Deal Alert: US Cities to China From $394 Round-Trip, Premium Economy From $886 Round-Trip
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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 American Express Platinum Card, you’ll need to book directly with the airline or through 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.
China is on a lot of travelers’ bucket lists. And that’s for good reason, with its incredible history and culture. If you book quickly, you can even visit “China’s Hawaii” visa-free for the next 30 days. But, if you can’t get away until next winter, don’t worry; there’s plenty of reason to visit China then, too. Good news if you’re looking to check the country off your bucket list: several airlines are offering round-trip fares from the US from $394. And, if you want a little more space to spread out and get improved catering and service, American Airlines and Delta have nonstop premium economy options starting at $886 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 plane. TPG 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.
To book, head to Google Flights and plug in your desired departure city. Then, after finding the dates that work best for you, book with the airline directly or with an OTA such as Expedia or Priceline. If you want to make sure that your ticket includes a carry-on bag, you’ll want to use Google Flights’ newest feature that allows you to filter out no-carry-on fares.
Airline: Hong Kong Airlines, Delta, United, American
Routes: SFO/SEA/SAN/ORD/DEN/LAX to PVG/PEK
Cost: $394+ round-trip in economy; $886+ round-trip in premium economy
Dates: September-March 2019
Booking Link: Orbitz, Expedia or directly with the airline. Hong Kong Airlines options seem to be cheapest through Kayak.
Pay With: The Platinum Card from American Express (5x on airfare), Chase Sapphire Reserve, Citi Prestige (5x on airfare plus excellent trip delay insurance) or Chase Sapphire Preferred Card (2x on travel)
San Francisco (SFO) to Shanghai (PVG) on Hong Kong Airlines for $394 round-trip:
Seattle (SEA) to Shanghai (PVG) or Beijing (PEK) nonstop on Delta for $470 round-trip:
San Diego (SAN) to Shanghai (PVG) on Delta/United/American for $485 round-trip:
San Francisco (SFO) to Beijing (PEK) nonstop on United for $490 round-trip:
Chicago (ORD) to Beijing (PEK) nonstop on American for $489 round-trip:
Denver (DEN) to Shanghai (PVG) on American/United/Delta for $515 round-trip:
Los Angeles (LAX) to Shanghai (PVG) nonstop on American/United for $548 round-trip:
Los Angeles (LAX) to Beijing (PEK) nonstop in American Airlines premium economy for $885 round-trip:
Los Angeles (LAX) to Shanghai (PVG) nonstop in Delta Premium Select for $967 round-trip:
Maximize Your Purchase
Don’t forget to use a credit card that earns additional points on airfare purchases, such as the American Express Platinum Card (5x on flights booked directly with airlines or American Express Travel), Chase Sapphire Reserve, or Citi Prestige (5x 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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