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Deal Alert: $395 from the US to China R/T on Air Canada

Dec. 24, 2018
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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. 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.

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Americans are often deterred from visiting Asia for one major and understandable reason: It's expensive to get there. While there are quite a few destinations throughout Asia that are quite inexpensive, getting there is another story. Airfare will often put just the thought of a trip to Asia to rest. While ticket prices to major Asian cities don't get as low as trans-Atlantic deals (like $100 one-way to London) you can still find a fair share of deals for flights to various Asian cities. If you've been meaning to hop that other much larger pond to explore China, February might be one of the least expensive times to do so.

Air Canada is currently offering round-trip fares in economy for under $400. Fares are available throughout the United States are range from around $300 to $395 round-trip. All itineraries are reasonable, with just one stop, usually in Toronto or Vancouver. The fares are somewhat difficult to find and limited with fares available throughout February 2019.

Cities that are part of this round-trip airfare deal include Beijing (PEK) and Shanghai (PVG). Both cities offer plenty to do and are a great starting points for exploring China thanks to easy access to other means of transportation. And last, to make sure you don’t miss out on what the country has to offer, check out Get Your Guide’s list of best activities in Beijing and Shanghai.

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 through an OTA like Cheap-O-Air, Priceline, or Expedia. Note: the total cost will differ from what's on the Google Flight results page and what's offered through sites like Cheap-O-Air, Expedia, and Priceline. Check each OTA's final price to ensure you are booking a deal fare. Also, note that Cheap-O-Air is the most consistent OTA in regards to actually offering the fares seen through search engines like Google Flights and Kayak.

Airlines: Air Canada

Routes: AUS/BNA/IAD/MCI/MCO/MIA/STL/TPA/Various US Cities to PEK/PVG

Cost: $375 to $395 round-trip

Travel Dates: February-March 2019; Typically midweek departure/arrival dates

Book via: Cheap-O-Air, *Some itineraries also bookable via Expedia/Priceline*

Pay With: The Platinum Card® from American Express (5x on airfare booked directly with the airline), Citi Premier® Card, Chase Sapphire Reserve Card, American Express® Gold Card, Citi Prestige Card (3x on airfare plus excellent trip delay insurance) or Chase Sapphire Preferred Card (2x on travel)

Here are a few examples of what you can book:

St. Louis, MO (STL) to Beijing (PEK) for $395 round-trip via Cheap-O-Air:

(Image via Google Flights)
(Image via Google Flights)

Baltimore (BWI) to Beijing (PEK) for $395 round-trip via Cheap-O-Air:

(Image via Cheap-O-Air)

Austin (AUS) to Beijing (PEK) for $395 round-trip via Cheap-O-Air:

(Image via Cheap-O-Air)

Washington D.C. (DCA) to Shanghai for $388 round-trip via Cheap-O-Air:

(Image via Cheap-O-Air)
(Image via Cheap-O-Air)

Search Results via Kayak Displaying Cheap-O-Air Fares from DCA to PVG:

(Image via Kayak)
(Image via Kayak)

Google Flights Calendar Showing Miami (MIA) to Shanghai (PVG) Fares:

(Image via Google Flights)
(Image via Google Flights)

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 Card, American Express® Gold Card, Citi Premier® Card, Citi Prestige 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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  • For a limited time, earn 80,000 bonus ThankYou® Points after you spend $4,000 in purchases within the first 3 months of account opening
  • Earn 3 Points per $1 spent at Restaurants and Supermarkets
  • Earn 3 Points per $1 spent at Gas Stations, Air Travel and Hotels
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3XEarn 3 Points per $1 spent at Restaurants and Supermarkets
3XEarn 3 Points per $1 spent at Gas Stations, Air Travel and Hotels
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    For a limited time, earn 80,000 bonus ThankYou® Points after you spend $4,000 in purchases within the first 3 months of account opening

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Why We Chose It

The Citi Premier’s 3 points per dollar spent across a wide range of popular categories is one of the more lucrative offerings in the world of points and miles. The Citi Premier comes with a $95 annual fee and is currently offering a solid sign up bonus of 80,000 points after you spend $4,000 on purchases within the first three months. It also has some valuable transfer partners to make the most of your rewards. Add in access to Citi Entertainment plus a $100 hotel credit for any single-stay hotel booking that exceeds $500 or more, excluding taxes and fees, booked through the Citi travel website, there are few reasons why the Citi Premier should not be in every traveler’s wallet.

Pros

  • Earns 3x points on restaurants, supermarkets, gas stations, air travel and hotels.
  • $100 annual hotel savings benefit (on single hotel stay bookings of $500 or more, excluding taxes and fees, booked through thankyou.com)
  • Points transfer to 16 airline programs, from JetBlue to Virgin Atlantic.
  • World Elite Mastercard benefits, extended warranty, damage and theft protection.

Cons

  • $95 annual fee
  • Lacks travel protections that other travel rewards cards come with
  • For a limited time, earn 80,000 bonus ThankYou® Points after you spend $4,000 in purchases within the first 3 months of account opening
  • Earn 3 Points per $1 spent at Restaurants and Supermarkets
  • Earn 3 Points per $1 spent at Gas Stations, Air Travel and Hotels
  • Earn 1 Point per $1 spent on all other purchases
  • Annual Hotel Savings Benefit
  • 80,000 Points are redeemable for $800 in gift cards when redeemed at thankyou.com
  • No expiration and no limit to the amount of points you can earn with this card
  • No Foreign Transaction Fees on purchases