The general trend of cheap business class fares lately is fantastic, as it reduces many peoples’ reliance on miles. We’ve consistently seen great business class fare sales from North America to both Europe and Asia.
Well, here’s the latest fare sale for what’s possibly the best business class product available between the US and China.
Delta has published some cheap business class fares out of Canada (including Montreal and Toronto) to both Beijing and Shanghai. This is a combination of a great fare sale, as well as the relative strength of the USD compared to the CAD.
You can fly roundtrip business class from Toronto to Beijing via Detroit for just ~1,690USD.
The flight between Detroit and Beijing is operated by Delta’s A330, which features reverse herringbone seats, wifi, and great food.
Otherwise you can fly between Toronto and Shanghai for ~1,840USD roundtrip, which is also a fantastic fare:
However, it’s worth noting that the flight between Detroit and Shanghai is on the 777, which features herringbone seats, so it won’t be quite as good.
American had almost equally good fares to China out of Canada a few weeks back, though arguably Delta has an even better product on their A330.
Best I can tell, the basic terms for these fares are as follows:
- 3 day minimum stay required and six month maximum stay
- 50 day advance purchase requirement
- Valid for travel in November through the end of the schedule
Of course you can credit these flights to Delta SkyMiles, though that program is revenue based. Alternatively you could also credit to Alaska Mileage Plan, where you’d earn 125% elite qualifying and redeemable miles (more if you’re an elite member).
These fares can be worthwhile even if you’re not based in Canada. Positioning flights to Toronto or Montreal can be pretty cheap, so this can be a great way to save money on a business class ticket to China.
(Tip of the hat to bangkokiscool on FlyerTalk)