Deal alert: Fly to Shanghai or Beijing on Air Canada for $339–$550

Nov 30, 2019

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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 the Amex Travel portal to get 5x MR points (on up to $500,000 on these purchases per calendar year). 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.

Now is the time to lock in on some inexpensive flights to Shanghai or Beijing via Air Canada. While availability is limited to certain dates in February and March 2020, the fares — ranging from $350-ish to $550-ish round-trip in economy — are worth booking.

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We like to use Google Flights to find fare deals like this. Enter your city pairs and then review the calendar to find dates and prices that work. Once you’ve found a route that works, click through to book directly with the airline or an OTA like Expedia or Priceline.

Airline: Air Canada
Routes: Travel to Shanghai or Beijing from Charlotte, Chicago, Dallas, Detroit, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, Minneapolis, New Orleans, New York, Orlando, Pittsburgh, Portland, Seattle, St. Louis, San Diego or San Francisco via Vancouver
Cost: $325–$551
Travel Dates: February and March 2020
Pay With: The Platinum Card® from American Express (5x on airfare booked directly with the airline), Citi Prestige® Card (5x on airfare),  Citi Premier® CardChase Sapphire Reserve (3x on airfare), American Express® Gold Card (3x on airfare when booked directly with the airline) or Chase Sapphire Preferred Card (2x on travel)

Here are some sample fares we found:

Las Vegas-LAS to Shanghai-PVG for $339 per person, round-trip in economy

Seattle-SEO to Shanghai-PVG for $352 per person, round-trip in economy

Chicago-ORD to Beijing-PEK for $435 per person, round-trip in economy

Minneapolis-MSP to Beijing-PEK for $542 per person, round-trip in economy

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