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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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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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