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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.

Airline: United
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, Premier Rewards Gold Card from American ExpressCiti 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.

San Francisco (SFO) to Beijing (PEK) for $478 round-trip in December:

San Francisco (SFO) to Beijing (PEK) for $478 round-trip.

San Francisco (SFO) to Beijing (PEK) for $498 round-trip in April:

San Francisco (SFO) to Beijing (PEK) for $498 round-trip.

Maximize Your Purchase

Don’t forget to use a credit card that earns additional points on airfare purchases, such as the Chase Sapphire Reserve, Premier Rewards Gold Card from American Express 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 by DuKai photographer/Getty Images.

H/T: The Flight Deal

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