Now and then I come across an oddity in the airline fare world that consists of a bargain fare with a flight itinerary for the intrepid traveler. Orbitz shows San Francisco to Sydney for $698 round trip. The catch is I have only found two departure dates (Nov 15 or 16) and one return date (Nov 26) with this low fare. Otherwise the fare is closer to $1,000 round trip on China Eastern and other airlines are pricing over $1,000.
The other hitch is this fare requires 3 stops in China outbound and inbound and overnight in Shanghai outbound and Beijing inbound. Basically you can visit Sydney and China on the same $700 ticket.
7,513 redeemable miles in Delta SkyMiles or other SkyTeam Alliance frequent flyer programs.
Another positive aspect of this ticket are transpacific legs between SFO and Shanghai PVG book in China Eastern economy T class. This booking class earns 50% flight miles in most SkyTeam Alliance programs for 6,151 redeemable miles. Flights between Shanghai and Beijing book in Economy B, a 100% miles earning fare class for another 1,362 SkyTeam miles.
China Eastern Airlines
San Francisco – Shanghai PVG (overnight 7:30pm-9:30am) – Beijing PEK – Nanjing NKG – Sydney SYD – NKG – PEK (overnight 10:20pm – 7:25am) – PVG
$698.06 round trip Wed Nov 16 – Sat Nov 26
7 nights in Australia and 2 nights in China + 7,500 miles for under $700.