In July, the major airlines and Alaska Air (with Hainan Airlines) launched a sale to Beijing from several airports, including smaller airports. This is a great opportunity to see The Great Wall of China and the Forbidden City on a budget. And to check out the Priority Pass lounges at the Beijing airport.
Deals are good from October through March generally, though Christmas and New Year’s are excluded. So not only are winter dates available, but spring break travel as well. In some cases, flights through May are only about $100 – $150 more, and summer flights from some cities are discounted as well (though not nearly as much as winter and spring).
The original sale included smaller airports like Eugene, OR and Colorado Springs. Now, the sale has expanded to even more cities, covering every region of the US (if you consider Philadelphia the northeast). Current opportunities:
- Los Angeles from $304 (includes direct flights on some dates)
- Colorado Springs from $350
- St. Louis from $350
- San Diego from $350
- Denver from $354
- Philadelphia from $364
- Orlando from $394
- Eugene, OR from $400
- Orlando from $400
- Phoenix from $450
- Oakland from $450 (select dates)
- Las Vegas from $458 (select dates)
These are main cabin deals, including seat selection and checked bags making these even better deals. Given the widespread availability of these fares, these may be around for awhile. But they don’t seem to be fully expanding further into spring or summer, so it’s probably best to book now.
- Departure: Los Angeles
- Stops: None
- Arrival: Beijing
How to Book
- Follow link for sample dates or search your favorite OTA / Google Flights for departure and destination
- October 2019 – March 2020
- 5-day stay required
Where to Stay in Beijing
(SEE ALSO: Hilton Beijing Review)
(SEE ALSO: Renaissance Beijing Wangfujing Review)
Things to Do in Beijing
- Mutianyu Great Wall – (SEE ALSO: Video review of the Mutianyu Great Wall Toboggan Review)
- Forbidden City
- Temple of Heaven
- Summer Palace
- Lana Temple
Good luck and happy flying!
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