Airfare of the Day: Air China Economy Class Los Angeles to Manila USD 546


Today’s Airfare of the Day goes to Air China Economy Class regular APEX fares between Los Angeles and Manila during the summer.

Fare Details:

  • 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.

Booking examples:

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:

Mileage Accrual

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).

Fare rules

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