Deal Alert: US Cities to China From $487 Round-Trip

Sep 7, 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.

Several airlines are offering fares to several Mainland Chinese cities for a great price. You can fly for as little as $487 round-trip between New York (JFK) and Beijing (PEK) on ANA, though plenty of other deals are available to other cities such as Shanghai (PVG), Chengdu (CTU) and Xi’an (XIY). The deals are generally available from the end of September through December 2017, but exact availability will depend on where you’re originating and where you’d like to travel to. As always, we recommend doing your research on Google Flights and then completing your booking directly through the airline when possible. If you don’t already have a visa for travel to China, we recommend using Allied Passport & Visa to help you expedite what can normally be a confusing and time-consuming process.

Airlines: American, ANA, Asiana, Delta, United
Routes: JFK/LAX/ORD/SFO to PEK/PVG/CTU/XIY
Cost: $487+ round-trip in economy
Dates: September – December 2017
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:

New York (JFK) to Beijing (PEK) for $487 round-trip on ANA:

Screen Shot 2017-09-07 at 2.05.17 PMChicago (ORD) to Beijing (PEK) for $528 round-trip on American:

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San Francisco (SFO) to Xi’an (XIY) for $564 round-trip on United:

Screen Shot 2017-09-07 at 2.17.42 PMLos Angeles (LAX) to Shanghai (PVG) for $566 round-trip on American:

Screen Shot 2017-09-07 at 2.12.01 PMChicago (ORD) to Shanghai (PVG) for $584 round-trip on ANA:

Screen Shot 2017-09-07 at 2.10.34 PMNew York (JFK) to Shanghai (PVG) for $586 round-trip on ANA:

Screen Shot 2017-09-07 at 2.08.45 PMLos Angeles (LAX) to Beijing (PEK) for $595 round-trip on Asiana:

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Boston (BOS) to Shanghai (PVG) for $608 round-trip on Delta:

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San Francisco (SFO) to Chengdu (CTU) for $654 round-trip on United:

Screen Shot 2017-09-07 at 2.12.41 PMMaximize 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.

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