It's summer time. Unless some travel agencies come up with a hot special at the last minute, I doubt you can get anything near that price. You might have better luck flying China Eastern out of Vancouver or even through Europe (ie. I see a lot of GBP395 fares from London - HKG + taxes).
Cathay is a ripoff. I can't understand why they are so expensive. I guess they charge premium for a direct flight and better hospitality.
I have tickets for mid August to early September with United. One stop in Chicago and then on to HK direct. Cost was around $1800 CAD. I think there are cheaper fares, but not by much, that will require you to stop like crazy (+1 day travel time)
The cheapest ever that I purchased was on Air Canada during Christmas (super high season) for $1111 CAD because of a pricing error on Air Canada's website. This was a direct flight on their new planes as well
Generally you want to book tickets a year in advance.. the earlier the better because tickets to HK during high season go really quickly.
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