High-Class Hong Kong

Hello Dear Readers!

I left off yesterday having arrived fresh off my first class flight to Hong Kong. It honestly was one of the coolest experiences of my life, and one I’m not likely to forget soon, particularly as I’m still wearing their pajamas to bed every night.

I’m extra poor these days, since I’ve been living the student life for a while now. So when I was looking to plan this trip, I needed to make it as money efficient as possible. With that in mind, I took a look at hotel prices in Hong Kong.

They were bleak. Averaging at around ~$300/night, there was no way I could afford to stay in the city. Luckily, I had a couple tricks up my sleeve.

For night one, I used the annual free night certificate that comes with my Chase IHG credit card to stay at the Intercontinental Hong Kong. (The certificate nowadays is capped at a lower hotel, but the card still offers really good value). This hotel regularly goes for ~$400+/night because it’s got one of the best views of Victoria Harbour. I pay $49/year to own this credit card. (I did pay $60 to upgrade to a room with a really good view).

Pictured: An excellent view

For night two, I used the annual free night certificate that comes with my Chase Hyatt credit card to stay at the Hyatt Regency Hong Kong. This certificate is good for any hotel up to category 4, which the Hyatt Regency happens to be, so I was lucky. The new version of this card has a $95 annual fee, and the cost of the Hyatt Regency averages around ~$200/night.

Blurry night photo attempt.

With accommodation taken care of, I needed to figure out what to do for two days.

Now, Harrison here will make fun of me and say that I didn’t see Hong Kong at all. I disagree. I explored the hell out of Hong Kong Disneyland.

I also ate at a two-star Michelin Restaurant.

What is this thing?

And I watched the light show from my room!

-Carissa “Intrepid Explorer” Rawson


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