Deal Alert: Widespread Flights to China on AA, United, Delta From $305 Round-Trip

Aug 14, 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. 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.

While you can often find cheap flights to China on mainland Chinese carriers, it’s not as common for flights on US airlines like American Airlines, United and Delta. Whether you’re looking for a cheap mileage run or an inexpensive vacation, there are cheap flights from all over the US to either Beijing (PEK) or Shanghai (PVG) from just $305 round-trip. We are currently finding at least 13 cities (Los Angeles, San Diego, Orange County, St. Louis, Denver, Boston, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Raleigh/Durham, Columbus, Phoenix, Las Vegas, Orlando) with flights under $400 round-trip.

Unless you book a flight to a third country, you can’t take advantage of China’s “visa-free transit” policy. So, make sure you get the right visa before traveling or you won’t even be able to get on the planeTPG recommends using a third-party service like Allied Passport & Visa, and if you mention The Points Guy on your order form, you’ll get a $5 discount.

Looking for a pick-me-up to beat jet lag? Maybe stop by the world’s largest Starbucks in Shanghai. If you want to check out one of China’s most famous attractions, The Forbidden City, check out Get Your Guide for tickets and more activity recommendations while you’re in Beijing.

To book, head to Google Flights and plug in your desired departure city. After finding dates that work best for you, book with directly or with an OTA such as Expedia or Priceline.

Airlines: American Airlines, Delta, United
Routes: LAX/SAN/SNA/STL/DEN/PVG/PHL/PIT/RDU/CMH/ZFV/PHX/LAS/MCO to PEK/PVG
Cost: $305+ round-trip
Travel Dates: August 2019 to 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 booked directly with airlines or through Amex Travel) 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 Airlines:

Los Angeles (LAX) to Beijing (PEK) for $320 round-trip on United:

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

Orange County (SNA) to Beijing (PEK) for $349 round-trip on Delta:

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

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

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

Boston (BOS) to Shanghai (PVG) for $378 round-trip on American Airlines:

Philadelphia (PHL) to Shanghai (PVG) for $378 round-trip on American Airlines:

Pittsburgh (PIT) to Shanghai (PVG) for $379 round-trip on American Airlines:

Raleigh/Durham (RDU) to Shanghai (PVG) for $379 round-trip on American Airlines:

Columbus (CMH) to Shanghai (PVG) for $382 round-trip on American Airlines:

Philadelphia (ZFV) to Beijing (PEK) for $385 round-trip on Amtrak and United:

Philadelphia (PHL) to Beijing (PEK) for $399 round-trip on Delta:

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

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

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

Las Vegas (LAS) to Shanghai (PVG) for $399 round-trip on American Airlines:

Las Vegas (LAS) to Shanghai (PVG) for $399 round-trip on Delta:

Las Vegas (LAS) to Shanghai (PVG) for $399 round-trip on United:

Denver (DEN) to Beijing (PEK) for $399 round-trip on Delta:

Orlando (MCO) to Beijing (PEK) for $399 round-trip on American Airlines:

Orlando (MCO) to Beijing (PEK) for $399 round-trip on United:

Orlando (MCO) to Beijing (PEK) for $399 round-trip on Delta:

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 CardCiti 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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