Airfares are getting cheaper nowadays. Thanks to the low fuel price and competition. I remember in 2010, I paid $1600 round trip from the U.S. to Singapore on United economy. Right now, you can fly from the mainland U.S. to China for as low as $305 round-trip (non-stop) on American Airlines’ economy.
Fare: Starting at $300s
Airlines: Mainly AA and United. Also available on other carriers.
Dates: Plenty availability until end of November.
It looks like there is plenty of availability until the end of November. So you can possibly take advantage of these low fares over the Thanksgiving Holiday.
Before you book one of these fares, I want to warn you. These are economy fare. The journey is 12+ hours each way. You so may not be comfortable. On the positive note, these are not basic economy fares, meaning you get a standard baggage allowance.
How to Find
You can search on Google Flights. Just enter the Origin LAX, SFO, ORD, and destination Beijing (PEK), Shanghai (PVG), Chengdu (CTU). You should be able to see good options.
Availability out of Los Angeles (LAX) to Beijing (PEK):
LAX – PEK nonstop on AA:
LAX – PEK via SFO on UA:
Availability out of Chicago (ORD) to Chengdu (CTU):
ORD – CTU via SFO on UA:
How to Book
You can book it directly on the AA or United website. Just find the itinerary on Google Flights that works for you, and click the link. It should redirect you to the airlines website. Make sure to double-check the dates before booking.
As a reminder, before booking, please always double-check your itinerary. These include the date, time, fare rules, baggage allowance, and other important details.
Where to Credit
These are indeed low fares. I wouldn’t count on earning a lot of miles on these fares since U.S. Airlines are now revenue-based. Meaning you earn miles based on how much money you spend. In some cases, it’s better to credit it to partner programs. You can find the full chart on Where to Credit.
Thoughts and Suggestions
These fares are indeed cheap. In some cases, it’s even cheaper than flying domestically. If you are thinking to visit China and don’t mind flying the economy, I think this is a great opportunity. These are not basic economy fares, meaning you get baggage allowance. You can even possibly upgrade using miles.
For those who live on the east coast may need to buy positioning flights. Positioning flights are separate segments or itinerary to connect to the main itinerary. I will write a separate post about positioning flights. But if you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to me. I will be more than happy to answer your questions. While this is not for everyone, I think it’s worth mentioning.
The deal was available at the time of writing and may expire at any time.