You may have heard the news, Hong Kong Airlines published an amazing fare deal for a round-trip flight to China for less than $600…in business class.
While the availability for these tickets is scarce at this point, and it remains to be seen if they’ll be honored, I thought I’d shed some light on a couple of additional costs to keep in mind and add to your tally.
Though there are a few exemptions, the majority of U.S. citizens will require a visa to visit China. The cost of a visa for U.S. citizens is $140 for all visa types – single entry, double entries, multiple entries for 6 months, and multiple entries for 12 months or more. The cost of a single-entry visa for non-U.S. citizens is $30. As such, if you purchased four tickets with this deal you’ll incur an extra $560 plus any rush processing fees (typically $20)
Re-positioning flight & hotel stay
These discounted flights leave from Los Angeles (LAX) so if you’re not from the LA area (or a driveable distance) you’ll have to factor in the cost of a re-positioning flight. I know for me, a flight from Philly can regularly cost $400 or more, though using miles can be a great option.
One more thing to consider if you are re-positioning is a hotel stay that you may have to incur if your flight schedule doesn’t get you there in time for the 12:10 PM Hong Kong Airlines flight from Los Angeles. This may not be a problem for most, but from the East Coast, especially if you don’t live in a major city, getting there in time for the Noon flight may prove troublesome.
I did not take advantage of this offer, but many of you have, so – congratulations! Getting a business class flight at that price (regularly costing ~$7,000) is a slam dunk for sure. Just make sure you are aware of some of the ancillary costs that come along with this journey.
And as always, have fun! 😉