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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. Additionally, keep in mind that discounted partner fares may not earn miles with US-based carriers.
Looking for a great business-class deal to Asia? Travelers originating in Canadian cities, specifically Montreal (YUL), Toronto (YYZ) and Vancouver (YVR), can find very cheap biz flights on Air Canada, Qatar and a few other airlines. Many of these deals also include nonstop service. The discounted tickets are available throughout 2016 all the way up until December (although exact availability will vary based on your origin and destination).
Moreover, if you’re flying on Star Alliance-partner Air Canada, you’ll most likely be assigned to the “P” fare class for Executive Class (Air Canada’s business product), meaning you’ll earn 200% PQMs with United based on flight distance. If you’re not flying Air Canada, you may be able to earn miles for other US-based carriers depending on which airline you fly with.
Airlines: Air Canada, Qatar and more
Routes: YUL, YVR, YYZ and more to Asia
Cost: $2,135-$2,571+ round-trip in business
Dates: February 2016 through December 2016
Elite Mileage Earning: At least 20,432 premier-qualifying miles
Fare Class: P
Booking Link: Orbitz
Pay With: American Express Premier Rewards Gold, Citi Prestige or Chase Sapphire Preferred
Here are a few examples of what you can book:
Montreal (YUL) to Bangkok (BKK) for $3,037 CAD ($2,135 USD) on Qatar:
Vancouver (YVR) to Shanghai (PVG) for $3,114 CAD ($2,188 USD) on Air Canada (earns 22,460 PQMs):
Toronto (YYZ) to Beijing (PEK) for $3,472 CAD ($2,439 USD) on Air Canada (earns 26,312 PQMs):
Vancouver (YVR) to Seoul (ICN) for $3,661 CAD ($2,571 USD) on Air Canada (earns 20,432 PQMs):
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.
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.