Beijing Meet-Up Thread — Post Your Flights Here

Beijing Meet-Up Thread — Post Your Flights Here

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It’s now official that a lot of us are headed to Beijing thanks to American’s ~$450 business class mistake fare.

Great-Wall

As I wrote about earlier today, one of my favorite things about these big mistake fares is the camaraderie of it all. Thanks to these fares, hundreds of us end up in the same city around the same time, and in many cases even end up on the same plane.

I’ve been on flights that have by chance had a dozen blog readers on them, and that’s always a hoot.

Given that hundreds of us are headed to Beijing between now and the end of May, I figured I’d create a meet-up thread.

If you’d like to participate, please post in the comments section below:

  • The dates you’re flying both your outbound and return segments
  • Whether you’re flying the flight to/from Chicago to Beijing

In other words, you could leave a comment like:

I’m flying from Chicago to Beijing on April 1 and from Beijing to Dallas on April 5

As you guys comment I’ll be updating the chart (at the end of this post) with your usernames below, so that we can see how many people are booked on each flight. If you’ve left your details on another post, please add them here as well so we can keep things organized.

If y’all are interested, I can also set up a Google Group so we can coordinate possibly meeting up on the ground. Or if anyone has better suggestions, please let me know.

If nothing else, seeing how many people are on your flight is a good way to gauge your upgrade chances to first class on the longhaul flight. 😉

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Hope to see some of you onboard and in Beijing!

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  1. tour du lich trong nuoc Guest

    Here now after a mostly lovely flight. The AA crew was stellar. Food (steak with mac and cheese) was unmemorable. Wine flight was stupendous but they need to upgrade the champagne. Seat 3A was broken. No lie flat. Any thoughts about writing to AA to ask for refund of swu because of that malfunction?

  2. Kohei Guest

    Can you please change my AA 186 flight from May 23 to May 24?
    Thanks.

  3. Bill T Guest

    5/20 DCA - Ord - Pek
    5/28 PEK - ORD - DCA

    trip actualy starts cvg-dca early am 5/20.

    looking for hotel forbidden city area, and looking to get tour ideas. first visit to china

  4. Jolly Guest

    May 14, DCA-DFW DFW-PEK
    May 26 PEK-ORD

    It's my birthday the 23rd! :D

  5. Travis Swanson Member

    Sorry Ben, I screwed up. I'm actually flying on IAD-DFW on May 13th and DFW-PEK on May 14th. We are still retuning PEK-DFW on the 20th. Will you please update? Still group of 8 total. Thanks!

  6. DavidL New Member

    5-21 ORD-PEK
    6-1 PEK-ORD

  7. Sandra Guest

    May 8: ORD -> PEK
    May 15: PEK -> ORD

  8. Nick Guest

    5/6 ord-pek (with two others)
    5/12 pek-ord (with two others)

    5/20 ord-pek (solo)
    5/23 pek-ord (solo)

  9. Heather @ pass the dressing Guest

    Sorry meant to post this follow-up on this thread not the other:

    First let me start to say that service was excellent there and return with a crew led by Slack (different name but she surely didn’t slack off). They were phenomenal.

    As I mentioned earlier, my F seat was broken and I was going to request one SWU back. Well I did and American said no. They did offer 5k points. What do folks and Ben think? Settle or reply back that the amount is disappointing.

  10. Matt Guest

    Not flying from the US. But will be in Beijing May 13-16, would love to meet up!

  11. Jake New Member

    @Jeff same dayes as me! Would be great to meet up for drinks. Anyone else fancy ground meet up during Easter weekend? My email is jake dot xu at gmail dot com

  12. Jeff Guest

    ORD-PEK 4/2
    PEK-ORD 4/6

    Hope to see some people there!

  13. karung99 Guest

    ORD-PEK April 3
    PEK-ORD April 7

    ORD-PEK May 21
    PEK-ORD May 29

  14. Susan Guest

    Please add Maureen to the following dates:
    AA 187 ORD-PEK 4/26
    AA 186 PEK-ORD 5/1

    Also Daniel to:
    AA 187 ORD-PEK 4/26
    AA 186 PEK-ORD 4/29

  15. Heather @ pass the dressing Guest

    Here now after a mostly lovely flight. The AA crew was stellar. Food (steak with mac and cheese) was unmemorable. Wine flight was stupendous but they need to upgrade the champagne. Seat 3A was broken. No lie flat. Any thoughts about writing to AA to ask for refund of swu because of that malfunction?

