The two Star Alliance carriers Swiss and Lufthansa are currently offering discounted tickets for flights between Prague and Hong Kong. Tickets for a round-trip from Europe to Asia start at around €337 (~CZK 8,445). And that’s not the only good thing. While we recently reported about Lufthansa Group cutting free luggage on most worldwide routes, this fare does include one piece of checked baggage.
Departing from Prague, you will have one layover on your way to Asia. If you’re traveling on Lufthansa, this will be Frankfurt, maybe Munich. With Swiss, your trip will bring you to Zurich. There you will board the plane to Hong Kong.
Search & Book
According to the fare rules, the airlines should be selling tickets until November 24th. Still, don’t waste too much time as cheap seats can be gone anytime. The offer is valid for trips commencing on or before June 30th, 2020. And availability definitely is great, as of now.
The minimum stay requirements are five days, and you could spend up to three months in Hong Kong before returning to Europe. Use Google Flights (instructions). You shouldn’t have any trouble finding the dates that suit you best.
Once you’ve settled for a specific flight, visit the carrier’s website your booking. Or use our Travel Dealz flight search to compare prices. But since the airline will only charge a few Euros more, we’d recommend booking with them.
Why is booking with an airline better than with an online travel agency?
More often than not, online travel agencies offer lower fares than airlines do. We still recommend to book with the airlines directly. There are two main reasons for that:
- Better Customer Service
In case any problems like delays, cancellations or missed connections arise, you can communicate directly with the airline. The airlines has to take care of you because you have a contract with them.
If a travel agency issues your ticket, you may have to reach out to them first. You also depend on your OTA to forward you information like flight changes instead receiving them directly from the airline. You may get a prime exhibition of responsibility shifting rather than problem solving.
This especially applies for premium tickets. You don’t want to spend more than €1,000 to wind up with some budget OTA’s telephone hotline in case anything goes wrong.
- Baggage Fees
Economy fares not including hold luggage are more and more common. In most cases, travel agencies charge much higher baggage fees than the airlines themselves. If bags are not included in your fare, airlines are often the cheaper alternative.
All tickets should be issued in booking class K. This is definitely not an offer for people looming to earn many miles since the earning rate is 0% with most Star Alliance frequent flyer programs. But there are still some options:
- 3,650 on ANA Mileage Club
- 3,280 on Turkish Airlines Miles&Smiles
- 3,180 on SAS EuroBonus
- 3,130 on Miles & More
- 3,040 on EgyptAir Plus
- 3,040 on United MileagePlus
- 3,040 on Ethiopian ShebaMiles
Information & Tips for Hong Kong
Hong Kong is an Asian city-state and a vital trading metropolis in the Pearl River Delta not far from the Chinese coast. The city has long been a center for trade and business. Hong Kong is one of the largest air traffic hubs in Asia and therefore offers excellent connections to the rest of the world, hence the good deals that various airlines often provide. Flights in economy class usually are between 400€ and 500€ sometimes for even less than 400€.
Best Time to Visit
Winters are mild and dry, whereas summers are hot with rainfall and high humidity. The best time to travel is from October to early December when the weather is sunny, cool and therefore very pleasant.
Entry & Visa
Entry is possible for most EU citizens without a visa, and only a passport is required. A permit for 90 days is issued upon entry. For further information, please visit the website of your countries Ministry of foreign affairs.
The local currency is the Hong Kong Dollar ($, HKD, HK$). One Euro is approximately HK$ 9. Many credit cards may charge a foreign currency fee (up to 2% for payment) in Hong Kong Dollars.
Getting from the airport to the city center
The fastest and most convenient way into the city is by Airport Express. This train will take you to the city center within 24 minutes and will cost you around 12€ per trip. Alternatively, you can also get into a taxi and pay approximately 35€.
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