Deal Alert: US to China From $442 Round-Trip

May 20, 2017

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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 Platinum Card® from American Express, 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.

Multiple full-service carriers are offering cheap flights from the US to China, with prices starting at just $442 round-trip. You can depart from Boston (BOS), Chicago (ORD), Las Vegas (LAS), Portland (PDX), San Diego (SAN) and Seattle (SEA) to either Beijing (PEK) and/or Shanghai (PVG).

These low are fares are available from late August 2017 through April 2018 on carriers like Air Canada, Air China, Delta, Hainan and United, which provide free checked bags and meals. Some flights are even nonstops, which makes this deal even sweeter. You’ll want to use Google Flights to find your ideal departure/destination city and dates.

You’ll need a visa to enter China for more than a few days and 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.

Airlines: Air Canada, Air China, Delta, Hainan and United
Routes: BOS/LAS/PDX/ORD/SAN/SEA to PEK/PVG
Cost: $442+ round-trip in economy
Dates: Late August 2017 – April 2018
Booking Link: Orbitz or Expedia
Pay With: The Platinum Card from American Express (5x on airfare), Chase Sapphire Reserve, American Express® Gold Card, Citi Prestige Card (5x on airfare) or Chase Sapphire Preferred Card (2x on travel)

Here are a few examples of what you can book:

Las Vegas (LAS) to Beijing (PEK) on Air Canada for $442 round-trip via Expedia:

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Seattle (SEA) to Shanghai (PVG) nonstop on Hainan for $478 round-trip:

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Portland (PDX) to Beijing (PEK) on Air Canada/Air China for $484 round-trip via Priceline:

Seattle (ORD) to Beijing (PEK) nonstop on Delta for $488 round-trip:

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Boston (BOS) to Beijing (PEK) on United for $488 round-trip:

Chicago (ORD) to Beijing (PEK) nonstop on United for $528 round-trip:

San Diego (SAN) to Beijing (PEK) nonstop Air Canada for $538 round-trip via Expedia:

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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, American Express® Gold Card or Citi Prestige (5x 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!

Featured image of the Shanghai courtesy of Yongyuan via Getty Images.

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