Fly to the far east on American carriers for as little as $306 roundtrip. Competition is heating up in the transpacific flight market and fares are dropping to historic lows. Enjoy the savings and experience another world for less than some domestic flights.

All three major U.S. airlines, American, Delta, and United, are offering deals to China from various cities across the U.S. Alaska Airlines, along with partner Hainan Airlines, and China Southern Airlines are also competing with great fares in select markets. And don't forget about Air Canada. Sometimes routing through Canada can save big.

Travel Availability

Travel dates and rules vary slightly by route. Most fares are available for departures to China between the last week of August and March, and you may return from China beyond March. Some routes have low fares available for departures through April.

Most routes only require a 3-day minimum stay, but a few may require a full week stay for the low fares. Either way, most travelers will prefer to stay a full week in order to really enjoy the trip after flying that far.

Sale Period

This sale is unadvertised and fares may jump at any moment.

Sample Fares

Los Angeles to Beijing $306 roundtrip, nonstop

Los Angeles to Shanghai $319 roundtrip

San Diego to Beijing $350 roundtrip

Denver to Beijing $350 roundtrip

St. Louis to Beijing $350 roundtrip

Vancouver to Beijing $377 USD/$494 CAD roundtrip

San Francisco to Beijing $395 roundtrip

Orlando to Beijing $400 roundtrip

Philadelphia to Beijing $400 roundtrip

Las Vegas to Shanghai $400 roundtrip

Phoenix to Shanghai $400 roundtrip

San Diego to Shanghai $400 roundtrip

New York to Beijing $414 roundtrip

Boston to Shanghai $436 roundtrip

Philadelphia to Shanghai $436 roundtrip

Raleigh to Shanghai $446 roundtrip

Columbus to Shanghai $448 roundtrip

Phoenix to Beijing $450 roundtrip

St. Louis to Shanghai $450 roundtrip

Indianapolis to Shanghai $450 roundtrip

Seattle to Shanghai $495 roundtrip, nonstop

Calgary to Shanghai $499 USD/$655 CAD roundtrip


These fares include a carry-on bag, a personal item, and two free checked bags.

Seat Assignments

Standard advanced seat selection is included.

Related: The Surprisingly Cheap Flights You're Probably Not Booking

Alternate Fares

These are mostly the cheapest options on these routes. You may find low prices to other cities in China on some mainland Chinese carriers, but flights might require lengthy stopovers.

For more deals to China, have a look at all of our fares to Beijing (PEK) and Shanghai (PVG).

Example Booking

As an example, I found seats on nonstop flights departing Los Angeles LAX on Friday, October 18, returning from Beijing PEK on Sunday, October 27, for $306 roundtrip.

Cheap flight from Los Angeles (LAX) to Beijing (PEK) for $306 roundtrip nonstop

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