[FARE GONE] Air China – $398: San Francisco / San Jose / New York – Tokyo / Seoul / Hong Kong. Roundtrip, including all Taxes

Air China is running a weekend promotion that is scheduled to run from July 22nd – 24th. However, it is live on their site now. For about $398, you can fly between:
  • San Francisco [SFO]
  • San Jose [SJC]
  • New York [JFK]
  • Tokyo [NRT]
  • Seoul [ICN]
  • Hong Kong [HKG]
As you all know, we are not big fans of Mainland Chinese airlines. We think transiting in China is not the most efficient process. That said, this is cheap. If you are planning on buying this, please use a credit card with no foreign exchange fees – we believe Air China process the payment in China and some credit cards will charge a f/x fee even thought the payment is in US Dollars due to the fact that it isn’t process in the US. Seems like a lot of itineraries will have long layovers in Beijing. American passport holders can transit without a visa in Beijing for up to 72 hours. So enjoy that layover – go for some Peking duck. While Hong Kong is cheap, we think you be better off paying a bit extra and fly the nonstop option for $488 available on United. Update 7/22/2016 @ 6:40AM Eastern – still some availability left. Update 7/23/2016 @ 1:45PM Eastern – while the Air China flexible calendar still show availability, we are calling this fare gone. The site craps out at the payment screen and there doesn’t seem to be any resolution by Air China. Sorry for the frustration — putting up this deal was more trouble than its worth. Our dislike for Mainland Chinese airline continues.
Tokyo, Japan - Photo: Balint Földesi via Flickr, used under Creative Commons License (By 2.0)

Tokyo, Japan – Photo: Balint Földesi via Flickr, used under Creative Commons License (By 2.0)

Sample Travel Date:

  • Sample from San Francisco to Tokyo
  • October 19th – 26th

Fare Availability:

  • Valid for travel on the from October 16th – March 31st, 2017 with departure blackout dates from December 10th – 24th and February 1st, 2017 – February 11th, 2017 and return blackout dates from January 1st, 2017 – January 13th and January 20th, 2017 – January 29th, 2017. Must purchase at least 3 days in advance of departure.
  • Since these are not searchable on ITA, we didn’t do a deep dive on availability, but from quick check, it looked okay. Just play with the +/- 3 day calendar.
  • Please note that while this fare is valid at time of posting, if this post is more than two days old, the fare is likely gone.

How to Search for Availability:

Fare Class:

  • N


  • SFO – PEK (Beijing) – NRT (Tokyo) – PEK – SFO



Air China is a member of the Star Alliance and United partner. Mileage earning with United is as follows:
  • Miles Flown: 14,484 miles or 2.8 cents per mile
  • Elite Qualifying Miles: 0 miles
  • Base Redeemable Miles: 0 miles
As far as we can tell, this fare will not earn miles with anyone.

How to Book:

  • Book on Air China’s weekend promotion page. Click on the one of the cities on sale, then you’ll be directed to a flexible calendar view. Select New Search to enter your own dates to find availability.
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Background Information:

  • Visa: US Citizens – Not required. Other nationals, check the TIMATIC Visa Database
  • Currency: Japanese Yen (JPY). $1USD = 106.20 JPY
Hong Kong:
  • Visa: US Citizens – Not required. Other nationals, check the TIMATIC Visa Database
  • Currency: Hong Kong Dollar (HKD). $1USD = 7.8 HKD
South Korea:
  • Visa: US Citizens – Not required. Other nationals, check the TIMATIC Visa Database
  • Currency: South Korean Won (KRW). $1USD = 1,140 KRW

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Comments (14)

  • GC 7 years ago Reply

    You can credit to Delta for 25% base miles and 50% MQM (5% MQD)

    The Flight Deal 7 years ago Reply

    @GC = Air China is NOT a Delta partner. China Air is a Delta partner. Two different airlines.

  • Jeff 7 years ago Reply

    Has anyone been able to actually buy a ticket at this price? I’ve tried to get SFO to Tokyo many times now (with various combinations of dates), fill in all the passenger info, then click “Continue” and get an error saying either they cannot confirm the flights or they are not available.

  • T 7 years ago Reply

    even though site shows avail, everytime I go through all the info, it spits out a generic error saying there are no avail seats. Refresh page, come back to and it lists the same flights/times as avail. Local office said they are having website issues and trying to fix.

    S 7 years ago Reply

    Getting the same issues as mentioned above. Extremely frustrating to get to the third page, enter in all your info and then get hit with the Generic error. Waste of time.

  • Nischal 7 years ago Reply

    Have not been able to buy the ticket yet. Website shows that no seats are available on the flights selected. I called their call center and they say they cannot offer the fares offered online.

  • Mike 7 years ago Reply

    Still receiving errors and unable to purchase any tickets since last night.

  • Guang 7 years ago Reply

    I’ve been trying to purchase tickets for the entire day, and it always bring me to the generic error page. Are there any tickets available?

  • Jeremy 7 years ago Reply

    I booked this. Actually, was not able at first to get a $399, but was able to get a $599. Then looked again, booked a $399, and cancled the $599

    SFO-HND, 23-Nov to 29-Nov

    Jeff 7 years ago Reply

    I still have not been able to book this route. Did you try anything different to get it to work?

  • T 7 years ago Reply

    was able to grab two tickets this morning – very limited avail now

  • Brian 7 years ago Reply

    Still not working for me…

  • Jeremy 7 years ago Reply

    Did nothing fancy to make it work. Pro-Tip for this, I was at work. Always have my passport information ready to go to jump on deals like this fast.

  • Tom 7 years ago Reply

    I spent 5 hours today trying to book JFK-NRT. I was always able to get all the way through the purchase screen and then received a payment error. I tried many different credit cards, but with no success. Not impressed.

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