    1. lucky OMAAT

      @ Heather -- If you couldn't recline then that seems totally reasonable. Happy the crew was good, at least!

  16. Shoshana Guest

    April 27 DCA-ORD-PEK
    May 5 PEK-ORD-DCA
    (likely will head out of beijing, have been there and don't feel the need to spend much more.)

  17. Ryan Guest

    Unfortunately I was late to the game but if anyone is looking for a Chinese tour guide, please let me know. I have a very good friend in Beijing who is has been working at CITS (China International Travel Service) for several years and also offers private tours. Goes without saying that he speaks excellent English!

  18. Emily G Guest

    Thanks for this calendar! Could you please add me and my friend to the calendar? Emily G and Louie F May 19-24 through Chicago. Thank you!

  19. Jason D New Member

    Southwest DAL to DCA 5/24 (positional)
    Only Plat. No SWU for me.
    AA1035 DCA to DFW 5/25 (1st)
    AA89 DFW to PEK 5/25 (Business)
    AA88 PEK to DFW 5/29 (Business)
    AA2439 DFW to DCA 5/29 (1st)
    Southwest DCA to DAL 5/30

  20. Jake New Member

    Is there a ground meet up? I am in Beijing 3rd, 4th and 5th Apr. I was born and raised there and moved to England 16 yrs ago. Would love to meet ppl from this blog. @lucky are you there that weekend? I am staying at Sofitel Wanda Plaza. Trust me, this hotel is where you need to be, if you have not yet booked your accommodation.

  21. BigLivingSmallPrice Guest

    May 19: DCA-ORD-PEK Two of Us
    May 24: PEK-ORD-DCA Two of Us

  22. Paul M. Guest

    May 7: DCA-DFW-PEK
    May 11: PEK-ORD-DCA

  23. Heather Guest

    I will be flying with Monica B and Ang (3/27-3/30 ORD). Say hi ladies! :)

  24. Scott Guest

    Ugh, long day today... I meant:

    April 13th 187 DCA-ORD-PEK
    April 16th 186 PEK-ORD-PEK

    Thanks, Lucky.

  25. Scott Guest

    May 13th 187 DCA-ORD-PEK
    May 16th 186 PEK-ORD-PEK

    Thanks, Lucky.

  26. Jason Guest

    Looks I will be the first to fly on this fare (according to schedule at this time!)

    25MAR DCA-ORD-PEK
    01APR PEK-ORD-DCA

    Don't have Chinese visa so forced to fly somewhere else after my 72 hour transit is up or begins.
    Might find me most likely in Bangkok or Hong Kong for few days in between my PEK flights.

  27. Global Highlander Guest

    +1
    May 1 - AA 187 Chicago to Beijing
    May 10 - AA 186 Beijing to Chicago

  28. jetsarefast2 Guest

    April 3: ORD-PEK
    April 5: PEK-HKG (1st time visit)
    April 6: HKG-PEK
    April 7: PEK-ORD

    May 23: ORD-PEK
    May 26: PEK-ORD

  29. Washeelers747 Member

    One of 3 friends with Golfingboy ;) May 8-11 DCA-DFW-PEK

  30. Alex Guest

    May 25-29 via ORD both ways

  31. Sherry Guest

    May 12, DFW-PEK
    May 26, PEK-ORD

  32. chicago2world Guest

    May 10 DFW-PEK
    May 13 PEK-DFW

  33. Chas Guest

    ORD-PEK 5/21
    PEK-ORD 5/26
    Staying at PH...

  34. Erica & Hans Guest

    April 14th DCA-ORD-PEK
    April 20th PEK-ORD-DCA

  35. Erica & Hans Guest

    April 14th DCA-ORD-PEK
    April 20th PEK-ORD-PEK

  36. Beni Guest

    Yup, pretty sure.

    APRIL 31ST 2015
    AA 088 DFW - PEK BOEING 777-300ER
    BUSINESS CLASS
    SEAT: 4J

  37. Cheryl New Member

    +1
    4/22 dca-ord-pek
    4/28 pek-ord-dca

  38. arthur Member

    Lucky. What would happen if I purposely missed my DCA-ORD leg and instead flew from LAX -ORD to catch the PEK flight?

