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China Eastern is offering roundtrip economy flights starting at $345 from Los Angeles to numerous cities in Southeast Asia. I also saw low prices (around $500 roundtrip) on other Asian carriers like Asiana from Los Angeles to Southeast Asia.
Available travel dates span mostly now through October. Most flights have one stop in Shanghai (layover time varies). If you can plan a spontaneous trip, these are truly rock bottom fares we’re seeing!
- What city pairs are available?
- When are the cheap fares?
- Mileage Earning
- Baggage Allowance
- Best Credit Card to Buy the Ticket
Available City Pairs
You’ll find the the cheap fares ($345+ roundtrip) from Los Angeles to…
- Manila ($345+)
- Jakarta ($348+)
- Bangkok ($357+)
- Kuala Lumpur ($354)
- Ho Chi Minh City ($358)
- Singapore ($359)
When are the cheap fares?
You can find these cheap fares on Momondo. Available travel dates span from now through October (2017). Secret Flying has many example travel dates listed that they have found.
You can’t purchase tickets directly on Momondo, but after finding the fare you’ll be given links to follow for purchase through online travel agencies.
You need to know the fare class when looking up how many redeemable miles cash flights earn, which you can find using ITA Matrix. The China Eastern flight is in fare class T. You’ll also need to know the distance flown, which you can look up on Great Circle Mapper.
China Eastern is a member of the SkyTeam Alliance. How many redeemable miles you earn will of course depend on which route you choose. For example, if you fly to Manila, the distance is 15,262 actual miles flown.
If you opted to credit to Delta, you’ll earn 4,578 Delta miles for this ticket as well as some elite credits if you care about that.
Wheretocredit.com is also a valuable tool to bookmark for help figuring out where to credit your redeemable miles earned for a cash ticket. No matter which airline you choose in the SkyTeam Alliance, unfortunately you won’t earn that many redeemable miles as this is a super discount economy ticket.
You get a free personal item and free carry on, as well as two free check bags up to 50 pounds each.
Best Way to Buy the Ticket
What card you should buy this ticket with depends on your priorities.
- If you want it to be free, put it on whatever card you have travel statement credits for, like the Sapphire Reserve or Citi Prestige–or open a Barclaycard Arrival Plus. The card comes with 50,000 Arrival miles after spending $3,000 on the card in the first three months. Arrival miles can be redeemed for 1 cent each toward any travel expense (even travel expenses used to meet your minimum spending requirement for the bonus), so the bonus alone will more than cover this flight (and still leave you about $490 in travel statement credits).
- If you’re more concerned with travel insurance, check out our series on the travel protection benefits of popular rewards cards.
- If you’re more concerned with earning rewards (although, this probably should’t be your top priority since the ticket is quite cheap) check out the Best Credit Card to Buy Airfare.
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Hat Tip Secret Flying