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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.
China Eastern and China Southern are offering deals from major US cities to China and the Philippines from prices as low as $365 round-trip. You can fly from Los Angeles (LAX), New York (JFK) and San Francisco (SFO) to Qingdao (TAO), Hangzhou (SHE), Nanjing (NKG), Fuzhou (FOC), Changsha (CSX), Xiamen (XMN), Manila (MNL) and more throughout China and Southeast Asia. Fares are on full-service carriers (so no need to worry about checked baggage fees or seat selection) and include brief layovers. The cheap fares are only available between February 2019 and March 2019.
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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: China Southern, China Eastern
Routes: LAX/JFK/SFO to TAO/SHE/NKG/FOC/CSX/XMN/MNL
Cost: $365+ round-trip
Travel Dates: February 2019 – 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, Citi Prestige (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:
Los Angeles (LAX) to Qingdao (TAO) for $365 round-trip on China Southern via Priceline:
Los Angeles (LAX) to Hangzhou (SHE) for $373 round-trip on China Southern via Priceline:
New York (JFK) to Fuzhou (FOC) for $410 round-trip on China Eastern via Expedia:
Los Angeles (LAX) to Nanjing (NKG) for $413 round-trip on China Southern via Priceline:
New York (JFK) to Changsha (CSX) for $435 round-trip on China Southern via Priceline:
San Francisco (SFO) to Xiamen (XMN) for $455 round-trip on China Southern via Priceline:
San Francisco (SFO) to Manila (MNL) for $466 round-trip on China Southern via Priceline:
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 (3x 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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