Deal Alert: US to Beijing From $492 Round-Trip
Update: Some offers mentioned below are no longer available. View the current offers here.
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 or Expedia, which allows you to cancel flights without penalty by 11pm Eastern Time within one day of booking. However, if you’re using the American Express Platinum Card, you’ll need to book directly with the airline or through Amex Travel portal to get 5x MR points. Remember: Fares may disappear quickly, so book right away and take advantage of Orbitz or Expedia’s courtesy cancellation if you’re unable to get the time away from work or family.
United's once again offering cheap fares to Beijing (PEK), with prices starting at just $492 round-trip for flights from Boston (BOS). Fly for just a little over $500 round-trip from other cities including Hartford, Connecticut (BDL), Chicago (ORD) and San Francisco (SFO) with plenty of availability from now through early May. If you're based in the San Fransisco area you'll have a chance to fly the airline's Boeing 747, which is being retired sooner than we previously thought.
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 to simplify what can be a complex process. Mention The Points Guy on your order form to get a $5 discount just for TPG readers.
Route: BOS, BDL, ORD, SFO to PEK
Cost: $492+ round-trip in economy
Dates: February - 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:
Boston (BOS) to Beijing (PEK) for $492 round-trip in April:
San Francisco (SFO) to Beijing (PEK) for $513 round-trip in April:
Chicago (ORD) to Beijing (PEK) for $528 round-trip in April:
Hartford (BDL) to Beijing (PEK) for $560 round-trip in April - May:
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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