American: San Francisco – Beijing, China. $756. Roundtrip, including all Taxes

The routing for this itinerary involves some backtracking to Chicago. If you are an American flyer, this is a very good fare from San Francisco to Beijing for travel next February to April.

Forbidden City. Photo: Ray Devlin, used under Creative Commons License (By 2.0)

[Update 10/30/2012 @ 12:30AM Eastern – fare gone]

Sample Date:

  • February 27th – March 6th, 2013. Valid for travel from late February – April, 2013 for Monday through Thursday departures.  Use ITA Software Matrix Airfare Search and flexible month search to see availability – enable advance routing codes and enter “aa+” on both the outbound and return advance routing code fields to search only American Airlines availability. Must purchase by November 6th.


  • SFO – ORD (Chicago) – PEK (Beijing) – ORD – SFO


  • 16,830 miles or 4.5 cents per mile.


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

Background Information:

  • Visa: US Citizens – required prior to arrival. $140. Other nationals, check the TIMATIC Visa Database
  • Currency: Chinese Yuan Renminbi (CNY) – $1USD = 6.3 CNY

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