A Business Class Trick to Hong Kong to Save $3000, and China Business Class From $1300 Roundtrip

A couple of weeks ago I wrote about amazing $1300 business class fares between the US and China. You could fly on China Southern’s Los Angeles – Shenyang flight and then connect on to a preferred destination from $1304 roundtrip.

The Points Guy writes that these fares I tipped you off to are still available, and that Air China’s Los Angeles – Shenzen non-stop is really cheap in business class too. Find the best availability mid-January and February 20 – March 31.

With half a dozen Chinese airlines flying to the U.S. in addition to three U.S. airlines flying to China — and with China’s carriers growing capacity from secondary cities — fares to China are some of the lowest in the world.

Most partner frequent flyer programs credit these China Southern business fares at 100% of distance flown.

Here’s $1305 roundtrip to Beijing:

And $1314 roundtrip to Shanghai:

Air China’s Shenzen flight is super interesting because the airport is a mere 24 miles from Hong Kong. You can take a taxi or ferry across to Hong Kong (there’s a border crossing involved) and save about $1000 roundtrip and avoid a connecting flight, or save $3000 roundtrip compared to Hong Kong non-stops.

Most Star Alliance frequent flyer programs, including United’s, award 125% of flown miles for Air China R fares.

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  1. Shenzhen is a fantastic airport. Less than 5 minutes from the Shenzhen airport is the ferry which will take you into HK. There is a ferry into central or a ferry into Kowloon depending on where you want to go. It’s a great way to arrive in HK and you’ll love the spectacular skyline views when you arrive.

  2. Flying to Shenzhen to get to Hong Kong is an interesting option. One would most likely have to apply for a Chinese visa though.

  3. Chinese Visa needed, and Another 3+ Hours on what is probably a 20-24 Hour travel day for most of us.. Its cool, cheaper and great idea, but that border crossing can be brutal!!!!!!

  4. @ eponymous coward I wouldn’t take the risk. According the link you provide, it said “by air, cruise, train” and definitely ferry =/= cruise. Big chance that they won’t issue boarding pass to you if your itinerary is LAX-SZX and you have no China Visa.

  5. Air to land crossing at Shenzhen needs a visa. You couldn’t even do TWOV air to air in Shenzhen until recently. Expect to be denied boarding.

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