Update: Fare expired.
Airfares are getting cheaper and cheaper nowadays, especially in the transpacific market, thanks to competition. I just came across a very cheap fare on Air Canada from Washington D.C. to Shanghai, for as low as $385 round-trip in economy class.
Fare: Starting at $300s
Airlines: Air Canada
Dates: Limited, the second half of February until the first half of March 2020
Before you book one of these fares, I’d like to remind you that these are economy class fare. The journey is roughly 14 hours each direction, not including the layover and connection on the short-haul segment. 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 as Washington Dulles (IAD), and destination as Shanghai (PVG).
How to Book
You can book it directly on Air Canada 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.
No doubt, this is a very low fare, especially when it originates from the United States. But keep in mind, both inbound and outbound flights include a long layover in Toronto or Montreal. Though personally, it’s not a bad thing since it could potentially be an opportunity to check out the cities — Both Toronto and Montreal are neat cities.
Where to Credit
The flights are booked into the K fare bucket. Depending on your loyalty program, you may want to check for the best-earning rate. You can find the full chart on Where to Credit.
Thoughts and Suggestions
Paying $300s to cross the Pacific is tough to beat. In most cases, it’s cheaper than flying domestically. If you are thinking of visiting China and don’t mind flying the economy, I believe this is a great opportunity. These are not basic economy fares, meaning you get baggage allowance.
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.