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Tickets to the Chinese capital are currently on sale. You can fly on United from San Francisco (SFO) to Beijing (PEK) with fares starting at just $478 round-trip. Flights are nonstop and availability is wide open. The sale is valid for departures from September through mid-December 2016, as well as from the end of January through April 2017.
Beijing has changed a lot over the years, transforming from an ancient city into a booming metropolis. You can explore the Forbidden City and sample some exotic street food, or venture to the Great Wall in Mutainyu, a TPG favorite. 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 because it can get very complicated. Mention The Points Guy on your order form to get a $5 discount just for TPG readers.
Route: SFO to PEK
Cost: $478+ round-trip in economy
Dates: September – December 2016 & January 2017 – April 2017
Booking Link: Expedia
Pay With: Chase Sapphire Reserve, American Express® Gold Card, Citi Prestige Card or Chase Sapphire Preferred
Here are a few examples of what you can book:
San Francisco (SFO) to Beijing (PEK) for $478 round-trip in October:
San Francisco (SFO) to Beijing (PEK) for $478 round-trip in December:
San Francisco (SFO) to Beijing (PEK) for $498 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 Chase Sapphire Reserve, 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.
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H/T: The Flight Deal
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