Fare Deal: LAX to Shanghai / Chengdu for $333 (Coach) or $1367 (Business)

Yesterday morning, I reported that Sichuan Airlines is launching a new flight between Chengdu and Los Angeles, with a stop in Hangzhou. It was strangely timed, since they were basically announcing the launch of an entirely new route within a week of its inaugural flight.

Well, it looks like flights on this new route are now bookable, and the fares are fantastic! You can fly from Los Angeles to Shanghai for less than $333 in coach roundtrip, inclusive of taxes and fees. The flights are searchable via Google Flights (read our guide here), and bookable on CheapOAir.

Fly from Los Angeles to Shanghai for less than $333

Fly from Los Angeles to Shanghai for less than $333

Fly from Los Angeles to Shanghai for less than $333

Business Class is also available with a pretty great deal, at just $1367 roundtrip. However, it looks like Expedia and Orbitz are not able to price this ticket out correctly at the moment, so you might need a travel agent to book it for you. Sichuan Airlines’ website is not registering LAX-PVG as a valid routing just yet.

Fly Business Class from Los Angeles to Shanghai for $1367

Fly Business Class from Los Angeles to Shanghai for $1367

Fly Business Class from Los Angeles to Shanghai for $1367

If you want to terminate in Chengdu, the price is actually a bit higher, but still really cheap, at $378 roundtrip in coach.

Fly form Los Angeles to Chengdu for less than $350

Fly form Los Angeles to Chengdu for less than $350

You can also fly Business Class on this route for $1466. This fare can be booked through Sichuan Airlines’ Canadian site; just make sure you use a credit card that doesn’t carry a foreign transaction fee.

Fly Business Class between Los Angeles and Chengdu for $1500

Fly Business Class between Los Angeles and Chengdu for $1500

Though Sichuan Airlines’ website doesn’t show it, according to ExpertFlyer, the above Business Class ticket books into fare class “J.” This means you are theoretically eligible for Sichuan Airlines’ free chauffeur drive service in Chengdu.

The Business Class ticket from Los Angeles to Chengdu shown above booked into J fare class

The Business Class ticket from Los Angeles to Chengdu shown above booked into J fare class

These fares looks to be valid for travel through January, but keep in mind Sichuan Airlines only operates this route every Monday and Thursday. Sichuan Airlines partners with China Southern Airlines, which is a member of SkyTeam. However, these fares (N for Economy and J for Business) do not appear to be eligible for mileage accrual:

You should be able to credit your Business Class flight to China Southern and earn miles

China Southern Airlines mileage accrual chart with Sichuan Airlines

The flight is operated by an Airbus A330. Economy features seats in a 2-4-2 configuration. Business Class has a 2-2-2 configuration, with a angled flat product. These are not the most exciting products, nor are the routings exactly desirable. However, it’s a great fare, and might be of interest to those hoping to try out a new airline.

Sichuan Airlines A330 Business Class

Sichuan Airlines A330 Business Class

Sichuan Airlines A330 Economy Class

Sichuan Airlines A330 Economy Class

(HT: MightyTravels on Flyertalk)

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