Hong Kong Airlines Business Class Redemption

Hong Kong Airlines has some fantastic redemption values in business class. For example, from HKG to Shanghai, it’s only 2,000 more miles to redeem a seat in business class. It gets progressively more expensive the further you fly, but still a good value.

Tickets Award Chart

Award Distance (km)

Awards Type 

1-800
801-
1,200
1,201-
1,600
1,601-
2,000
2,001-
3,000
3,001-
5,000
5,001-
7,000
7,001-
9,000
9,001-
11,000
11,000+
Economy Class (one way)
8,000
11,000
13,000
15,000
18,000
28,000
38,000
48,000
65,000
80,000
Economy Class (round Trip)
14,000
20,000
23,000
26,000
32,000
50,000
68,000
88,000
120,000
135,000
First/Business Class (one way)
9,000
12,000
14,000
18,000
21000
33,000
45,000
55,000
75,000
90,000
First/Business Class (round trip)
16,000
22,000
26,000
34,000
40,000
58,000
85,000
100,000
125,000
150,000

The drawback to this program is the accrual rate is really bad for discounted fares. On discount economy it can be as low as 30% of flown mileage, vs 100% on many American based carriers. Even discount business only gives you 50% of miles earned, versus earning on many other airlines generally over 100%.

Accrual Chart: Cabin Class
Fare Class
Miles Earned Proportion
Business
(Include: CLUB PREMIER & CLUB CLASSIC)
C/D/J
200%
Z/U/A/P
130%
Q
50%
Economy
Y
130%
B/H/K/L/M
100%
N/Q/T
50%
S/X/V
30%

In summary, if you’re flying one of the higher fare brackets, I think Hong Kong Airlines is a good frequent flyer program to consider if you’re traveling regionally, but if you’re booking the cheaper fares, probably better to stick with other airline programs since you’ll never accrue enough miles to redeem a ticket anyway, even if business class is only a few thousand more miles than economy.

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