Budget carrier HK Express will distribute 24,820 free economy round-trip tickets from Hong Kong to 19 destinations across East and South East Asia, on a first-come-first-served basis. 

The tickets are for Mainland China residents and will be available from August 29-September 11. The giveaway is part of the Hello Hong Kong campaign to encourage travellers to visit the SAR.

Which cities can winners travel to?

Participants can choose from the following 19 destinations:

  • Japan: Tokyo (Narita and Haneda), Osaka, Fukuoka, Nagoya, Takamatsu, Kagoshima, and Okinawa
  • South Korea: Seoul, Busan, and Jeju 
  • Thailand: Bangkok (Suvarnabhumi), Chiang Mai, and Phuket
  • Vietnam: Da Nang and Nha Trang
  • Taiwan: Taipei, Taichung, and Kaohsiung
The HK Express check-in counters at Hong Kong International Airport. There are queue managers placed in front of the counters and passengers walking through them and standing in line waiting to check in,
Passengers who win the HK Express tickets must travel to their destinations via Hong Kong (© N509FZ via WikiCommons)

How to win the tickets?

Only passengers over 12 years old who live in Mainland China and have a valid Chinese phone number are eligible to win free tickets as part of this campaign. 

Participants must visit the airline’s campaign website from 10.30am onwards on August 29 to book their tickets. They must ensure the name they use to make their bookings matches the travel document they plan to use for their trips.

The giveaway is scheduled to end on September 11, but will conclude earlier if tickets are sold out. Participants who successfully book their tickets will get a passenger name record (PNR) number and a confirmation email from HK Express.

A screenshot from the HK Express website detailing the four steps campaign participants need to follow to book their tickets.
The steps campaign participants need to follow to book their tickets (Screenshot from HK Express website)

How long are the tickets valid?

Winners can book travel dates between September 16, 2023 and June 30, 2024, with the exception of blackout dates specific to each destination.

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While passengers do not have to pay the airfare on their tickets, they must bear the costs of any applicable taxes, surcharges, and other fees.

Winners have the option of choosing additional services such as check-in baggage, seats, and in-flight meals when they book their tickets, or after they receive their confirmation email from the airline.

This giveaway is part of the Hello Hong Kong and World of Winners initiatives by which tourists can win 500,000 tickets to Hong Kong and other destinations via the city on four of the SAR’s airlines: Cathay Pacific, HK Express, Hong Kong Airlines, and Greater Bay Airlines.

The campaign kicked off in March this year, and began with giveaways for tourists from South East Asia and Mainland China, followed by distributions drives targetted at travellers from South Asia, the Middle East, the UK, the US, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, East Asia, and Europe.

There are also 80,000 free tickets earmarked for Hong Kong residents, which were given away between July and August. The last phase of giveaways will be in September 2023 and will target Mainland China residents.

For more information, visit the HK Express campaign page.

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From the Middle East to the Far East and a couple of places in between, Anjali has lived in no fewer than seven cities in Asia, and has travelled extensively in the region. She worked as a lifestyle journalist in India before coming to Hong Kong, where her favourite thing to do is island-hopping with her daughter. You can check out her musings on motherhood, courtesy her Instagram profile.

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