American: Los Angeles/San Francisco – Shanghai, China. $663. Roundtrip, including all Taxes

A great non-stop direct fare from Los Angeles to Shanghai.  The flight from San Francisco connects in Los Angeles or Chicago. This is as about as cheap as it gets for Trans-Pacific service. You can celebrate Chinese New Years in China!

View of Pudong from the Bund. Photo: seto_supraenergy, used under Creative Commons License (By 2.0)

Sample Date:

  • January 26th – February 2nd. Valid for outbound departures on January 13th, 15th – 18th, 21st – 29th. Return from February 1st – 29th. Use ITA Software Matrix Airfare Search and flexible month search to see availability. Must purchase by January 13th.


  • Sample only from Los Angeles
  • LAX – PVG (Shanghai) – LAX


  • 12,938 miles or 5.1 cents per mile. If you are flying between now and January 31st, 2012 , remember to sign up for American Airlines’ double elite miles promotion.


Background Information:

  • Visa: US Citizens – required prior to arrival. $140
  • Currency: Chinese Yuan Renminbi (CNY) – $1USD = 6.3 CNY

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