This January Hainan Airlines began 2x weekly flights between Los Angeles and Changsha, which is an interesting new route. They had some incredible ~$1,350 roundtrip business class introductory fares when the route first launched, which represented an incredible deal, especially since the tickets came with chauffeur service on both ends of the trip.
So I flew Hainan from Los Angeles and Changsha and Changsha to Los Angeles, and really enjoyed my flights on them. In spite of the mediocre hard product, the soft product was excellent, by far the best of any Chinese airline (conversely, airlines like China Eastern have incredible hard products but underwhelming soft products).
The icing on the cake with these great Hainan fares is that they’re an Alaska Mileage Plan partner, and discounted business class fares earn 200% miles (both elite qualifying and redeemable). That means the roundtrip ticket from Los Angeles to Changsha earned about 28,000 elite qualifying miles.
While the fare isn’t quite as good as the introductory one they had a while back, there’s still an excellent fare at the moment.
You can fly roundtrip business class from Los Angeles to Changsha on Hainan for ~$1,790.
The fare is valid for travel through April 30, 2017, and there’s no minimum stay requirement (other than the limit of the flight operating 2x per week).
Interestingly as of May 1, 2017, the fare skyrockets to $18,000+, which is insane, and almost seems like a typo. Business class fares can get expensive, but not that expensive.
This is a great way to get to Asia in business class, and if you’re an Alaska Mileage Plan loyalist, this is a great way to earn 28,000+ elite qualifying miles. That’s about 6.4 cents per elite qualifying mile out of Los Angeles, which is pretty great for business class.
Has anyone flown Hainan’s Los Angeles to Changsha flight since their introductory fare sale?
(Tip of the hat to Edgerfly on FlyerTalk)