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Via The Flight Deal, Hainan Airlines has an excellent sale to Beijing and Shanghai, China!
You can fly round-trip in coach starting from ~$379 to ~$579 from 4 US cities! The price depends on which city you depart from.
This is a fantastic opportunity for folks who live in the included cities. Or if you can get to a sale city cheaply using airline miles!
How To Book It
Link: ITA Matrix
Link: Google Flights
These sale fares are valid until early December 2015. There’s a 3-day advance purchase requirement.
You can fly to Beijing from:
- Boston for $579
- Chicago for $459
- San Jose for $429
And you can fly to Shanghai from:
- Boston for $459
- Seattle for $379
Keep in mind you have to get an $80 promotion code from Hainan Airlines at this link to get the lower price.
Enter the promotion code on the final payment screen to get $80 taken off your ticket! If you want to save it for later, it’s valid for travel until June 30, 2016.
This is a terrific deal! And a great chance for folks to explore 2 vibrant cities for very little money. Usually, flights from the US to China start at ~$800 or more, depending on the time of year.
Update: Thanks to Million Mile Secrets reader josh for reminding folks to sign-up for the Hainan Airlines frequent flyer program. You can use their miles to book award tickets on Air Berlin!
Book Quickly, but…
If you’re looking for a cheap ticket to Beijing or Shanghai, you should book this quickly. Low fares don’t last long. Read my post about booking mistake and low fares.
That said, this is NOT a mistake fare. It’s a very good seat sale! So once you’ve booked you should be able to confidently make other arrangements, like hotels and tours.
What If You’re Not in an Included City?
You can get to Boston, Chicago, San Jose, or Seattle cheaply by using points (like British Airways Avios points) to get there.
British Airways Avios points are great for short-haul flights. Because it only costs 4,500 British Airways Avios points 1-way in coach for flights less than 649 miles (until February 3, 2016), and 7,500 British Airways Avios points for flights up to 1,149 miles.
Or if you have the Southwest Companion Pass, you could fly to these cities very cheaply. That’s because with the Companion Pass, your companion flies with you for almost free on both paid and award tickets.
Or you could try to find a cheap paid ticket from your home airport to 1 of the sale cities. But do the math to see what makes sense to you!
Which Card to Use?
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Get Free Hotel Nights With These Cards
If you book a cheap flight, remember there are lots of ways to get cheap or free hotel rooms with points from credit card bonuses and spending!
Here’s my post on top Starwood hotels in Asia and Australia to book with Starwood points, including 1 in Beijing!
Remember, you can transfer flexible points like Chase Ultimate Rewards or American Express Membership Rewards to different hotel programs.
Note: Folks who want to book paid stays could check out discount sites like Orbitz, Expedia, or TravelPony for deals. But remember you won’t get stay credits or points (and might not have your elite status recognized).
Airbnb is a great way to save money on accommodations, especially for longer stays.
Under $400 for round-trip flights to China is a fantastic deal! But you have to visit by early December, and use an $80 coupon code to get the sale price!
Be sure to purchase your tickets 3 days in advance!
Let me know if you plan an quick trip to either city!