Business-class flights to China have dropped to $1,516 round-trip

Nov 7, 2019

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If you have plans to fly to China soon — or you’re making a mad dash for American Airlines elite status — I have the perfect deal for you.

We’re seeing round-trip business-class tickets on American and Japan Airlines from cities like Los Angeles (LAX), San Diego (SAN) and Boston (BOS) starting at just $1,516 round-trip. The deal from Los Angeles includes a leg to Asia on American and the Asia leg on JAL. Yes, round-trip. Travel dates appear to be between January and March of next year.

We saw the deals through American Express Travel’s International Airline Program (IAP). If you’re a holder of The Platinum Card® from American Express, The Business Platinum Card® from American Express, or The Centurion Card from American Express the program can save you hundreds. Cash prices on Google Flights, for instance, are starting at nearly $1,700 round-trip.

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Airline: JAL/American
Cost: $1,516+ round-trip in business
Dates: January 2020 – 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 when booked directly with the airline) 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 $1,516 round-trip in business class on American and JAL:

San Diego (SAN) to Beijing (PEK) for $2,067 round-trip on JAL:

Boston (BOS) to Beijing (PEK) for $2,067 round-trip on JAL:

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), Chase Sapphire Reserve, American Express® Gold Card,  Citi Premier® Card, Citi Prestige Card (5x on airfare) or the Chase Sapphire Preferred Card (2x on all travel purchases). Check out our guide to maximizing airfare purchases for more details.

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