Deal alert: Flights to China have dropped to $305 round-trip

Sep 18, 2019

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Earlier today, we published unreal deals to China and parts of Asia for less than $1,500 round-trip in business class. Now we’re also seeing cheap deals to China in economy starting at just $305 round-trip on several major airlines, including U.S. carriers.

The deals are from major U.S. cities like Boston (BOS), Los Angeles (LAX) and San Francisco (SFO), but we’re also seeing deals from cities we don’t see often, such as St. Louis (STL).

To search, head to Google Flights 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 an OTA like Orbitz or Expedia.

Airline: Delta, American, China Southern, United
Routes: LAX/SFO/SAN/BOS/PHX/DEN/STL – PEK/PVG
Cost: $305+ round-trip in economy
Dates: September – April 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 a few examples of what you can book:

Los Angeles (LAX) to Beijing (PEK) for $305 round-trip nonstop on American:

St. Louis (STL) to Beijing (PEK) for $349 round-trip on American:

Denver (DEN) to Beijing (PEK) for $349 round-trip on United:

San Diego (SAN) to Beijing (PEK) for $349 round-trip on United:

San Francisco (SFO) to Shanghai (PVG) for $399 round-trip on China Southern:

Phoenix (PHX) to Shanghai (PVG) for $399 round-trip on Delta:

Boston (BOS) to Shanghai (PVG) for $399 round-trip on Delta:

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