China Southern $518 SFO or LAX to New Delhi, India round trip

A 33-hour itinerary in economy class from San Francisco to India with two stops in China is a deal breaker for most travelers, but at $518.05 round trip, you can afford a hotel bed for six hours sleep in Guangzhou (Canton), China before continuing on to India. Holiday Inn Guangzhou Airport is $59 and gets excellent reviews.

Departure dates are limited to about ten dates in September and November with more availability from SFO than LAX. I don’t see this low fare in October, when the ticket price rises to a low fare around $660 round trip.

I arrived home less than four hours ago after 24 hours of flights topped off with a two hour drive.

Skyteam Alliance member airlines China Eastern and China Southern have had months of great deals to Asia. Hard to the other side of the world for a little over $500 in 2015.

China Southern Airlines

San Francisco SFO – Wuhan, China WUH – Guangzhou, China CAN – New Delhi, India DEL

$518.05 (Priceline) Tuesday November 3 – Monday November 16

SFO-DEL $518 China Southern Nov3-16

This price is $170 less than the lowest fare I have posted for this route in 2015.

Los Angeles LAX departures

This itinerary departing from LAX I even better with a one stop in Guangzhou and a 12 hour overnight layover for an opportunity to sleep in a hotel bed.

China Southern Airlines

San Francisco SFO – Guangzhou, China CAN – New Delhi, India DEL

$518.05 (Priceline) Sunday November 1 – Tuesday November 17

LAX-DEL $518 China Southern Nov1-17

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  1. China 72-hour visa waiver transit rules are beyond my knowledge base.

    It appears CAN is the direct flight destination, rather than Wuhan being a separate flight segment.

    Perhaps another reader has more insight to the 72-hour visa waiver rules and their application to this case.

  2. AFAIK (and I definitely wouldn’t take my word for it) if you don’t leave the airport in Wuhan you would be fine for up to 72 hours (actually can be a bit more because they give you until midnight of the third day after arrival ) in Guangzhou as long as your final destination is a different country, which it is in this case.

  3. Stopping in Wuhan would make the 72 hour TWOV invalid. The maximum one can stop in China if stopping in more than city is 24 hours. Actually if you are a US citizen, it doesn’t look like you can include a stop in Wuhan if doing multiple stops even if it is within 24 hours.

    Here is the most recent timatic entry.

    TWOV (Transit Without Visa):
    Visa required, except for Holders of confirmed onward airline tickets for a max. transit For details, click here time of 24 hours. Transit incl. multiple stops within China (People’s Rep.), with a total transit time of max. 24 hours, is permitted.

    – Not applicable at Fuzhou (FOC) and Yanji (YNJ).
    – Nationals of USA are not permitted to use the multiple-stop transit within China, if transiting through Tianjin (TSN), Weihai (WEH), Wuhan (WUH), Xi’an (XIY) or Zhengzhou (CGO).
    – Visa required, except for Nationals of USA holding confirmed onward airline tickets to a third country, if arriving in and departing from the same city:
    – at Beijing (PEK), Chengdu (CTU), Chongqing (CKG), Dalian
    (DLC), Guangzhou (CAN), Hangzhou (HGH), Shanghai Hongqiao
    (SHA), Shanghai Pudong (PVG), Tianjin (TSN), Wuhan (WUH),
    Xi’an (XIY) or Xiamen (XMN) for a max. transit time of 72

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