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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 ReserveCiti Prestige (3x on airfare plus excellent trip delay insurance) or Chase Sapphire Preferred (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 (3x 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

The Platinum Card® from American Express

The American Express Platinum card has some of the best perks out there: cardholders enjoy the best domestic lounge access (Delta SkyClubs, Centurion Lounges, and Priority Pass), up to a $200 annual airline fee credit as well as up to $200 in Uber credits, and mid-tier elite status at SPG, Marriott, and Hilton. Combined with the 60,000 point welcome offer -- worth $1,140 based on TPG's valuations -- this card is a no-brainer for frequent travelers. Here are 5 reasons you should consider this card, as well as how you can figure out if the $550 annual fee makes sense for you.

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  • Earn 60,000 Membership Rewards® points after you use your new Card to make $5,000 in purchases in your first 3 months.
  • Enjoy Uber VIP status and free rides in the U.S. up to $15 each month, plus a bonus $20 in December. That can be up to $200 in annual Uber savings.
  • 5X Membership Rewards® points on flights booked directly with airlines or with American Express Travel.
  • 5X Membership Rewards points on prepaid hotels booked on amextravel.com.
  • Enjoy access to the Global Lounge Collection, the only credit card airport lounge access program that includes proprietary lounge locations around the world.
  • Receive complimentary benefits with an average total value of $550 with Fine Hotels & Resorts. Learn More.
  • $200 Airline Fee Credit, up to $200 per calendar year in baggage fees and more at one qualifying airline.
  • Get up to $100 in statement credits annually for purchases at Saks Fifth Avenue on your Platinum Card®. Enrollment required.
  • $550 annual fee.
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