One Way: €632 Hong Kong → Istanbul in Cathay & Turkish Airlines Business Class

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Oneworld member Malaysia Airlines is offering an attractive business-class deal from Hong Kong to Istanbul, Turkey. One-way tickets are priced at €632, making it a perfect component for a round-the-world trip.

The following form will redirect you to booking via Skyscanner. From there, with just a few clicks, you can proceed to book with the cheapest OTA or directly with Malaysia Airlines. The cheapest dates are highlighted in green:

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All flights include a layover in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The 4-hour connecting flight from Hong Kong to Kuala Lumpur can be operated by either Cathay Pacific or Malaysia Airlines.

Cathay Pacific offers several daily connections using the Airbus A330 (departing at 08:25 and 12:45 from Hong Kong). These flights feature a long-haul configuration with lie-flat seats. For a shorter travel time, you can choose the A321 or Boeing 737, but you’ll have to settle for recliner seats arranged in a 2-2 configuration.

The long-haul flight from Kuala Lumpur to Amsterdam is then operated by Turkish Airlines on a Boeing 777-300ER with a 2-3-2 configuration in the business class cabin.

Search & Book

The fare rules do not specify how long the offer will be available. However, the price is very attractive by today’s standards, so it’s better not to hesitate too long. Departures are available between September 2024 to March 2025.

You may find some issues searching for this flight on Google Flights with this fare. They will show up in the calendar but won’t appear as a result on Google Flights. The best way to find the best price is using Skyscanner. However, booking on online travel agencies (OTAs) has its downsides.

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 booking 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 airline 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 information like flight changes instead of receiving them directly from the airline. In many cases, you may get a prime exhibition of responsibility shifting rather than problem-solving.

This especially applies to 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 and Other Fees
Economy fares not including hold luggage are industry standard by now. 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.

This also applies to other things like food services, insurances or priority treatment. In almost all cases, you pay less for additional amenities when booking on the airlines’ website.

Miles & Points

The tickets are issued in booking class D. However, there is a significant catch with mileage credit: all flights carry an MH flight number, regardless of which airline operates them. That means that you’ll probably only be able to credit it to Malaysia Airlines Enrich, where you’ll earn 6,778 points and 8 elite points.

For all other (Oneworld) programs, it is likely that only the flights between Hong Kong and Kuala Lumpur will be credited. That would be:

  • 3,555 Award Miles + 1,975 Elite Qualifying Miles on Alaska Mileage Plan
  • 2,054 Points + 4 Elite Points on Malaysia Airlines Enrich
  • 1,975 Award Miles on Flying Blue
  • 1,975 Avios + 40 Tier Points on British Airways Executive Club
  • 1,975 Avios + 16 Qpoints on Qatar Privilege Club
  • 1,975 Avios + 225 Elite Points on Iberia Plus
  • 1,975 AsiaMiles + 25 Club Points on Asia Miles
  • 1,975 Miles on American AAdvantage
  • 1,975 Miles on Royal Air Maroc Safar Flyer
  • 1,975 Points on Finnair Plus
  • 1,975 Miles on SriLankan FlySmiLes
  • 1,975 Award Miles on LATAM Pass
  • 1,975 Award Miles on Etihad Guest
  • 1,975 Miles on Japan Airlines Mileage Bank
  • 1,738 Miles on Royal Jordanian Royal Club
Data provided by miles.travel-dealz.com. Without guarantee on correctness.

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  1. Nicolas says:

    “The long-haul flight from Kuala Lumpur to Amsterdam is then operated by Turkish Airlines on a Boeing 777-300ER with a 2-3-2 configuration in the business class cabin.”
    To Amsterdam?

    • Ditmar Lange says:

      Originally the route was to Amsterdam with KLM. KLM quickly killed that deal and so Turkish to Istanbul remained. We forgot to change Amsterdam to Istanbul in that part of the text. That deal, however, died pretty quickly too, anyways.

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