    1. Michael C Member

      @arthur - They'd cancel the rest of your itinerary.

    2. lucky OMAAT

      @ arthur -- As noted above, they'd cancel the rest of your itinerary.

    3. arthur Member

      Probably skip out on the return to DCA and just fly back to LAX from ORD.....its the end of trip. :)

  39. Monica B Guest

    March 27 - April 5, DCA-ORD-PEK-ORD-DCA

  40. Michael Guest

    MAY 7: DCA-ORD-PEK in F
    MAY 11: PEK-ORD-DCA in F

    (positioning out of LAX)

  41. Oliver Guest

    Thanks for posting the deal, Lucky!

    May.17 DCA-ORD-PEK
    May.21 PEK-DFW-DCA

  42. arth Member

    @luke. What seats? I'm bulkhead biz

  43. Chuck Guest

    Seems like my name was deleted from the calender.

    ORD-PEK 4/22
    PEK-ORD 4/27

  44. Chuck Guest

    ORD-PEK 4/22
    PEK-ORD 4/27

  45. Milly R Guest

    I shall be going DFW to PEK 5/20
    retiring on 5/27 PEK to ORD. Excited to meet/hang with anyone!

  46. Pedro Guest

    4/3 DCA-ORD-PEK
    4/10 PEK-ORD-DCA

  47. Susan Guest

    JFK-ORD-PEK April 26-May 1
    JFK-ORD-PEK May 18-22

    Staying Grand Hyatt and Park Plaza - splitting each stay

  48. YWang Guest

    @Lucky, I missed the mistake fare, but I will be in Beijing between 4/11-4/23. (4/6-4/11 in Seoul, 4/23-4/30 in Tokyo, if anyone is interested). It will be great to meet fellow travelers. Fluent Mandarin and English speaker here. :)

  49. Tracy T. Guest

    May 21st: AA 187
    May 25th: AA 186

  50. Natalie Guest

    Thanks for posting about this deal Ben!
    +1
    5/18 DCA-ORD-PEK
    5/30 PEK-DFW-DCA

  51. Marky New Member

    FYI, for a tour guide, on our last visit to Beijing, we used Catherine Lu, and she arranged tours for both Shanghai and Beijing for us. She was incredible!!! Her website is: http://www.catherinelutours.com/#_=_ and her TripAdvisor site is: http://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g294212-d1799850-Reviews-Catherine_Lu_Day_Tour-Beijing.html

  52. Tim Guest

    ^^ I agree with Dave. It'd be awesome to get in touch with those who have overlapping visits to Beijing.

  53. Dave Guest

    So this is great, and I really appreciate you taking the time to put this together, but what use is it if we don't have a means to contact those on our flights / those in China at the same time as us? It would be great if we could somehow use this information to meet up for a meal or drink, or to share some bubbles on the flight over/back. Any ideas? Cheers!

    1. lucky OMAAT

      @ Dave @ Tim -- Working on putting that together as well, give me a day or two :)

  54. Peter +1 Guest

    Is there a google group? Any recomondations on a private tour company that handles Beijing, Xian, Shanghai tours? We only have 6 nights and flying in and out of Beijing.

  55. Tim Guest

    Hey Lucky could you move my name on May 22nd from the DFW-PEK to the PEK-ORD column? The 22nd is my return flight. Thank you sir

  56. Ang Guest

    March 26, flt 186 ORD-PEK
    March 30, flt 187 PEK-ORD

    April 11, flt 186, ORD-PEK
    Apr 15, flt 187, PEK-ORD

  57. Mark Guest

    Just noticed my itinerary I posted earlier wasn't entirely accurate. ORD both ways for me. Will miss the extra miles from DFW!

    16 May: DCA - ORD - PEK
    21 May: ORD - PEK - DCA

    BTW interesting discussion on the ethics of all this. I definitely fall in the camp of, happy to book, but wouldn't complain to DoT if they had canceled my itinerary.

  58. Aaron G Guest

    I’m flying from Chicago to Beijing on May 13th and from Beijing to Dallas on May 17th. Staying SPG, haven't decided where.

  59. cocobird Member

    I have the following to add to the schedule
    Mar 31 ORD-PEK
    Apr 3 PEK-ORD

    Apr 4 ORD-PEK
    Apr 7 PEK-ORD

    May 3 ORD-PEK
    May 6 PEK-ORD

    May 19 ORD-PEK
    May 22 PEK-ORD

    I have the following schedule showing the lodgings that I will be using and also the private tours I have arranged. The lodgings are reasonably priced (ranging from $65 to $135) and highly recommended on Trip Advisor...

