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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.
United is currently offering a fantastic fare on flights from Chicago O’Hare (ORD) to Beijing (PEK) for departures on just about every day remaining in April, starting at under $500 round-trip. To find your flights, search on Google Flights then head over to United’s site to book. This flight is cheap enough that it make make sense to book a separate round-trip flight to and from Chicago to take advantage of this deal.
This Chicago-Beijing nonstop flight is operated by United’s 747, and would be a great opportunity to experience the Queen of the Skies before the airline retires its 747 fleet in a few years. If you decide to book this deal, be sure to download plenty of movies on to your laptop or tablet, as the economy cabin in United’s 747 does not come equipped with personal in-flight entertainment (though there is Wi-Fi and personal device streaming available).
Route: ORD to PEK
Cost: $493+ round-trip in economy
Dates: April 2016
Fare Class: G
Miles Earned: 13,158 elite-qualifying miles
Booking Link: Orbitz
Pay With: American Express® Gold Card, Citi Prestige or Chase Sapphire Preferred
Here are some examples of what you can book:
Chicago (ORD) to Beijing (PEK) on United for $493 round-trip (earns 13,158 PQMs):
Chicago (ORD) to Beijing (PEK) on United for $501 round-trip (earns 13,158 PQMs):
Maximize Your Purchase
Don’t forget to use a credit card that earns additional points on airfare purchases, such as the American Express® Gold Card 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
If you’re able to score one of these tickets, please share the good news in the comments below! The Points Guy Assessment: The Chase Sapphire Preferred is a great pick for the beginner and the frequent traveler. The CSP has superb travel benefits, double points on certain purchases, and a 50,000 point sign up bonus. The $95 annual fee is waived the first year so this puts it as one of the less expensive cards, while still allowing you to earn one of the most valuable point currencies.
The Points Guy Assessment:
The Chase Sapphire Preferred is a great pick for the beginner and the frequent traveler. The CSP has superb travel benefits, double points on certain purchases, and a 50,000 point sign up bonus. The $95 annual fee is waived the first year so this puts it as one of the less expensive cards, while still allowing you to earn one of the most valuable point currencies.