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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 11 p.m. 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.

You can now score flights from the US to China for just $359 round-trip. Select flights are available from Chinese airlines Xiamen and Hainan this fall for hundreds less than usual. All fares include one free carry-on bag and some include free seat assignments.

Major Chinese cities are included in the deal, with low fares available to Beijing (PEK) and Shanghai (PVG). Smaller cities like Xi’an (XIY) and Chengdu (CTY) are also available for significantly less than usual. All fares are booked into economy so make sure to check out TPG‘s guide to surviving long flights.

There are plenty of points hotels throughout China with hundreds more on the way. If you’re unsure of where to stay in Shanghai check out our reviews for the Edition Hotel Shanghai and the Waldorf Astoria Shanghai. If Beijing is your destination of choice, consider the Park Hyatt Beijing.

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, Xiamen
Routes: JFK/LAX/SAN to CTU/PEK/PVG/XIY
Cost: $359+ round-trip in economy
Dates: select dates in September through 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 Card, Chase Sapphire Reserve, American Express® Gold Card (3x on airfare booked directly with the airline or Amextravel.com) or Chase Sapphire Preferred Card (2x on travel)

Here are a few examples of what you can book:

Los Angeles (LAX) to Chengdu (CTU) for $359 round-trip on Xiamen via Expedia:

Los Angeles (LAX) to Beijing (PEK) for $376 round-trip on Hainan:

Los Angeles (LAX) to Shanghai (PVG) for $376 round-trip on Hainan:

San Diego (SAN) to Shanghai (PVG) for $395 round-trip on Hainan:

Los Angeles (LAX) to Xi’an (XIY) for $409 round-trip on Xiamen via Orbitz:

New York (JFK) to Shanghai (PVG) for $443 round-trip on Hainan:

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 Reserve, Citi Premier Card (3x on airfare), American Express® Gold Card (3x on airfare booked directly with the airline or Amextravel.com) 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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