With United Airlines set to resume San Francisco – Hong Kong flights in March, business class saver award availability is wide open. You can book use the space to connect onward in Asia on airlines like Singapore and Thai.
As of this writing at least two business class award seats are available for every day except one March 24, 2023 – October 28, 2023. On most dates there are at least 9 saver awards in business class on the route.
This is bookable using United’s miles (transfer from Chase or Bilt), LifeMiles (buy cheap or transfer), Air Canada (Capital One, Chase, Amex, Bilt) or others like ANA which charges just 136,000 miles roundtrip to South Asia.
United Polaris Lounge, San Francisco
United Business Class
It’s actually possible to travel to Hong Kong now. There’s no more hotel quarantine. You have to be vaccinated, do pre-travel testing, and basically do testing once you’re there and have to wait 3 days before entering restaurants and bars. Of course this could become stricter (no fees for cancel and redeposit of United miles) or less strict by the time you travel.
While Hong Kong still requires masking, international transit is permitted, so this is an opportunity to visit places (other than mainland China) in the region.