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LAX Singapore $462, LAX Bangkok $459 China Eastern Sep-Dec 2016. Air China $587 LAX-SIN might be better deal.

China Eastern has interesting low fares from Los Angeles LAX to several places in southeast Asia like $462 Singapore and $459 Bangkok. These low fares are for flight departures from September to December. I give this fare 4-stars on availability for number of dates with low fares and 5 stars for ticket price on this low fare deal.

What makes this fare interesting besides its low price are OTA sites (online travel agency) like Priceline offer this ticket for about $150 less than it prices on the China Eastern U.S. website.

While this is a very low fare and a deal for flights to Singapore, the drawback is Skyteam Alliance airline China Eastern economy Q fares do not earn frequent flyer miles in any program.

An alternative ticketing strategy is Air China for $587.27 with potential to earn 18,060 frequent flyer miles in a Star Alliance program.

China Eastern (SkyTeam Alliance)  Los Angeles LAX – Shanghai PVG – Singapore SIN

$462.36 round trip (Priceline ticket) Friday September 2 – Sunday September 11, 2016

LAX-SIN $462 China Eastern Sep2-11

This itinerary tickets at this price on major OTA sites, yet China Eastern USA website charges $620.40 for same LAX-SIN flights.

China Eastern (SkyTeam Alliance)  Los Angeles LAX – Shanghai PVG – Bangkok BKK

$459.36 round trip (Priceline ticket) Friday September 2 – Sunday September 11, 2016

LAX-BKK $459 China Eastern Sep 2-11

Low fare China Eastern flight books in economy code Q, a no miles fare class for all SkyTeam Alliance airline members.

Air China Star Alliance alternative for earning frequent flyer miles

An alternative to China Eastern’s low fare with no miles is pay an extra $125 for LAX to Singapore at $587.27 round trip to fly Air China, a Star Alliance member. The additional $125 is potentially worth 18,060 frequent flyer miles with a choice of Star Alliance member airline frequent flyer programs. $125 to buy 18,000 miles is a great deal.

Air China (Star Alliance)  Los Angeles LAX – Beijing PEK – Singapore SIN

$587.27 round trip Friday September 2 – Sunday September 11, 2016

LAX-SIN $587 Air China Sep2-11

LAX-SIN $587 Air China-2 Sep 2-11

LAX-SIN $587 AirChina fare Sep 2-11

LAX-PEK-SIN-PEK-LAX = 18,060 flight miles.

Air China economy L class earns 25% flight miles in most frequent flyer programs, including United Mileage Plus, Air Canada, Miles & More and Air China Phoenix Miles.

Two Star Alliance member airlines, Aegean Airlines and Avianca credit 100% flight miles for Air China L class. Aegean Airlines miles earned with Air China flights link. Avianca miles for Air China flights link.

If price is the main factor, China Eastern will fly you from LAX to southeast Asia on the cheap for under $500 round trip from September to December 2016. The better value is paying $125 more for Air China flights and earning 18,000 frequent flyer miles for another airline ticket on a Star Alliance carrier.

China Eastern also has LAX – Manila MNL $468 and LAX – Ho Chi Minh City SGN $478 on sale too.

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About Ric Garrido

Ric Garrido of Monterey, California started Loyalty Traveler in 2006 for traveler education on hotel and air travel, primarily using frequent flyer and frequent guest loyalty programs for bargain travel. Loyalty Traveler joined BoardingArea.com in 2008.

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