We’ve seen Chinese airlines add a ton of capacity to the US the past few years. From LAX alone there are now nonstop flights to over a dozen cities in mainland China, which is sort of nuts. The amount of expansion by Chinese airlines is largely what has led to lower airfare on transpacific flights, both in economy and business class.
As of December 2018, China Southern will be launching 3x weekly nonstop flights between Los Angeles and Shenyang.
China Southern generally has great business class fares, though they have some especially good fares for travel next March on flights between LAX and mainland China, as long as you take this flight. How good are fares?
You can fly roundtrip business class from Los Angeles to many points in mainland China for just $1,300 roundtrip. The catch is that you need to travel in March 2019, though there are slightly higher fares in other months.
For example, this fare is valid from Los Angeles to both Beijing and Shanghai.
China Southern’s A330 operating the route between Los Angeles and Shenyang features fully flat staggered seats in business class, so it’s a solid hard product.
I flew China Southern’s A380 business class between Los Angeles and Guangzhou earlier in the year, which should give you a sense of what to expect in terms of the experience. It’s not a great soft product, but is perfectly okay, especially at this price point.
The longhaul segments book into the “I” fare class, so here’s a listing of how many miles you’d earn for these tickets across various programs. For example, if crediting this to Delta SkyMiles you’d earn 100% elite qualifying miles, 100% redeemable miles, and elite qualifying dollars for 20% of the distance flown.
Does anyone plan on taking advantage of these excellent China Southern fares?
(Tip of the hat to Andrew)