At the moment China Eastern has what might just be the cheapest non-mistake transpacific business class fares I’ve ever seen for travel originating in the US. At least I assume these fares aren’t a mistake, since Air China and China Eastern seem to be having a bit of a fare war.
China Eastern has roundtrip business class fares of under $1,150 between Los Angeles and Beijing. Their hub is in Shanghai, so you have a connection in each direction, though travel time isn’t that long.
Best I can tell these fares are valid for outbound travel August 28 through October 3, 2018. Return travel needs to be completed within six months of the outbound. Best I can tell, while ticket changes are free, the refund fee is $500 per ticket (you’ll want to check the terms for the particular ticket you’re booking). Availability seems excellent, and even a quick turnaround is possible.
The fares won’t show on ITA Matrix or Google Flights, but are bookable through other online travel agencies, like FlightHub.
While China Eastern’s soft product leaves a bit to be desired, their hard product is excellent, as they have reverse herringbone seats and wifi on their 777s.
This fare is probably most compelling for Delta SkyMiles members, given the number of miles you can earn for these flights.
Here’s part of the SkyMiles earnings chart for travel on China Eastern:
This fare would earn you 150% MQMs, 200% redeemable miles, and MQDs equivalent to 40% of the distance flown. The itinerary covers a distance of 14,332 miles, so that means a non-elite member would earn:
- 21,498 MQMs
- 28,664 redeemable miles
- 5,733 MQDs (which is huge, since you’re earning MQDs at over five times the rate you usually would)
This isn’t for everyone, but if you’re looking for a cheap business class ticket to China or are trying to requalify for status with Delta, this is a great opportunity. If you’re interested I’d recommend booking ASAP, because there’s no way this fare will last.
Anyone plan to take advantage of these great China Eastern business class fares?
(Tip of the hat to this FlyerTalk thread)