Hot! 4 Cities to China as Low as $379 Round-Trip

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Hot! 4 Cities to China as Low as $379 Round-Trip

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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.

Hot 4 Cities To China As Low As 379 Round-Trip
Folks in Seattle Can Visit Shanghai for Only ~$379 Round-Trip, Non-Stop in Coach!

You can search for this fare using ITA Matrix or Google Flights, then book it on the Hainan Airlines website.

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

Link:   Get a Hainan Airlines $80 Promotion Code

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
Hot 4 Cities To China As Low As 379 Round-Trip
~$379 Round-Trip Between Seattle and Shanghai Is an Amazing Deal!

I was able to find the sale fares by searching on ITA Matrix and Google Flights.

Hot 4 Cities To China As Low As 379 Round-Trip
Be Sure to Get a Promotion Code to Lower Your Fare by $80!

Keep in mind you have to get an $80 promotion code from Hainan Airlines at this link to get the lower price.

Hot 4 Cities To China As Low As 379 Round-Trip
Simply Click the Button, Then Copy Your Code

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!

Or consider crediting your flight to partner Alaska Airlines.  The fare class only earns 50% miles, but if you collect Alaska Airlines miles this could be a better deal!

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?

Remember to use a card that will earn you bonus points:

Card NameWhat It Earns
American Express® Gold Card
- Earn 3X American Express Membership Rewards points for airfare purchased directly from airlines

- $100 Airline fee credit. Up to $100 a year for incidental fees with your selected airline

- Terms apply
SimplyCash® Plus Business Credit Card from American Express
- 3% cash back on airfare purchased directly from airlines on the first $50,000 when you choose this as your 3% cash back category

- Here's my review of the card

- Terms apply
The Platinum Card® from American Express
- Earn 5X American Express Membership Rewards points for flights booked directly with airlines or with American Express Travel

- $200 Airline Fee Credit. Up to $200 a year in baggage fees and more at 1 airline

- Here's my review of the card

- Terms apply
Barclaycard Arrival Plus World Elite Mastercard- Earn 2 miles per $1 on all purchases

- Use miles for travel statement credits (minimum 10,000 miles for $100)

- Here's my review of the card
Chase Sapphire Reserve
- Earn 3 miles per $1 on travel and dining

- $300 statement credit for travel purchases per calendar year (including hotels, airfare, etc.)

- Here's my review of the card
Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card
- Earn 2X Chase Ultimate Rewards points on travel, including airfare

- Here's my review of the card
Citi Prestige® Card
- Earn 3X ThankYou points for airfare & hotels

- $250 statement credit for airfare & baggage fees each calendar year

Ink Business Preferred℠ Credit Card
InkBusinessPreferred
- Earn 3X Chase Ultimate Rewards points on the first $150,000 spent on travel, including airfare each year

- Here's my review of the card
Or pay with an airline credit card for specific perks!

Get Free Hotel Nights With These Cards

Link:   Hot Deals – Hotel Credit 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!

To find hotels that can be booked with points, I like using Hotel Hustle (which even shows you if rooms are actually available!) or AwardMapper.

Remember, you can transfer flexible points like Chase Ultimate Rewards or American Express Membership Rewards to different hotel programs.

Hot 4 Cities To China As Low As 379 Round-Trip
You Can Transfer Points From Bank and Airline Programs to Hotels Like Hilton

Check out my posts on all the ways to earn Hilton and Hyatt points!

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.

Read my tips on how to negotiate a better price on Airbnb!  And how to find a safe and comfortable place to stay through Airbnb.

Bottom Line

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!

Fly Hainan Airlines from 4 US Cities to Beijing or Shanghai, China, for ~$379 to ~$579 round-trip in coach.

Be sure to purchase your tickets 3 days in advance!

Let me know if you plan an quick trip to either city!

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@josh – Thanks for the reminder! I’ve put a note in the post.

I flew with Hainan in Aug and their 787 is pretty nice. One more thing is you can book connecting RT flights to other cities in China like Guangzhou even Hong Kong from 10 to 60 bucks more (depend on dates) within the same itinerary.

Be aware you should sign up their FFP before your flight departure date in order to redeem miles. They are currently not with any alliances but you could book award ticket on airberlin flights. I forgot to do so and wasted 15,000 miles 🙁