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Airfare deals are typically only available on limited dates. We recommend 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.

Flights to China are on sale, with fares starting from just $478 round-trip. You can fly from Boston (BOS), Los Angeles (LAX), Seattle (SEA) and San Francisco (SFO) to either Beijing (PEK) or Shanghai (PVG) on a variety of carriers including American, Delta and Hainan, with availability from September 2017 through March 2018. Search for your ideal itinerary on Google Flights and then complete booking directly through the airline.

Airline: American, Delta, Hainan
Routes: BOS/LAX/SEA/SFO to PEK/PVG
Cost: $478+ round-trip in economy
Dates: September 2017 – March 2018
Booking Link: Orbitz or Expedia
Pay With: The Platinum Card from American Express (5x on airfare), Chase Sapphire ReservePremier Rewards Gold Card from American ExpressCiti Prestige (3x on airfare) or Chase Sapphire Preferred (2x on travel)

Here are a few examples of what you can book:

Seattle (SEA) to Shanghai (PVG) for $478 round-trip on Hainan:
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San Francisco (SFO) to Beijing (PEK) for $487 round-trip on Hainan:
Screen Shot 2017-04-21 at 12.22.08 PMBoston (BOS) to Beijing (PEK) for $488 round-trip on Delta:

Screen Shot 2017-04-21 at 1.02.36 PMSeattle (SEA) to Beijing (PEK) for $488 round-trip on Delta:

Screen Shot 2017-04-21 at 1.04.35 PMBoston (BOS) to Shanghai (PVG) for $512 round-trip on American:

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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 ReserveAmerican Express Premier Rewards Gold or Citi Prestige (3x on airfare) or the Chase Sapphire Preferred (2x on all travel purchases). Check out this post for more on maximizing airfare purchases.

If you’re able to score one of these tickets, please share the good news in the comments below!

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