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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 great opportunity to get to Asia in style with cheap business-class fares from the US to China. You can fly from Los Angeles (LAX) to either Shenzhen (SZX) or Beijing (PEK) in business class from $1,305 round-trip. Note that Shenzhen sits right next to Hong Kong, so if you’ve had an inkling to visit the metropolis, it’s just a short drive or train ride from Shenzhen’s airport.
Flights are available on Air China, China Southern and Xiamen — all of which offer lie-flat seats on their aircraft. TPG’s Zach Honig recently reviewed Air China’s business class on its 787 Dreamliner.
Xiamen received solid marks in Nick Ellis’ review of the carrier’s 787.
This could also be a good opportunity for a mileage run, as China Southern and Xiamen are apart of the SkyTeam alliance, and their flights could give a large boost to Delta flyer’s MQM and MQD balance. Air China flights will award PQM’s to United flyers.
Airlines: Air China, China Southern, Xiamen
Routes: LAX to SZX/PEK
Cost: $1,305+ round-trip
Travel Dates: January 2019 – May 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, Citi Prestige (5x on airfare plus excellent trip delay insurance) 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 $1,305 round-trip on China Southern via Expedia:
Los Angeles (LAX) to Shenzhen (SZX) for $1,461 round-trip on Air China:
Los Angeles (LAX) to Beijing (PEK) for $1,744 round-trip on China Southern via Expedia:
Los Angeles (LAX) to Beijing (PEK) for $1,754 round-trip on Xiamen via Orbitz:
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, American Express® Gold Card, Citi Premier, Citi Prestige (5x on airfare) 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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