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Deal Alert: US Cities to Beijing From $457 Round-Trip

July 30, 2017
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Deal Alert: US Cities to Beijing From $457 Round-Trip
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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.

The US legacy airlines are at it again. Earlier this month, American, Delta and United offered some great fares on flights to China. Today, those fares are back — but to more cities and, in some cases, even cheaper than before. Look for flights to Beijing (PEK) from Phoenix (PHX), Philadelphia/30th Street Station (ZFV), Boston (BOS), Chicago (ORD), Denver (DEN) Las Vegas (LAS), San Diego (SAN) and San Francisco (SFO) starting at just $457 round-trip.

Travelers can find availability at these prices with departures from September through April, save for the December holidays. Some of these airfares are even available one-way should you want to use points or miles for the other leg; just use Google Flights to find the dates you want, then book on Orbitz, Expedia or directly with the airline itself. Since these are international trips on mainstream carriers, passengers will get their first checked bag free and a complimentary meal during the flight.

While travelers won't be able to take advantage of China's "visa-free transit" policy on these itineraries since there isn't a visit to a third country, be sure you get the proper visa before traveling. TPG recommends using a third-party service like Allied Passport & Visa; mention The Points Guy on your order form and receive a $5 discount.

Airlines: American Airlines, Delta Airlines, United Airlines
Routes: BOS/ZFV/ORD/PHX/LAS/DEN/SAN/SFO to PEK
Cost: $457+ round-trip in economy
Dates: September through April
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:

Phoenix (PHX) to Beijing, China (PEK) for $457 round-trip on United via Orbitz:

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Las Vegas (LAS) to Beijing (PEK) for $473 round-trip on American via Orbitz:

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Denver (DEN) to Beijing (PEK) for $473 round-trip on American via Orbitz:

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Boston (BOS) to Beijing (PEK) for $478 round-trip on Delta via Orbitz:

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Philadelphia/30th Street Station (ZFV) to Beijing (PEK) for $492 round-trip on United via Orbitz:

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San Francisco (SFO) to Beijing (PEK) nonstop for $521 round-trip on American via Orbitz:

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San Diego (SAN) to Beijing (PEK) nonstop for $523 round-trip on American via Orbitz:

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

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Maximize Your Purchase

Be sure 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.

H/T: The Flight Deal

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    Credit ranges are a variation of FICO© Score 8, one of many types of credit scores lenders may use when considering your credit card application.

    670-850
    Excellent/Good

Why We Chose It

There's a lot to love about the Amex Gold card. It's been a fan favorite during the pandemic because of its fantastic rewards rate on restaurants (that includes takeout and delivery in the U.S.!) and U.S. supermarkets. If you're hitting the skies soon, you'll also earn bonus points on travel. Paired with up to $120 in Uber Cash (for U.S. Uber rides or Uber Eats orders) and up to $120 in annual dining statement credits at eligible partners, there's no reason that the foodie shouldn't add this card to their wallet. Enrollment required.

Pros

  • 4x on dining at restaurants and U.S. supermarkets (on the first $25,000 in purchases per calendar year; then 1x)
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  • Weak on travel outside of flights and everyday spending bonus categories
  • Not as useful for those living outside the U.S.
  • Some may have trouble using Uber/food credits
  • Few travel perks and protections
  • Earn 60,000 Membership Rewards® points after you spend $4,000 on eligible purchases with your new Card within the first 6 months of Card Membership.
  • Earn 4X Membership Rewards® Points at Restaurants, plus takeout and delivery in the U.S., and earn 4X Membership Rewards® points at U.S. supermarkets (on up to $25,000 per calendar year in purchases, then 1X).
  • Earn 3X Membership Rewards® points on flights booked directly with airlines or on amextravel.com.
  • $120 Uber Cash on Gold: Add your Gold Card to your Uber account and each month automatically get $10 in Uber Cash for Uber Eats orders or Uber rides in the U.S., totaling up to $120 per year.
  • $120 Dining Credit: Satisfy your cravings and earn up to $10 in statement credits monthly when you pay with the American Express® Gold Card at Grubhub, The Cheesecake Factory, Goldbelly, Wine.com, Milk Bar and select Shake Shack locations. Enrollment required.
  • Choose the color that suits your style. Gold or Rose Gold.
  • No Foreign Transaction Fees.
  • Annual Fee is $250.
  • Terms Apply.
  • See Rates & Fees