This Airline Is Giving Away Free Round-trip Flights to Hong Kong — How to Enter

Tickets can be requested through Cathay Pacific starting at 8 p.m. ET on May 17.

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Hong Kong is giving away 500,000 free flights to travelers from all over the world, and now Americans can sign up to snag some.

A limited number of free tickets, which are part of a “Hello Hong Kong” campaign the Hong Kong Tourism Board shared with Travel + Leisure earlier this year, can be requested through the Cathay Pacific website starting at 8 p.m. ET on May 17. The round-trip economy tickets are free, but travelers still need to pay airport fees and taxes.

The free flights to Hong Kong will be available from Los Angeles, San Francisco, Boston, and New York.

"Both the local public and all visitors from around the world can now enjoy the many experiences in Hong Kong to the fullest,” Dr Pang Yiu-kai, chairman of the Hong Kong Tourism Board, said in a statement provided to T+L. “This not only directly marks Hong Kong's full return to normal but also gives a shot in the arm to the revival of our tourism industry."

To nab a free ticket, travelers must first become a Cathay member and then visit the promotional page of the airline’s website to receive a promo code to book.

Tickets will be available on a first-come, first-served basis and there is a limit of one ticket per transaction. Customers who snag a free ticket must travel within nine months of the purchase date and stay for a minimum of two days and a maximum of one month.

Travelers are also responsible for any rebooking or no-show fees, and tickets are non-exchangeable.

The airline warns travelers should “expect the traffic volumes to be high” when the promotion opens and notes “bookings are only guaranteed once payment is made.”

Hong Kong lifted all travel restrictions earlier this year, eliminating COVID-19 testing and quarantine requirements, according to the tourism board. Additionally, there are no mandatory mask wearing rules in place.

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