Today’s Airfare of the Day goes to Air China Economy Class regular APEX fares between Los Angeles and Manila during the summer.
- Fare: Air China (CA) LAP30U9.
- Route: LAX-PEK-MNL.
- Booking class: L (Economy/Coach).
- Price: USD 546.
- Valid for: Round trip travel.
- Flight restrictions: Transpacific sectors must be on CA metal.
- Ticketing restrictions: Reservation and ticketing are required at least 30 days before departure. Open returns not permitted.
- Minimum stay: 7 days after departure from origin.
- Maximum stay: 3 months after departure from origin.
- Stopovers: Unlimited stopovers permitted for a USD 75 fee (each). A stopover may not exceed 72 hours.
- Transfers: Unlimited transfers permitted.
- Blackout dates: Inbound travel not permitted 22 SEP through 03 OCT 2017.
- Travel restrictions: Valid for departure of first international sector on/after 21 AUG and on/before 30 NOV 2017.
- Sales restrictions: Tickets must be issued on/before 05 APR 2017. Tickets must be issued on CA stock and may only be sold in the United States/Canada/Mexico.
- Changes: Any time. USD 200/CNY 1320 fee for no-show/reissue/revalidation.
- Cancellation/Refunds: Any time. USD 200/CNY 1320 fee for cancel/no-show/refund.
- Available on: Travelocity, Orbitz, Expedia.
I was able to find availability for departures between August and September. Availability for later departures is scarce.
Here is an example of a mock booking through Expedia:
Fare construction example for those interested in using a travel agent to book it:
The following mileage accruals were estimated for LAX-PEK-MNL without considering any elite status bonuses:
There are some good prices between the continental USA and Manila for next summer (especially during August/September) For all departure airports I checked, prices were consistently lower using Manila as a destination, if compared with other destinations in South East Asia for these dates. Maybe because of the Monsoon season? In any case, The Philippines is a beautiful country still not heavily touristed out (yet) and it deserves a visit before this happens.
It is curious that the fare only allows 72-hour stopovers. That is a clever way to push for the use of the 72-hour free transit visa implemented by the Chinese government in certain airports (we have talked about it before).