    I have the following to add to the schedule
    Mar 31 ORD-PEK
    Apr 3 PEK-ORD

    Apr 4 ORD-PEK
    Apr 7 PEK-ORD

    May 3 ORD-PEK
    May 6 PEK-ORD

    May 19 ORD-PEK
    May 22 PEK-ORD

    I have the following schedule showing the lodgings that I will be using and also the private tours I have arranged. The lodgings are reasonably priced (ranging from $65 to $135) and highly recommended on Trip Advisor (90 percent or above would stay there again) and Expedia with staff that speak English fairly welI. I wanted a bit of local flavor, so a couple of them are in hutongs.

    I would be happy to split the costs of the private tours (tour guide and private car) for anyone that is interested in going with me. The guides have excellent English.

    Lodging - Michael’s House.
    April 2, visit the Ti’an Men Square, Forbidden City and old Beijing hutongs
    Lodging - Park Plaza
    April 6, Temple of Heaven and Lama Temple
    May 5, Mutianyu Great Wall. There are several sections are opened to public. I suggest Mutianyu section, which is further and less crowded.
    Lodging - Hotel Courtyard 7
    May 21, Summer Palace and Panda Garden.
    As a tour guide, our daily rate is CNY500(USD82).
    A private car with a driver costs CNY600(USD100) for the city tour each day and CNY750(USD125) for the Great Wall tour, including gas, toll and parking.
    The airport transfer, we usally charge CNY300 (USD50)for one way. But because you have so many airport transfers. I will give you a discount, CNY240 for one way (USD40).
    You will pay your own entrance tickets and meals. We will recommend some good local restaurants where you can order what you like.

  60. Thomas Armbrustmacher Guest

    May 17: DFW-PEK
    May 23: PEK-ORD

  61. Michael C Member

    I'm based in Beijing and would love to join a meetup!

  62. Richard Guest

    5/17 ORD to PEK
    5/21 PEK to DFW

    Guys which hotels are you staying at? Let's hang out

  63. Brimpigan Guest

    Ben - I very much appreciate you posting my comment and fully understand others view this differently than myself. I'm certainly not an apologist for the airlines (or any companies) but I do work for a large company where just recently I was forced to lay people off over literally a few hundreds of thousands of dollars of revenue lost. I can't imagine how much this is going to cost American and people at the...

    Ben - I very much appreciate you posting my comment and fully understand others view this differently than myself. I'm certainly not an apologist for the airlines (or any companies) but I do work for a large company where just recently I was forced to lay people off over literally a few hundreds of thousands of dollars of revenue lost. I can't imagine how much this is going to cost American and people at the company - real people with kids, parents to care for, etc. - will have to pay for every mistake fare that they honor. I just wouldn't feel okay with benefiting from something I knew would contribute to their difficulties. Yes, I know I sound judgmental, and yes, I know I sound holier than thou. I got it, but that's truly not my intention. I just really enjoy your blog and the balanced perspective you bring and felt compelled to at least throw my two cents into the conversation. I'm sure I'll get an earful for it from your other readers but thanks for the fair hearing.

  64. Brimpigan Guest

    Am I really the only one that has a problem with this? Taking advantage of what you know to be an honest mistake and benefiting from it financially just seems unethical to me. I know many of you may see this a "faceless corporation" which deserves whatever it gets from its error, but I assure your there are real world consequences to this. Tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars in lost revenue equates to...

    Am I really the only one that has a problem with this? Taking advantage of what you know to be an honest mistake and benefiting from it financially just seems unethical to me. I know many of you may see this a "faceless corporation" which deserves whatever it gets from its error, but I assure your there are real world consequences to this. Tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars in lost revenue equates to jobs lost for real people. This was certainly American Airlines' fault, but you have a choice as to whether or not you wish to profit from it and enrich yourself at the expense of others. Maybe it's because I'm a father, but I'm trying to walk through how I would explain this to my sons: a company made a mistake, I knew it was a mistake, and I elected to benefit from it regardless of the consequences for the employees of the company who made this error. That's not a conversation I'd be comfortable having with them. You may feel differently. Have a nice flight.

