Deal Alert: US Cities to China From $464 Round-Trip

Jun 12, 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 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.

If you’ve been wanting to visit some of China’s most popular cities, now might be the time to book. We’re seeing some great fares to Beijing (PEK) and Shanghai (PVG) available for as little as $464 round-trip on a variety of carriers from several cities across the US.

Do your preliminary research on Google Flights, but once you have some dates in mind check the dates again on Expedia, as we found that fares dropped by about $30 or more when booking through the OTA.  If you’re planning to visit China, 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 and you’ll get a $5 discount just for TPG readers.

Airlines: Air Canada, Delta, United
Routes: BOS/PDX/ORD/SAN to PEK/PVG
Cost: $464+ round-trip in economy
Dates: September 2017 through January 2018
Booking Link: Orbitz or Expedia
Pay With: The Platinum Card from American Express (5x on airfare), Chase Sapphire ReserveCiti Prestige (3x on airfare) or Chase Sapphire Preferred (2x on travel)

Here are a few examples of what you can book:

Boston (BOS) to Shanghai (PVG) for $464 round-trip on Air Canada:

BOS-PVG $464

Portland (PDX) to Beijing (PEK) for $465 round-trip on Air Canada:

PDX-PEK $465

Portland (PDX) to Shanghai (PVG) for $478 round-trip on Air Canada:

PDX-PVG $478

Boston (BOS) to Beijing (PEK) for $493 round-trip on Delta:

BOS-PEK $494

San Diego (SAN) to Beijing (PEK) for $518 round-trip on Air Canada:

SAN-PEK $518

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

ORD-PEK $527

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 (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 Shanghai courtesy of Getty images.

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