Amazing Deal Alert: West Coast to Asia Starting at $285 Round-Trip

Aug 22, 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.

Deals to Asia, especially from the West Coast, aren’t uncommon. In fact, we wrote about great deals to South Korea just the other day. But we haven’t seen tickets this low in a while. We’re seeing great deals from Los Angeles (LAX) to Beijing (PEK) starting at $285 round-trip. Even better, it’s nonstop on Air China. Other deals available include China Southern, China Eastern and Hong Kong Airlines (be aware of the airline’s financial status) to destinations in China, Thailand and Vietnam.

It appears that the cheapest deals can be found using Skyscanner. We first spotted the Air China deal at SecretFlying.

To search, head to Google Flights or Skyscanner and enter your origin and destination cities. Scroll through the calendar function to find dates and prices that work for you. Finally, click through to book directly with the airline or Skyscanner.

Airline: Air China, China Southern, China Eastern, Hong Kong Airlines
Routes: LAX/SFO to PEK/KUL/MNL/BKK/SGN and likely more
Cost: $285+ round-trip in economy
Dates: September – 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® Card, Chase Sapphire Reserve, (3x on airfare) American Express® Gold Card (3x on airfare booked directly with the airline or amextravel.com) or Chase Sapphire Preferred Card (2x on travel)

Here are a few examples of what you can book:

Los Angeles (LAX) to Beijing (PEK) for $285 round-trip nonstop on Air China:

San Francisco (SFO) to Beijing (PEK) for $358 round-trip on China Southern: 

San Francisco (SFO) to Manila (MNNL) for $359 round-trip on Hong Kong Airlines via Exploretrip: 

Los Angeles (LAX) to Kuala Lumpur (KUL) for $370 round-trip on China Eastern:

San Francisco (SFO) to Beijing (PEK) for $396 round-trip on China Southern:

San Francisco (SFO) to Ho Chi Minh City (SGN) for $398 round-trip on Hong Kong Airlines via SmartFares:

San Francisco (SFO) to Bangkok (BKK) for $403 round-trip on Hong Kong Airlines via SmartFares:

San Francisco (SFO) to Shanghai (PVG) for $442 round-trip on Alaska and Hainan:

Maximize Your Purchase

Don’t forget to use a credit card that earns additional points on airfare purchases, such as The Platinum Card® from American Express (5x on flights booked directly with airlines or American Express Travel), Citi Prestige Card (5x on airfare), Chase Sapphire ReserveAmerican Express® Gold Card Citi Premier® Card (3x on airfare) or the Chase Sapphire Preferred Card (2x on all travel purchases). Check out this post for more on maximizing airfare purchases.

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