    1. lucky OMAAT

      @ Brimpigan -- You're certainly not alone:
      https://onemileatatime.com/three-approaches-to-mistake-fares-and-why-theyre-all-valid/

  65. Enoch Guest

    5/22: AA 187
    5/25: AA 186

  66. a330300 Guest

    Looks like I'm flying with Golfingboy and friends!

    May 8 - 11 DFW-PEK-DFW

  67. hoosiereph Guest

    4 of us, DCA-DFW-PEK on 5/13, PEK-DFW-DCA on 5/24 (onward transit, so we will not be in PEK in the interim)

  68. Raspy + 1 Guest

    5/24 ORD to PEK
    5/30 PEK to DFW

  69. JP2 Guest

    DCA-DFW-PEK - 24 May
    PEK-DFW-DCA - 27 May

  70. No Name Guest

    @Beni

    What calendar are you using?

  71. Christine Guest

    Flying from DFW to PEK on 5/11 and PEK to DFW on 5/16.

    Ben, thank you for posting this amazing fare and all the organizing!

  72. Tay T Guest

    Got an amazing deal on JAL during this fare mistake so we will be doing:

    Apr 29 - SFO-HND-PEK (JL 1/AA 8400 and JL 21)
    May 4 - PEK-HND-SFO (JL 22 and JL 2/AA 8401)

  73. avi Guest

    May4: ORD-PEK
    May18: PEK-ORD

  74. Mark Guest

    5/16 - DCA-DFW-PEK

    5/21 - PEK-ORD-DCA

    Thanks for posting this and putting it together. Would love to meetup with anyone in Beijing!

  75. Chuck Guest

    April 22 to April 27

    Only one trip :-(

    Thanks

    1. lucky OMAAT

      @ Chuck -- Which route?

  76. Ben Member

    > @ Ben — Amazing return routing

    Uh, yeah I'm a moron. Obviously of the two of us, you are the smart one.

    5-18 AA187 (right)
    5-21 AA186 (right)
    5-25 AA89 (right)
    5-25 AA186 -> 5-28 AA186

    1. lucky OMAAT

      @ Ben -- Hardly! Should be fixed now.

  77. Valerie Guest

    Wasn't able to get in on the deal after trying at the tail end so have to stick with my award ticket. But I will be in Beijing btw 4/14 and 19th so lease keep me informed if there is a meetup in Beijing. Thanks.

  78. John Perri Guest

    April 27 - 187 - ORD - PEK
    April 30 - 186 - PEK - ORD

    Thanks,
    John

  79. AdamDW Guest

    I’m flying from Washington to Chicago to Beijing on April 23 and from Beijing to Chicago to Washington on April 28

  80. Marky New Member

    @Lucky : By mistake you put my return on 4/26 (same day as my outbound). It's 4/29 PEK to ORD. Thanks for putting this all together!

  81. Brian Member

    @Lucky
    By mistake you place my return flight on May 28th under AA186 (ORD) not AA89 (DFW). I am on flight AA89 for the return. No problem I know this these posts get confusing quickly and you have a lot of comments to process.
    Thanks in advance,
    Brian

  82. Luke Guest

    April 6th - ORD-PEK
    April 16th PEK-ORD

  83. arthur Member

    April 6-10
    Dca-ord-pek

  84. Golfingboy Guest

    May 8 DFW-PEK
    May 11 PEK-DFW

    There are 3 friends in my party :P

  85. Rob Guest

    3/26 ORD - PEK
    3/31 PEK - ORD

  86. Patrice Guest

    IAD-DFW-PEK May 13
    PEK-DFW May 18
    DFW-IAD May 19

    Would love to meet up with other folks!!!!!

  87. Dave Guest

    May 22: 187
    May 25: 186

    Torn between the great rates at the Swissotel and the point option at the Park Plaza. Any advice?

  88. Rachid New Member

    DCA-ORD-PEk May 10th
    PEK-ORD-DCA May 17th

  89. Travis Swanson Member

    DFW-PEK May 13th
    PEK-DFW May 20th

    Total in group - 8.

    1. lucky OMAAT

      @ Travis Swanson -- AWESOME!

  90. Tim Guest

    May 18 ORD-PEK
    May 22 PEK-ORD

    On the ground meetup would be sweet!

  91. Andrew B OMAAT

    5/21: ORD-PEK
    5/25: PEK-DFW

  92. Tom Guest

    Somebody must have booked 3 or 4 of these things back to back right?

