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Airfare deals are typically only available on limited dates. We recommend that you use Google Flights to find dates to fly, then book through an online travel agency, such as Orbitz, which allows you to cancel flights without penalty by 11pm Eastern Time within one day of booking. Remember: Fares may disappear quickly, so book right away and take advantage of Orbitz’s courtesy cancellation if you’re unable to travel.
If you decided not to take advantage of yesterday’s Tokyo fares (which are still available, by the way), The Flight Deal is back with another solid deal to Asia. American and United are both offering discounted fares to Shanghai from Atlanta (ATL), Cleveland (CLE), Columbus (CMH), Dallas (DFW), Detroit (DTW), Houston (IAH), Miami (MIA), Philadelphia (PHL), Phoenix (PHX) and St. Louis (STL). The best deal is a non-stop flight from Dallas on American’s new 787 Dreamliner, priced at $653 roundtrip. One-stop flights from the cities listed above, plus a few others, are available for $667.
Dallas (DFW)-Shanghai (PVG) for $653 on American (earns 14,680 EQMs):
Dallas (DFW)-Shanghai (PVG) for $667 on United (earns 15,702 EQMs):
Philadelphia (PHL)-Shanghai (PVG) for $667 on American (earns 15,452 EQMs):
Philadelphia (PHL)-Shanghai (PVG) for $667 on United (earns 15,452 EQMs):
Maximize Your Purchase
Don’t forget to use a credit card that earns additional points on airfare purchases, such as the American Express Premier Rewards Gold or Citi Prestige (3x on airfare) or the Chase Sapphire Preferred Card (2x on all travel purchases). Check out this post for more on maximizing airfare purchases.
As a reminder, you’ll need a tourist visa if you want to enter China — for help with visas we recommend our friends at Allied Passport & Visa. If you fly to Hong Kong, Macau or another destination at the beginning or end of your trip, you may be able to take advantage of China’s 72-hour visa waiver program. For example, you can book one of these fares, stop in Shanghai for 72 hours, continue on to Hong Kong on a separate ticket, then fly back through PVG to catch your AA or United flight home.
If you’re able to score one of these tickets, please share the good news in the comments below! Even after the introduction of the Chase Sapphire Reserve, the Chase Sapphire Preferred is still a fantastic choice if you want to avoid the Reserve’s $450 annual fee, earn 2x on all travel & dining and earn a 50,000 point sign up bonus.
Even after the introduction of the Chase Sapphire Reserve, the Chase Sapphire Preferred is still a fantastic choice if you want to avoid the Reserve’s $450 annual fee, earn 2x on all travel & dining and earn a 50,000 point sign up bonus.