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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 or Expedia, which allows you to cancel flights without penalty by 11pm Eastern Time within one day of booking. However, if you’re using the American Express Platinum Card, you’ll need to book directly with the airline or through Amex Travel portal to get 5x MR points. Remember: Fares may disappear quickly, so book right away and take advantage of Orbitz or Expedia’s courtesy cancellation if you’re unable to get the time away from work or family.
Traveling to China from North America typically isn’t a cheap trip, especially as the weather starts to warm up and tourists flock to Chinese cities. However, Air Canada is offering discounted fares on flight from Boston (BOS), Chicago (ORD), New York (JFK) and Washington D.C. (IAD) to Beijing (PEK) starting from just $435 round-trip. Availability is pretty wide open for departures from now through June 2017. This deal doesn’t stretch through the entire summer, but even in April, the average temperature in the Chinese capital is a balmy 70° Fahrenheit.
If you’re planning to visit China (or any other country that requires a visa), TPG recommends using a third-party service like Allied Passport & Visa to simplify the process and improve your chances of getting approved. Mention The Points Guy on your order form to get a $5 discount just for TPG readers.
Airline: Air Canada
Route: BOS, ORD, JFK, IAD — PEK
Cost: $435 round-trip in economy
Dates: December — June 2017
Booking Link: Orbitz or Expedia
Pay With: The Platinum Card from American Express (5x on airfare), Chase Sapphire Reserve, Premier Rewards Gold Card from American Express, Citi Prestige (3x on airfare) or Chase Sapphire Preferred (2x on travel)
Here are a few examples of what you can book:
Chicago (ORD) to Beijing (PEK) for $435 round-trip in June:
Boston (BOS) to Beijing (PEK) for $463 round-trip in April:
New York (LGA) to Beijing (PEK) for $503 round-trip in April:
Washington D.C. (IAD) to Beijing (PEK) for $603 round-trip in April:
Maximize Your Purchase
Don’t forget to use a credit card that earns additional points on airfare purchases, such as the American Express Platinum Card (5x on flights booked directly with airlines or American Express Travel), Chase Sapphire Reserve, 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.
Featured image of Beijing courtesy of Getty Images.
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