Nowadays we frequently see cheap business class fares to China on mainland Chinese carriers, though seeing cheap fares on US carriers isn’t quite as common (at least for travel originating in the US — they often have cheap fares out of Canada).
Great business class fares from Las Vegas to Beijing
At the moment, American, Delta, and United all have ~$1,900 business class fares between Las Vegas and Beijing. The fares are valid for travel through November 30, 2018, and for the most part there are no minimum stay requirements. Travel is only permitted on Mondays through Thursdays.
For example, on the most basic level you could fly United through San Francisco…
Or Delta through Seattle…
Or American through Los Angeles or Dallas…
There are potentially more creative routing options as well.
With Delta you could route through Detroit for a bit more, to fly their A350 business class.
Or in the case of American, I have systemwide upgrades to burn, though Hong Kong is the only destination in Asia that American serves with the 777-300ER. So I could route through Los Angeles and Hong Kong, so I could fly American’s 777-300ER first class and enjoy Flagship First Dining.
Or if you really want to stretch the miles you can earn, you can route through Dallas, which increases the fare by a bit, though it could be worth it.
Maximize the points you earn
If you do book one of these tickets and have access to US credit cards, make sure you maximize the points you earn. The Platinum Card® from American Express ($550 annual fee) offers 5x points on airfare purchased directly with airlines, which is a great option if you’re booking directly with the airline. Meanwhile the Chase Sapphire Reserve® Card ($450 annual fee) offers triple points on airfare purchases, and also offers fantastic travel coverage in the event of irregular operations.
Also note that you may be able to save even more if you book through Amex’s International Airline Program.
Why I am sort of considering one of these fares
I don’t really have time to take one of these trips right now, though I am in a way considering it. Why? Because I’m just over 30,000 elite qualifying miles from earning Alaska MVP Gold 75K status. Nowadays you can only credit international American flights to Alaska. So if I routed through Dallas and Hong Kong (with the intra-Asia flights on Cathay Pacific), I’d earn around 28,000 elite qualifying miles with Alaska for the international segments.
If you consider that would just about earn me Alaska MVP Gold 75K status, I’d be earning nearly 100,000 Alaska miles for the trip (including the 50,000 bonus miles you receive for earning MVP Gold 75K status). That alone would nearly justify the trip based on my valuation of points.
So while I would have jumped on it in a heartbeat in the past, nowadays I try to use my time a bit more efficiently, and a “breakeven” trip isn’t enough to get me flying somewhere just for fun.
Anyone considering one of these great fares to Beijing?
(Tip of the hat to LoyaltyLobby)