Hainan Airlines is generally considered to be mainland China’s best airline. Skytrax even ranks them as a 5-star airline, though I don’t put too much weight into what they say.
Most of Hainan’s US routes are operated by Boeing 787s (they fly to cities like Boston, Chicago, San Jose, and Seattle).
These 787s feature forward facing fully flat seats, in a 2-2-2 configuration. That hardly seems to be an industry-leading configuration, though still looks
red nice enough.
As of January 21, 2016, Hainan Airlines will be launching 2x weekly flights between Los Angeles and Changsha, China.
The flight will operate Mondays and Thursdays with the following schedule:
HU7923 Changsha to Los Angeles departing 1:00PM arriving 10:35AM
HU7924 Los Angeles to Changsha departing 12:35PM arriving 7:20PM (+1 day)
The basic conditions are as follows:
- Book by December 31, 2015
- Travel between January 21 and March 24, 2016
- Minimum stay of three days, and maximum stay of six months
If those conditions are met, the availability is wide open. I can’t actually easily get the ticket to price through Hainan’s promotion page, but it books just as easily through an online travel agency, like Orbitz.
The best part? Hainan Airlines is an Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan member, and “R” fares on Hainan accrue Alaska miles at the rate of 200% (both elite qualifying and redeemable). This route is just over 7,000 miles each way, meaning you’d earn over 28,000 elite qualifying Alaska miles for this roundtrip.
That’s under five cents per elite qualifying mile, which is almost mileage run worthy in terms of the fare.
I’ve long wanted to review Hainan’s business class product, and this seems like a pretty awesome opportunity to do so. I can’t say I’m especially familiar with Changsha, but hey, I’ve never been anywhere which isn’t at least worth seeing for a couple of days (even if it’s only to realize I don’t need to go back).
If you’re looking to get to Asia in business class for cheap, this is a deal which is tough to beat.
Anyone else tempted by this incredible Hainan Airlines fare?
(Tip of the hat to Andrew B)