Hong Kong Will Cover Your Plane Ticket

Hong Kong will cover your plane ticket. Yes, Hong Kong is eager to re-enter the tourist market and is now offering 500,000 people free air tickets to the international financial hub in order to catch up with other popular travel destinations.

This offer is an effort to revive tourism after it was largely closed to international visitors for nearly three years due to the pandemic. The city will offer 500,000 free air tickets through the “Hello Hong Kong” campaign to welcome tourists from all over the world, making it the world’s largest welcome ever.

During the early stages of the pandemic, Hong Kong provided the airlines with $255 million to keep them operating. Some of the funds have now been used to supplement the flights.

Who is eligible for free Hong Kong tickets?

Asian residents appear to be the campaign’s first targeted demographic, according to the Hong Kong airport website.

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Aircraft aisle during flight © Suhyeon Choi

When will the campaign begin?

For those living in Southeast Asia, the campaign will begin on March 1. They can register for the flight lottery by going to the Hong Kong Airport website.

On April 1, another round of tickets will be made available to mainland Chinese residents. Cathay Pacific will also offer a limited number of “generously discounted round-trip tickets to Hong Kong beginning in May” for travellers based in the United States and Canada, according to the carrier.

What exactly is the Hello Hong Kong free ticket campaign?

People can participate in the campaign by registering on the Hong Kong airport website and checking back to see when they are eligible, or by going directly to the airlines’ websites when they are eligible.

The majority of the airline tickets will be awarded through this campaign by three Hong Kong-based carriers: Cathay Pacific, HK Express, and Hong Kong Airlines, which will also be offering significant discounts on flights such as “buy one, get one free” promotions.

The Hong Kong Airport Authority will pay for the winners’ economy-class tickets, but they will be responsible for their own taxes and fees.

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Cathay Pacific offers free tickets. © Kevin Bosc

What are the additional vouchers available to visitors?

Aside from a massive flight giveaway and airfare discounts, Hong Kong is providing travellers with “Hong Kong goodies,” a collection of freebies and vouchers that include:

  • A welcome drink worth more than HK$100 (about $13) from one of 100 participating bars, restaurants, or hotels
  • A cash voucher worth less than $13, that can be redeemed in the transportation, culinary, and retail sectors, as well as attractions. Over 140 businesses are participating, and there’s no minimum spending requirement.

The traveller must be in Hong Kong for 90 days or less and have a non-Hong Kong phone number to be eligible for the Hong Kong Goodies voucher. They can get the voucher from one of four Hong Kong Tourism Board Visitor Centers.

“We hope that those who get the tickets will be able to bring two or three more relatives and friends to the city.” “Despite the fact that we are only giving away 500,000 air tickets, we believe this will help bring over 1.5 million visitors to Hong Kong,” said Airport Authority Hong Kong CEO Fred Lam.

Sounds like a good deal, doesn’t it? A free trip to Hong Kong’s incredible restaurants, best-in-class bars, distinct local neighbourhoods, and mountainous hiking trails would certainly be too good to pass up. Tell us what you think below!

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Karina Anandya
Karina Anandya
Aviation Reporter - Karina is a writer and editor with diverse experience seeking to contribute to an organization in the media, digital, and creative industries by utilizing organizational, communication, and writing skills. "I've been working in some form of journalism for nearly 9 years now. Travel, in particular, has been my focus for the past six."