For those obsessed with points and status, January 1 can be a daunting day as it’s when most elite balances “reset.” Therefore it’s always nice to have a bit of travel booked before the counter resets, so you don’t start panicking about all the miles and hotel nights you’ll have to rack up before the end of the year. That’s why I always like to book a couple of international mileage runs before the year even starts.
And it looks like American has some great fares to China for early next year, under $750 roundtrip from many cities in the US. And while that’s not unheard-of-amazing, keep in mind that American lets you upgrade all revenue fares with systemwide upgrades, so this can easily be in business class. For example, Seattle to Beijing is $730 roundtrip on many dates, and at a minimum you have to backtrack through Chicago, which adds quite a few miles:
That itinerary is roughly 16,600 elite qualifying miles roundtrip, and that’s without even maximizing the routing.
I see similarly great fares out of many US cities, including Los Angeles, New York, and San Francisco.
To see if the fare is available from your desired city and for your desired dates I suggest using ITA Matrix.
Just enter the origin and destination. Then in the boxes below those cities enter “aa+” which indicates that you want to fly on American.
Then I suggest clicking the “See calendar of lowest fares” button, and entering the number of nights you’d like to stay in Beijing (which can be entered as a range).
Once that’s complete just hit “search.”
The calendar will show you the lowest fares, and you can play around with options from there. I see these fares all the way into March, for what it’s worth.
And while it’s perhaps on the other end of the spectrum, there are also some decent paid business class fares between Los Angeles and Tokyo for early next year. It’s not quite as good of a sale as American recently had to China, but it’s worth mentioning nonetheless. American has business class fares between Los Angeles and Tokyo for ~$2,100 all-in roundtrip early next year, which is quite good when you factor in that you can upgrade those tickets to first class using systemwide upgrades.
It’s worth mentioning that you need a visa for China if you’re a US citizen, though as an American mileage runner I always have a valid Chinese visa.
Happy mileage running!