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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.

American Airlines has cheap flights to Shanghai (PVG) and Beijing (PEK) today, priced from just $503 round-trip. Travelers originating in a variety of US cities, including Chicago (ORD), New York (LGA), Seattle (SEA) and more can book this fare on a handful of dates between February and April. Most of the flights include a short layover in Chicago or Dallas, however there are a few nonstop options available as well.

Keep in mind that you need a visa to visit China — we recommend using Allied Passport & Visa to get yours. However, depending on your travel plans, a transit visa may satisfy the requirements to enter the country.

Airline: American
Route: LGA, ORD, SEA and more to PEK and PVG
Cost: $502-$601+ round-trip in economy
Dates: February 2016 through April 2016
Elite Mileage Earning: At least 14,114 elite-qualifying miles
Fare Class: O
Booking Link: Orbitz
Pay With: American Express Premier Rewards Gold, Citi Prestige or Chase Sapphire Preferred

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Here are a few examples of what you can book:

Seattle (SEA) to Shanghai (PVG) for $503 on American (earns 17,788 EQMs):

Seattle (SEA) to Shanghai (PVG) for $503 on American.

New York (LGA) to Shanghai (PVG) for $587 on American (earns 15,581 EQMs):

New York (LGA) to Shanghai (PVG) for $587 on American.

New York (LGA) to Beijing (PEK) for $587 on American (earns 15,672 EQMs):

New York (LGA) to Beijing (PEK) for $587 on American.

Chicago (ORD) to Shanghai (PVG) for $601 on American (earns 14,114 EQMs):

Chicago (ORD) to Shanghai (PVG) for $601 on American.

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.

H/T: The Flight Deal

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