Deal Alert: US Cities to Beijing From $447 Round-Trip
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We're currently seeing great deals to China's capital from several US cities including Boston, Chicago, San Francisco and Seattle. If you're based in Seattle, you can fly to Beijing nonstop for just $447 round-trip — the other departure cities all have a short layover in North America for each leg. There's plenty of availability from each city from March through May 2017.
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Airline: Air Canada, Alaska, Delta, Hainan, United
Route: BOS, ORD, SEA, SFO to PEK
Cost: $447+ round-trip in economy
Dates: March - May 2017
Booking Link: Orbitz or Expedia
Pay With: The Platinum Card from American Express (5x on airfare), Chase Sapphire Reserve, Citi Prestige (3x on airfare) or Chase Sapphire Preferred (2x on travel)
Here are a few examples of what you can book:
Seattle (SEA) to Beijing (PEK) for $447 round-trip in April on Delta:
San Francisco (SFO) to Beijing (PEK) for $479 round-trip in April on Hainan:
Boston (BOS) to Beijing (PEK) for $492 round-trip in April on United:
Chicago (ORD) to Beijing (PEK) for $508 round-trip in May on Air Canada:
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, 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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