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How about a trip to both Hong Kong and Taipei for about $550?
Here are some practical travel tips to Hong Kong and another take. Here’s some practical travel tips to Taipei, Taiwan.
Sample Travel Date:
- San Francisco – Hong Kong: September 16th
- Hong Kong – Taipei: September 23rd
- Taipei – San Francisco: September 30th
- This is just ONE SAMPLE travel date, for more availability, please follow the “Fare Availability” and “How to Search for Availability” instructions below
- Valid for travel from September – November for Monday through Thursday departures and returns. Availability is limited. Must purchase at least 3 days in advance of departure.
- Please note that while this fare is valid at time of posting, if this post is more than two days old, the fare is likely gone.
How to Search for Availability:
- This is just to search for availability. To buy your tickets, scroll down to “How to Buy” section of this post
- Use ITA Software Matrix Airfare Search and use the following search criteria:
- Departing from: SFO
- Outbound Advanced Routing Code:
- Textbox 1: ua hkg
- Textbox 2: minconnect 2880
- The 2,880 after minconnect is telling ITA to search for a connection of at least 4,020 minutes or 67 hours. ITA will start to error out once that number is greater than 4,020 or so, however, longer stopovers are still possible. Using the result as a guideline, play with the stopover length on Orbitz multi-destination feature to see if it price. It is trial and error.
- We are showing HKG as the stopover on the outbound. If you would like to stopover in Hong Kong return then move ua hkg cx and minconnect 2,880 on the Return Advanced Routing Code section (you would enter it as hkg ua / minconnect 2880) and move ua to the Outbound Advanced Routing Code section.
- Destination: TPE
- Return Advanced Routing Code:
- Textbox 1: ua
- Textbox 2:
- (Click on Advanced Routing Codes link to enable advanced routing code input)
- Select “See calendar of lowest fares”
- Length of stay “5-12” (This is just a sample, you can use any 7 day date range like 3-10, 7-14 etc)
- Beginner’s Guide on How to Use Matrix by ITA Software
- How to Read Airfare Rules and Use It to Your Advantage
- The ITA search page should be like below when all values are inputted
- You cannot buy tickets using ITA. To buy, follow our instructions in the “How to Buy” section below.
Elite Qualifying Dollars:
- SFO – HKG (Hong Kong) – TPE (Taipei) – SFO. Flights between Hong Kong and Taipei will be operated by either Cathay Pacific or Cathay Dragon or Hong Kong Air. We would take the Cathay Pacific or Cathay Dragon option.
- Two permitted at $100 each. None in Guam
- How to Take Advantage of a Stopover
- Miles Flown: 13,876 miles or 4.0 cents per mile
- Elite Qualifying Miles: 13,365 miles
- Redeemable Miles: 1,750 miles
How to Buy:
- Support us by using our Orbitz link to book with dates found on ITA Software Matrix Airfare Search. Make sure you select “Flights” and then “Multi-City” and enter each segment and dates for those segments individually as shown on ITA to price like this:
- Segment 1: San Francisco – Hong Kong
- Segment 2: Hong Kong – Taipei
- Segment 3: Taipei – San Francisco
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- Visa: US Citizens – Not required. Other nationals, check the TIMATIC Visa Database
- Currency: Hong Kong Dollar (HKD) – $1USD = 7.8 HKD
- Visa Requirements: US Citizens – Not required. Other nationals, check the TIMATIC Visa Database.
- Currency: Taiwan New Dollar (TWD). $1USD = 31.52 TWD
Tips for saving when using credit cards at international destinations:
- No Foreign Transaction Fee Credit Cards to save on international purchases
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