Airfare Deal – American: Los Angeles – Shanghai and Tokyo. $740. Roundtrip, including all Taxes

Here’s another deal where you can visit two countries for cheaper than just visiting one. The fare to Shanghai by itself is about $812 and to Tokyo is about $900. If you want to visit Beijing and Tokyo instead of this, it is $653.

View of the Bund at Night, Shanghai, China - Photo: trioptikmal, used under Creative Commons License (By 2.0)

View of the Bund at Night, Shanghai, China – Photo: trioptikmal, used under Creative Commons License (By 2.0)


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.

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


For our example we’ll visit China then Japan but you can visit Japan first if you want.

1. Use ITA Multi-City to Search


To get this fare, you must depart Monday through Thursday. Play with the dates. We found this fare is best on Tuesday and Wednesdays.

The flights:

  • Flight 1: LAX – Shanghai (PVG)
  • Flight 2: Tokyo (NRT) – LAX

2. Search for Award Availability from Shanghai to Tokyo.

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


Award availability between Shanghai and Tokyo is good. And with that, you can visit both countries for about $750 all in.

Sample Travel Date:

  • October 2nd: Los Angeles – Shanghai
  • Sometime in between – Shanghai – Tokyo
  • October 9th: Tokyo – Los Angeles

Fare Availability:


  • LAX – ORD (Chicago) – PVG (Shanghai) // NRT (Tokyo) – LAX.


  • 13,737 miles or 4.8 cents per mile.


How to Book:

  • Use dates found at ITA Software Matrix Airfare Search and book on using the Multi-City search.
  • 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 – 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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