Deal Alert: US Cities to China From $382 Round-Trip
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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.
'Tis the season for holiday flight deals to China! Fly from Dallas (DFW), Houston (IAH) Baltimore (BWI), Philadelphia (PHL), Orlando (MCO), Los Angeles (LAX), San Francisco (SFO), Seattle (SEA), Boston (BOS) and Chicago (ORD) to Beijing (PEK) and Shanghai (PVG) from just $382 round-trip. All flights are on full-service carriers, although some include layovers. These could make for great mileage runs — starting your 2019 off with a bang of elite qualifying miles so you don't have to make a last minute run like many people are doing now.
There are plenty of reasons to visit Beijing in the winter. Cheap airfare, food and one of a kind tourist attractions are just the tip of the iceberg. Or think about heading west and taking in the Rainbow Mountains at the Zhangye National Geopark:
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.
Airlines: United, Delta, China Eastern, Hainan, Alaskan, Air Canada
Routes: DFW/BWI/PHL/MCO/LAX/SFO/SEA/BOS/ORD/IAH to PEK/PVG
Cost: $382+ round-trip in basic economy
Travel Dates: February 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 Card (3x 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:
Dallas (DFW) to Beijing (PEK) for $382 round-trip on United:
Baltimore (BWI) to Beijing (PEK) for $402 round-trip on United:
Philadelphia (PHL) to Beijing (PEK) for $402 round-trip on Delta:
Orlando (MCO) to Shanghai (PVG) for $402 round-trip on United:
Los Angeles (LAX) to Beijing (PEK) for $427 round-trip on China Eastern via Expedia:
San Francisco (SFO) to Shanghai (PVG) for $442 nonstop round-trip on Alaskan/Hainan:
San Francisco (SFO) to Beijing (PEK) for $454 nonstop round-trip on United:
Seattle (SEA) to Beijing (PEK) for $487 round-trip on Alaska/Air Canada via Orbitz:
Boston (BOS) to Shanghai (PVG) for $523 round-trip on United:
Chicago (ORD) to Beijing (PEK) for $525 round-trip on United:
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® Card, Citi Prestige 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: The Flight Deal