Late last year I flew Xiamen Air between Seattle and Shenzhen, just a few weeks after they began service in the market. Seattle was their first US destination, though they’ve also announced new flights to Los Angeles and New York.
I was extremely impressed by Xiamen Air’s product, especially as Chinese airlines go. The flight attendants were friendly and professional, the food was good, and they even had free wifi.
In a few weeks Xiamen Air will begin flying between Los Angeles and Xiamen. The great news is that this flight will be operated by one of their new Boeing 787-9 aircraft, which feature reverse herringbone seats in business class. This is a much better product than I had on my flight.
Here’s a video about Xiamen Air’s new 787-9s:
Xiamen Air has had pretty consistently good fares between the US and Asia, though at the moment they have some especially compelling business class fares, which Andrew made me aware of.
Xiamen Air has ~$1,850 business class fares for travel between the US and much of China for travel between September and December of 2017. Fares to other parts of Asia are in many cases only marginally more.
For example, I see these fares available for travel to Beijing, Chengdu, Guangzhou, Hangzhou, Jinan, etc. However, Xiamen Air isn’t a huge airline, so travel to some of those destinations may require a double connection, or possibly an overnight in Xiamen.
You can use Google Flights or ITA Matrix to look up these fares, though be aware that there’s quite a bit of phantom availability. That’s to say that for many tickets you’ll go to an OTA or Xiamen Air’s website and find that the fare is higher. However, in other cases it’s pricing out at exactly the above costs.
So don’t expect everything you see through Google Flights to be available, though there most definitely are ~$1,850 roundtrip business class fares.
Xiamen Air is a SkyTeam member airline, so you can credit the miles earned from this trip to a variety of airlines. Here’s the page on wheretocredit.com that shows how many miles you’d earn for this fare.
I loved my flight on Xiamen Air last year, and this flight is even operated by a plane with their newer business class seat. This is an absolute bargain for business class travel between the US and China. So if you’re looking to travel across the Pacific this fall in business class, I’d seriously consider booking Xiamen Air.
Anyone considering one of these great Xiamen Air business class fares?