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Flights to Beijing in Premium Economy Just Dropped to $839 Round-Trip

June 21 2019
4 min read
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While it's typically pretty affordable to fly to Beijing in economy, we don't often see premium economy tickets under $1,200 round-trip. Air China is running a sale from West Coast cities Los Angeles (LAX) and San Fransisco (SFO) to its capital, Beijing, starting at $839 round-trip. New York (JFK) and Newark (EWR) are available for a few hundred dollars more. All tickets are non-stop.

Air China is the sprawling country's flag carrier and a member of the Star Alliance. TPG's Zach Honig, who flew the carrier's business class last year, noted the great service he received from the flight crew on the Beijing – New York leg.

Note that if you try to book using Expedia, you'll be quoted over $3,000 for a flight from New York to Beijing, so you're better off heading to Google Flights and entering your origin and destination cities. Scroll through the calendar function to find dates and prices that work for you.

Airline: Air China
Routes: SFO/LAX/JFK/EWR to PEK
Cost: $839+ round-trip in premium economy
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 trip delay insurance), Citi Premier® Card, Chase Sapphire Reserve, American 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:

San Fransisco (SFO) to Beijing (PEK) for $839 round-trip nonstop on Air China:

Los Angeles (LAX) to Beijing (PEK) for $925 round-trip nonstop on Air China:

Newark (EWR) to Beijing (PEK) for $1,115 round-trip nonstop on Air China:

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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 trip delay insurance), Chase Sapphire Reserve, American 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.

Featured photo by An open square in Beijing, China. (Photo by Ling Tang/Unsplash)
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