Deal Alert: Los Angeles to China in Business Class for $1,609 Round-Trip

Jun 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.

Here’s a solid deal on a business class ticket from Los Angeles (LAX) to Beijing (PEK) or Shanghai (PVG) on Hainan starting at $1,609 round-trip. This is a great deal as round-trip business class tickets on Hainan to China’s capital city can cost more than $2,400, according to Google Flights data. There are also business class fares from Los Angeles to other Chinese cities such as Guangzhou (CAN) available for just a bit more.

The flights are on Hainan’s Boeing 787, and a TPG review gave it solid marks. You can also earn valuable Alaska miles on these flights since Hainan and Alaska are partners.

Business class in Hainan's 787.
Business class in Hainan’s 787.

The tickets to Shanghai can be purchased using an OTA like Orbitz, as the fares reprice when trying to book on Hainan’s site. Note that the tickets are in Hainan’s business saver class, which means you’ll pay a fee to change or cancel your ticket. All tickets include one layover in both directions.

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 Priceline or Expedia.

Airline: Hainan
Routes: LAX to PEK/PVG/CAN
Cost: $1,609+ round-trip in business
Travel Dates:
August – December
Pay With: 
The Platinum Card® from American Express (5x on airfare booked directly with the airline), Citi Prestige Card (5x on airfare plus excellent trip delay insurance),  Citi Premier® CardChase Sapphire ReserveAmerican Express® Gold Card (3x on airfare when booked directly with the airline) 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 $1,609 round-trip:

Los Angeles (LAX) to Shanghai (PVG) for $1,700 round-trip:

Los Angeles (LAX) to Guangzhou (CAN) for $1,749 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), Citi Prestige Card (5x on airfare on plus excellent trip delay insurance), Chase Sapphire ReserveAmerican Express® Gold Card Citi 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.

H/T: Traveling For Miles

Featured image courtesy of Eric Rosen / The Points Guy.

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