I have been doing alot of searches for cheapest flights to SE Asia from the USA. I am finding that alot of flights have me going through London to get there. Seems like a long way to go, when I could just go west over the pacific ocean to get there. Why is it set up like that? Maybe there are just more planes going from USA to England, so it is cheaper to just jump on one of those, instead of going the shorter route?
As you are on the East coast of the USA (North Carolina), it's probably not that different a distance. The east coast of America is 12 hours different from Hong Kong, which means it's about the same distance to go east as it is to go west. According to the great circle mapper (see below), NYC to London to Hong Kong is 9444 miles. NYC to Anchorage to Hong Kong is 8456 miles.
Check out the great circle mapper to see how far away a place is.
Also, planes can fly with the jet stream across the Atlantic, saving fuel costs.
Ahh I see. Thank you so much! That definately makes sense.