Yesterday I accidentally came across a low $393 one way fare from San Francisco to Beijing and other airports in China flying China Southern Airlines. I thought I had found an incredible round trip fare until I realized Google Flights was in one-way search mode after I was playing with the SAS $99 fare LAX to Stockholm.
One way fares between the USA and Europe have opened up many opportunities for me to take advantage of low priced fares originating in Europe for frequent travel between the USA and Europe. I don’t know how useful a one-way fare from SFO to China is for readers, but certainly something to keep in mind.
To place China Southern’s $393 fare into context, there is currently a low $553 round trip airfare from LAX or SFO to Beijing PEK with Alaska and Hainan Airlines via Seattle. $393 is about 30% less for the one way trip with China Southern. Hainan charges $424 for its one-way ticket SFO-PEK. While Beijing may not be a real deal at $393 for a one-way ticket given other options, the value I see with China Southern one way fares is $393 is the price to numerous airports around China.
Google Flights shows many airports at $393 for a one-way SFO to China ticket.
For example, the resort island airport of Sanya is $418 one-way from San Francisco on China Southern.
China Southern Airlines San Francisco SFO – Sanya SYX, China
$417.90 one way (Priceline ticket) Tuesday April 5, 2016
For this resort destination of Sanya, China, the China Southern one way ticket is less than 50% of the lowest priced round trip ticket I found.
$906 was the lowest priced round trip ticket I found for a return date close to one week after departure. The one-way fare is 46% of the round trip fare for San Francisco to Sanya, China.
One-way tickets to China are a strategy I will keep in mind when there is some great airfare deal originating from China.