Airfare Deal – American: Los Angeles – Beijing & Tokyo. $653. Roundtrip, including all Taxes

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Last week, we had a deal from New York to Shanghai and Tokyo for $845. Using the same technique, we are going to show how you can visit both Beijing and Tokyo for $653. Prices vary slightly depending on dates. If you stay in Beijing for less than 72 hours, you avoid needing and paying for a Chinese visa.

Summer Palace, Beijng, China - Photo: Jack Parkinson Pics, used under Creative Commons License (By 2.0)

Summer Palace, Beijng, China – Photo: Jack Parkinson Pics, used under Creative Commons License (By 2.0)

 

Basics:

What you need to take advantage of this deal:

  • American Airlines AAdvantage Miles (15,000 Miles) + about $15 in taxes + $25 booking fee or
  • United Airlines MileagePlus Miles (10,000 Miles) + $14.70 in taxes or
  • If you don’t have miles, China Eastern has an one way flight for $235 via Shanghai. Delta has one for $263 nonstop from Beijing to Tokyo.

And this is why we recommend you collect miles. United Airlines miles can also be transferred from Chase Ultimate Rewards at 1:1 ratio.

How:

You can start in Tokyo first and then go to Beijing. But we prefer going from Los Angeles to Beijing to Tokyo then Los Angeles as American have a nonstop from Tokyo to Los Angeles.

1. Use ITA Multi-City to Search

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This fare must depart from Monday through Thursday. Play with the dates. We found this fare is best on Tuesday and Wednesdays.

The flights:

  • Flight 1: LAX – Beijing (PEK)
  • Flight 2: Tokyo (NRT) – LAX

Pretty simple. We found okay availability at the $653 level. There are some dates in the $680s and $710s.

2. Search for Award Availability from Beijing to Tokyo.

We are going to use award miles to travel from Beijing to Tokyo. We are going to use United’s search since it shows availability and you can book online. For American, you have to call them to book since their partner JAL is not searchable on AA.com yet.

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This screenshot is from the NYC – Shanghai//Tokyo deal. Just enter PEK and Tokyo instead of Shanghai to Tokyo.

 The result for the search:

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Good availability on United and it’s partners at the 10K mile level. And with that, for about $670 and 10,000 miles, you can visit both Beijing and Tokyo!

Sample Travel Date:

  • October 16th: Los Angeles – Beijing. (Includes a potential overnight layover in Chicago)
  • Sometime in between: Beijing – Tokyo (on American or United Miles)
  • October 23rd: Tokyo – Los Angeles

Fare Availability:

Routing:

  • LAX – ORD (Chicago) – PEK (Beijing) // NRT (Tokyo) – LAX.

Mileage:

  • 13,737 miles or 4.8 cents per mile.

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How to Book:

  • Use dates found at ITA Software Matrix Airfare Search and book on AA.com using the Multi-City search.
  • Receive $1 back for using Ebates.com or Mr. Rebates prior to booking on AA.com
  • American Airline’s risk free cancellation policy here

Background Information:

China:

Japan:

  • Visa: US Citizens – not required. Other nationals, check the TIMATIC Visa Database
  • Currency: Japanese Yen (JPY). $1USD = 94.5 JPY

Tips for saving when using credit cards at international destinations:

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