Deal Alert: China Southern Business Class for $1,305 Round-Trip
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China Southern Airlines offers a competitive business-class product on its flights between the US and China. Though certainly not the most luxurious and premium experience, $1,305 is a fantastic deal considering the product is above average in most areas.
We were able to find fares for $1,305 between Los Angeles (LAX) and Beijing (PEK) while flights between LAX and Shanghai (PVG) were going for just $2 more, $1,307. These flights all feature layovers in Shenyang. As previously mentioned, all itineraries are round-trip. Additionally, nonstop flights between Los Angeles and Shenyang (SHE) are also available for just $1,485 round-trip. It appears that all flights at the $1,305/$1,307 and $1,485 fares are operated by an Airbus A330.
Airlines: China Southern Airlines
Routes: LAX to PEK/PVG/SHE
Cost: $1,305+ round-trip in business class
Travel Dates: Throughout March 2019
Pay With: The Platinum Card® from American Express (5x on airfare booked directly with the airline), Citi Premier® Card, Chase Sapphire Reserve, American Express® Gold Card, or Chase Sapphire Preferred Card (2x on travel)
Booking Link: Google Flights, Expedia, Orbitz,
Here are a few examples of what you can book:
Los Angeles to Beijing round-trip in China Southern business class for $1,304:
Los Angeles to Shanghai round-trip in China Southern business class for $1,307:
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