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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.
Hainan Airlines is currently offering discounted fares from several US cities to Beijing. We’re seeing round-trip flights available for as low as $558 from Chicago O’Hare (ORD) for departures from September to November 2016. You can also fly non-stop from Boston (BOS) and Seattle (SEA), and with one stop from Newark (EWR). We recommend using Google Flights to select your flights, and then complete booking on Hainan’s website.
Hainan is a partner of Alaska Airlines, so you’ll be able to earn elite-qualifying and redeemable Alaska miles at a rate of 50%, according to Alaska’s mileage earning chart. You may also be able to find discounted fares to Shanghai as part of this sale.
Airlines: Hainan Airlines
Routes: ORD, BOS, SEA and EWR to PEK
Cost: $558+ round-trip in economy
Dates: September 2016 – November 2016
Booking Link: Orbitz
Pay With: American Express® Gold Card, Citi Prestige or Chase Sapphire Preferred
Here are a few examples of what you can book:
Chicago O’Hare (ORD) to Beijing (PEK) for $558 round-trip on Hainan in October:
Seattle (SEA) to Beijing (PEK) for $608 round-trip on Hainan in October:
Boston (BOS) to Beijing (PEK) for $658 round-trip on Hainan in November:
Newark (EWR) to Beijing (PEK) for $673 round-trip on Hainan in October:
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.
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.
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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.