  93. Sam Guest

    April 4: AA187
    April 11: AA186

  94. eap Guest

    DFW-PEK: May 9
    PEK-DFW: May 12

    (Note to Lucky: I have never been able to post with my primary e-mail, as BoardingArea has always flagged it as spam. How do I get this fixed once and for all?)

    1. lucky OMAAT

      @ eap -- Hmmm, not sure why that would be. Let me forward that over to the tech team at BoardingArea and see what they can do.

  95. Jon P Guest

    DFW-PEK on May 23
    PEK-ORD on May 31

    Have onward travel to ICN and TPE (already been to PEK based on the $450 fares from PHL last year)

  96. Lxf Guest

    4/18 ord - pek

    4/21 pek-ord

  97. Rosas Guest

    AA187 03/29
    AA186 04/10

    Thanks Ben!!!

  98. Jason Guest

    Apr21: ORD-PEK
    Apr27: PEK-ORD

  99. Samir Guest

    Shahir damn right we're travelling together...lets see if Joe posts

    April 30
    Ord-pek
    May 7
    Pek-ord

  100. Shahir Guest

    I forgot to mention I have 2 other readers traveling with me.
    Shahir + 2

    April 30
    Ord-pek
    May 75
    Pek-ord

  101. Danny Guest

    April 16: DCA-ORD-PEK
    April 20: PEK-ORD-DCA

  102. Ryan Guest

    RE: masks. I lived in Beijing for 6 months and have visited shanghai, you do not need to ever wear a mask, unless you have very sensitive lungs or something like asthma. 98% of people will have zero issue.

    Congrats on getting a great flight. Beijing is an amazing place!

  103. atlvoyager Guest

    5/24 : AA 89 DFW-PEK
    5/30 : AA 186 PEK-ORD

  104. Brian Member

    May 18: AA89 (DFW)
    May 28: AA88 (DFW)

    I hope to see other readers on my flights.

  105. Andy G Guest

    I'm not an AA elite, read no SWUs, but

    April 2: ORD-PEK
    April 7: PEK-ORD

  106. Andrew L Guest

    May 8 DCA-ORD-PEK (AUS-DFW-DCA positional flight)
    May 12 PEK-ORD-DCA (DCA-DFW-AUS positional flight)

  107. Beni Guest

    I'm flying from Dallas to Beijing on April 31st.

  108. hayate Guest

    May 25: dfw-PEK
    May 28: PEK-dfw

  109. Ben Member

    5-18 AA187
    5-21 AA186
    5-25 AA89
    5-25 AA186

    1. lucky OMAAT

      @ Ben -- Amazing return routing ;)

  110. Raja Guest

    April 27: ORD->PEK
    May 1: PEK->ORD

  111. Jason New Member

    American
    89 DALLAS FT WORTH TUE 19MAY 11:20 AM BEIJING 2:15 PM
    Seat 10A , 9A, 9B

    American
    88 BEIJING WED 27MAY 4:25 PM DALLAS FT WORTH 4:45 PM
    Seat 9E, 9D, 9B

    2 Adults 1 Child. Staying at the Double tree Hotel

  112. hayate Guest

    May 25: DFW-PEK
    May 28: PEK-DFW

  113. KoolFatKat Guest

    May 13: ORD-PEK
    May 20: PEK-ORD

  114. Sarah Guest

    +2
    5/12 DCA-DFW-PEK returning 5/23 PEK-ORD-DCA

  115. Sarah Guest

    @Peter, Having traveled a lot in China, I think squeezing Beijing, Xi'an, and Shanghai in could be a bit tough. There's a solid 2-3 days worth of "must see" places in Beijing, not including the wall. You may still see some of the effects of the labor holiday (April 28- May 4), which can make travel in China all but impossible. That being said, high speed rail is a great option since the trains actually...

    @Peter, Having traveled a lot in China, I think squeezing Beijing, Xi'an, and Shanghai in could be a bit tough. There's a solid 2-3 days worth of "must see" places in Beijing, not including the wall. You may still see some of the effects of the labor holiday (April 28- May 4), which can make travel in China all but impossible. That being said, high speed rail is a great option since the trains actually run on time and the train stations in both Beijing and Xi'an are somewhat more convenient than the airport (less of an issue in Shanghai). If you're feeling adventurous, overnight trains are perfectly comfortable and can save a lot of day light time. For all three, hiring guides within the city will be much cheaper than using a packaged tour for everything and it is certainly possible to get around without a guide if you want.

