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How to Find Inexpensive Tickets to China


How to find the least expensive tickets to China? Sometimes travel agencies include the agency’s service fee so that the cost will be a little higher. Sometimes it is necessary to ask three or four questions to determine the existence and amount of the fee. You can discuss the possibility of using frequent flier miles with your travel agency.  But the best place to find inexpensive international air tickets is online. You can go straight to one of the well-known online travel sites, such as Kayak.com, Expedia.com, Travelocity.com, or Priceline.com.

Flights during June, Aug might be somewhat more expensive as its the peak season. We advice participants to keep checking twice a week around 4-5 months in advance. Also one should fly out of a major airport like NY, LA, DC, CHI or SF to Beijing or Shanghai and then use eLong or Ctrip to book your flight to Kunming. We recommend purchasing international tickets on Tues or Weds as there are chances that you can get a better rate on those days than other days or the weekend.

We have some money-saving tips for you.

DO NOT book a ticket from your home city to Kunming. You should book two tickets. The first from a major US airport like  NY, LA, DC, CHI or SF to anyone of China's main international airports: Beijing Capital Airport (PEK), Shanghai Pudong Airport (PVG), or Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport (CAN), or even Hong Kong Airport (HKG).  Then you should book a second ticket from that city to Kunming.  We recommend you give yourself at least 6-8 hours between the scheduled arrival of your international flight from your home city to one of the airports listed above and the scheduled departure of your domestic flight to Kunming.  This method will save a great deal of money.  

ctrip

The leading online consolidator of hotel and airline tickets booking in China.  

eLong
eLong is a mainland China-focused travel agency, which runs the eponymous eLong.com and eLong.net travel website.

Tips On inexpensive Air Tickets to China

1.       Patiently check several websites but in our experience the best deals are on Kayak.com which allows you the best options of checking several days and dates. Spending a few minutes to an hour doing some research online might save you hundreds of dollars.

2.       Try several different departure and return dates if you can when searching for fares using the discount  websites. The difference a day or two can make may surprise you. There is little logic to airfare pricing, so don’t try too hard to figure it out.

3.       Midnight travel on some airlines will have very low fares since not many people travel during those hours. Even if you aren’t sure that you want to leave at midnight, the savings might convince you otherwise. Whenever the search criteria allows you choices, take the ones that are the least restrictive for the airlines. 

4.       You can get inexpensive air tickets if you can buy your tickets very early or just around the nick of time. Some airlines provide you discounts of up to 85% if you book your flight about three months in advance. If you are certain of your trip, try to book your air tickets by this method for maximum savings.

5.       If you do not live in a major city, you might be able to travel by bus to take an international flight from a large city, thereby reducing your airfare considerably.

6.       Make sure that all taxes, surcharges, and fees have been added before you finalize the ticket purchase.

7.       In case you're booking a nonrefundable flight, be sure to read a site's rebooking and cancellation policies because these vary from airline to airline and site to site.

8.       Ensure that the price you're quoted is the price you're booking online.


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