation: Normal itineraries that depart from the US have a risk free 24 hour hold or cancellation. However, since this originate from Europe, that is not necessarily true. Check availability with miles to make sure there are award tickets from US to Spain before buying the paid tickets.

Background Information:


  • Visa: US Citizens – not required. Other nationals, check the TIMATIC Visa Database
  • Currency: Euro (EUR) $1USD = 0.77 EUR

Hong Kong:

  • Visa: US Citizens – not required. Other nationals, check the TIMATIC Visa Database
  • Currency: Hong Kong Dollar (HKD) $1USD = 7.8HKD

Tips for saving when using credit cards at international destinations:

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