  116. Katie Member

    Peter+1 - I would not do the train from Beijing to Xi'an - I have done it before and it is LOOOOONG, even if it stays on schedule (mine did not). Fly, it is worth every penny.

    You can always work with a travel advisor to do private tours. ;)

  117. Stu Guest

    May 23 – AA 187
    May 30 – AA 186

  118. Sergio T Member

    Lucky,
    1st trip
    Sergio +2 april 29 sfo-hnd-pek
    May 04 pek-hnd- sfo.
    I know this is a weird routing but we got this for cheap as well on JAL!
    2nd trip
    May 5th DCA-ORD-PEK
    may 10th PEk-ORD
    Add it up. When are you going?

  119. PL Guest

    May 22: ORD-PEK
    May 26: PEK-ORD

  120. Andrew Guest

    5/22 : AA 89 DFW-PEK
    5/25 : AA 88 PEK-DFW

  121. Rye Guest

    5/11/2015 DFW to PEK American Airlines 89

    5/28/2015 PEK to ORD American Airlines 186

    Oh yeah.

  122. Peter +1 Guest

    6 May DCA 12:50pm CHI 5:20pm Return 13 May PEK 10:10am to CHI
    Do you recommend any good private tour companies? Would like to do 2 days Beijing and then fly/train to Terra Cotta warriors in Xi'an and if possible Shanghai then train back to Beijing. Not sure if its realistic!?

  123. Marky New Member

    4/26 ORD to PEK
    4/29 PEK to ORD

  124. Hide Guest

    @Lucky chance of getting compensate ? I am sure you have bought paid ticket in the past on transpacfic routes. Are you going to claim your compensate?

  125. Mommalovestotravel Guest

    April 29 IAD-DFW-ORD-PEK
    May 9 PEK-DFW-IAD

  126. Kohei Guest

    May 19th - AA 187
    May 23rd - AA 186

  127. Adam Guest

    May 16th 187 DCA-ORD-PEK
    May 19th 186 PEK-ORD-PEK

    Thanks Lucky

  128. Shahir Guest

    Ord-pek April 30th
    Pek-ord may 7th

  129. evan New Member

    3/29 AA187
    4/5 AA186

  130. panzer1945 Guest

    I am on May 22 Dallas to Beijing and return on June 1 from Beijing to Chicago.

  131. David Guest

    I didn't get in on the deal but I will be in PEK from 3/23-4/2. If there is a ground meet up, feel free to include me.

  132. YWang Guest

    Not flying from ORD.

    4/12-4/23 in Beijing
    4/23-4/30 in Tokyo/Kyoto

    1. lucky OMAAT

      @ YWang -- So you're flying from DFW, or totally separate from this fare? If you're flying on AA out of ORD/DFW, which dates?

  133. Hide Guest

    @Lucky,Any comment on this?
    https://airlinesettlement.com

    1. lucky OMAAT

      @ Hide -- In regards to what?

  134. Diondi Guest

    May 14 DFW-PEK
    May 17 PEK-DFW

  135. AdamX Guest

    I’m flying from Chicago to Beijing on March 31 and from Beijing to Chicago on April 8.

  136. hao Guest

    May 28: ORD-PEK
    May 31: PEK-ORD

  137. thyeri Guest

    Apr11: ORD-PEK
    Apr19: PEK-ORD

  138. Hdkks Guest

    Remember to bring your masks! I would recommend N95 masks. Try to put it on immediately after you landing. Beijing / Shanghai's air pollution can jet you really badly without protection.

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tour du lich trong nuoc Guest

Here now after a mostly lovely flight. The AA crew was stellar. Food (steak with mac and cheese) was unmemorable. Wine flight was stupendous but they need to upgrade the champagne. Seat 3A was broken. No lie flat. Any thoughts about writing to AA to ask for refund of swu because of that malfunction?

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Kohei Guest

Can you please change my AA 186 flight from May 23 to May 24? Thanks.

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Bill T Guest

5/20 DCA - Ord - Pek 5/28 PEK - ORD - DCA trip actualy starts cvg-dca early am 5/20. looking for hotel forbidden city area, and looking to get tour ideas. first visit to china

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