Great Hainan Business Class Fares From New York To China

Hainan is China’s Skytrax 5-star airline, and while I don’t put too much weight into those rankings, I was very pleasantly surprised by my flights with them last year from Los Angeles to Changsha and back. While the airline is based in Beijing, due to China’s “one route, one Chinese airline” policy, much of their expansion lately has been out of other markets.

What makes Hainan especially interesting to the miles & points community is that they’re a partner with Alaska Mileage Plan, so you can earn lots of miles for flying with them.

At the moment Hainan has a fare sale, where you can fly from New York to Chengdu or Chongqing for $2,188 roundtrip. Hainan is launching both of these routes in October, so this is a great opportunity to try a new route. The basics of the promotion are as follows:

  • Valid for tickets booked through November 30, 2017
  • Valid for travel to Chengdu between October 26, 2017, and March 24, 2018, and valid for travel to Chongqing between October 20, 2017, and March 31, 2018
  • There’s a three night minimum stay and three month maximum stay

Availability is pretty good with this fare, and business class tickets book into the “R” fare class.

Those are solid fares, though not that remarkable as such. However, the great thing is how many Alaska Mileage Plan miles you can earn for these fares.

Hainan tickets booked in the “R” fare class earn 200% elite qualifying and redeemable miles with Alaska, meaning a roundtrip ticket would earn you over 30,000 elite qualifying and redeemable miles. If you’re an MVP Gold 75K member you earn a 125% redeemable miles bonus on the base miles earned, meaning you’d earn nearly 50,000 redeemable miles. If you value those at close to two cents each, that’s like getting almost $1,000 worth of miles on these tickets.

When I flew Hainan’s 787-8, the plane just had forward facing fully flat business class seats.

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These routes are operated by 787-9s, and at this point a couple of those planes have Hainan’s new reverse herringbone business class, which looks great. Unfortunately getting that product isn’t a guarantee, though.

If you’re looking to travel to China in business class at a good fare on what I’d consider to be China’s best airline, and if you’d like to earn a ton of Alaska miles in the process, this is a really solid deal.

(Tip of the hat to qupasyd)

Comments

  1. Intriguing. Just hit MVP so this would push me up to MVP Gold, which considering all the last minute things that pop up with work, is huge for the free changes/cancellations personally. I’m usually averse to flying with a Chinese airline but seems like Hainan gets good reviews from multiple people who have experienced their product.

  2. One route, one Chinese airline policy? You’re wrong as always.

    Hainan airlines is a Skytrax 5 star airline? I don’t put too much weight into those rankings.

    Qatar / Cathay Pacific is a Skytrax 5 star airline? Great ranking!

    Interesting opinions from you, as always, LOL….

  3. Can you give details how you got the 50000 thousand Alaskan miles. It’s trivial, but seems rather unbelievable to me

  4. Go for it if safety is a low priority. Having recently flow them and witnessing a passenger coming out the toilet during take off, at least 50 seats in my cabin being reclined for landing and people not told to put them upright by the lax crew and children jumping on seats during landing. You pays your money you takes your chances.

  5. Go for it if safety is a low priority. Having recently flow them and witnessing a passenger coming out the toilet during take off, at least 50 seats in my cabin being reclined for landing and people not told to put them upright by the lax crew and children jumping on seats during landing. You pays your money you takes your chances.

  6. Kobe, china’s policy to minimize competition in its long haul flights is a published goal by Beijing. Look it up.

  7. Skytrax 5 Star rating is a joke – I recently flew (Paris to China) with Hainan and there was no running water in the economy class wash-basins for the entire flight. Admittedly, a small supply of wet towels were eventually left in the toilets for those who wished to wipe their hands after using the toilets. If you just wanted to forget basic hygiene and instead drown your sorrows with one of the spirits listed on the economy class menu, the cabin attendants gestured not to understand. It was only when we attempted to explain by starting to produce an actual menu (with the obvious intention of pointing to the relevant Mandarin section) that English language comprehension immediately returned and (meagre measured) drinks were produced from the Business Class cabin. When are we going to get a proper investigation into all this 5 Star Airline rating NONESENSE?

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