Deal Alert: Nonstop Flights to China From $342 Round-Trip, Premium Economy From $885

Jul 19, 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 Orbitzor 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.

China is on a lot of travelers’ bucket lists. And that’s for good reason, with its incredible history and culture. Good news if you’re looking to check the country off your bucket list: we are seeing some amazing nonstop deals to China’s capital starting at just $342 round-trip nonstop in economy and $885 round-trip nonstop in premium economy.

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.

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.

Airline: United, Delta, American
Routes: SFO/SEA/LAX to PEK/PVG
Cost: $342 round-trip in economy, $885 round-trip in premium economy
Dates: September-October for United’s economy deal, September-November for Delta’s economy deal, August-April for AA’s premium economy deal
Booking Link: OrbitzExpedia or directly with the airline
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 Beijing (PEK) nonstop on United for $342 round-trip:

San Francisco (SFO) to Beijing (PEK) nonstop on United for $342 round-trip:

Seattle (SEA) to Shanghai (PVG) nonstop on Delta for $469 round-trip:

Seattle (SEA) to Beijing (PEK) nonstop on Delta for $489 round-trip:

Los Angeles (LAX) to Beijing (PEK) nonstop on American for $885 round-trip:

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, 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.

H/T: Scott’s Cheap Flights

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