Jun132016

China Eastern SFO to Laos $482 or Myanmar $499 round trip miles earning fares for 7,372 SkyMiles

China Eastern has two low fares to two of the least developed capital cities for tourism in Southeast Asia in Vientiane, Laos (SFO-VTE $482 round trip) and Yangon, Myanmar (SFO-RGN $499 round trip). There are limited dates with fares in $400s, mostly in September (VTE) or October (RGN), and more dates with fares in $500s for travel Sep-Dec. Lowest fare on other airlines are $800s and higher.

China Eastern flights transit via Shanghai PVG. Both of these destinations are two stop itineraries with the routing shown in this post for VTE a 3-stop itinerary on the outbound. Overnight in Kunming both ways is required on routings I checked.

The interesting aspect of these fares is China Eastern economy booking class T for trans-Pacific flight SFO-PVG and intra-China flight PVG-KMG book in S class and both these fare codes earn 50% miles in most SkyTeam Alliance frequent flyer programs. Both low fare ticket destinations share the same SFO-PVG-KMG-PVG-SFO routing on four of the six flights for 14,745 flight miles for 7,372 redeemable miles. The final legs for Kunming KMG to Vientiane VTE or Yangon RGN are economy Z class, a non-miles earning fare class.

Far more common with China Eastern California to Asia fares in the $400s are long-haul flights book in Z class and do not earn frequent flyer miles. Earning 50% SkyTeam Alliance miles makes these low fares a great value to destinations infrequently visited by Americans.

China Eastern (MU)

San Francisco SFO – Shanghai PVG – Kunming KMG (overnight) – Yangon RGN – KMG (overnight) – PVG – SFO

$498.26  October 2 – October 15

SFO-RGN $499 MU Oct2-15

SFO-RGN-2 $499 MU

SFO-RGN-3 $499 MU

China Eastern (MU)

San Francisco SFO – Shanghai PVG – Kunming KMG (overnight) – Vientiane VTE – KMG (overnight) – PVG – SFO

$481.76  Sun September 4 – Wed September 14

SFO-VTE-1 $482 MU Sep4-14

SFO-VTE-2 $482 MU

SFO-VTE-3 $482 MU

SFO-PVG-KMG-NNG-VTE-KMG-PVG-SFO = 16,091 flight miles with three flight segments non earning miles Z class. So this ticket also earns 7,370 redeemable miles in SkyTeam Alliance programs, including Delta.

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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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