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Reasonably-Priced Airfares

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1. Posted by im__71 (Inactive 8 posts) 10y

I'm planning a two week trip from New York to Hong Kong & Melbourne, Australia in May. Tentatively from May 19th - June 3rd/4th. Most likely only staying in HK for 4 days and fly to Melbourne on May 25th. So far, the airfares I found for this multi-city route goes for over $7K (expedia). Does anyone have any recommendation for sites with more reasonably priced airfares? I've taken multi-city trips before (JFK -> HKG -> SYD) and the airfare was more affordable (~$1,500).

Thanks in advance for your help!

2. Posted by Sam I Am (Admin 5588 posts) 10y

That does sound excessive, although i am not sure you'd be able to get that for 1500 USD anymore with todays oil prices....

Have you tried something like Cathay Pacific (directly on their website)? They're HK based and still fly to Melbourne I believe. Thai Airways should also do this route as well as Qantas together with BA. Truth be told, with only three months till your planned departure, it might be hard to get a good price...

3. Posted by im__71 (Inactive 8 posts) 10y

Thanks for your advice Sam. I was thinking about it last night and a light bulb went off... I realized I should have done what I did the last time I did a similar itinerary... Buy the roundtrip airfare for JKF to HKG in the US and then separately purchase the roundtrip airfare for HKG to MEL in Hong Kong. I secured great deals last time. Only thing is it does not allow for as much flexibility in the travel schedule. I think I may still be able to get airfare for both parts under $1700 USD this way. Thanks again for your help.

4. Posted by GregW (Travel Guru 2635 posts) 10y

God, 7K! You can get a RTW fare for a lot less than that. Economy fares with the big three alliances (Star Alliance, OneWorld and SkyTeam) go for around 2K last time I checked. Might be an option - if you don't mind going the long way round on the back end.

5. Posted by im__71 (Inactive 8 posts) 10y

FYI... I was able to secure the tickets for around $1,700 USD. I ended up buying the tickets between JFK & HKG from a US travel agent for around $900 and tickets between HKG & Melbourne for around $5,500 HKD (approx. $700 USD) from a travel agent in HK. Definitely a better deal then what I was finding on my own.

Thanks GregW and Sam I Am for your advice and help.