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New York to Shanghai China $379 Economy or $1548 Business Class RT Airfares on 5* Hainan Airlines (Travel Sept-Oct 2019)

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Skytrax certified rated 5 out of 5 stars Hainan Airlines, via Skyscanner have incredible round trip airfares travelling from New York (JFK) to Shanghai China (PVG) for $379 in economy or $1548 in business class service (.Comfortable Lie-Flat Seats in Business Class). This makes 1 stop.

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Departs JFK: Sept 1, 6, 8, 13, 20, 22, 29; Oct 4, 11, 13, 18, 20
Returns: Sept 5-6, 8-9, 15-16, 19-23, 29-30; Oct 3-4, 6-7, 10-11, 13-14, 17-18, 20-21, 24-25, 27, 31
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With all these flight deals are most people using the cheapest agents on Skyscanner, names I never heard of like ExploreTrip, Vayama, etc. All the better known names like Orbitz, Priceline, etc always seem to be $100+ more expensive.
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With all these flight deals are most people using the cheapest agents on Skyscanner, names I never heard of like ExploreTrip, Vayama, etc. All the better known names like Orbitz, Priceline, etc always seem to be $100+ more expensive.
I would like to know too.
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Vayama I have used many times and is as common as Kayak. I would lump Kayak, Skyscanner, Vayama into their own category of reputable flight aggregators. Orbitz, Priceline are different in that they are agencies and manage the reservation for you - completely unnecessary and actually cumbersome if you need to cancel, make changes, or request customer service. Much easier to use an aggregator to snag that cheap price, and just have the airline manage your reservation directly.
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The idea of sitting up for 33 hrs within 2 days sounds like a nightmare but I guess if you want to go super cheap....
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With all these flight deals are most people using the cheapest agents on Skyscanner, names I never heard of like ExploreTrip, Vayama, etc. All the better known names like Orbitz, Priceline, etc always seem to be $100+ more expensive.
I can't find where to delete a post? I meant to reply to you in my other post responding to this, but can't seem to figure out how to delete it so I can just submit it as a reply to you.
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With all these flight deals are most people using the cheapest agents on Skyscanner, names I never heard of like ExploreTrip, Vayama, etc. All the better known names like Orbitz, Priceline, etc always seem to be $100+ more expensive.
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I would like to know too.

Yes watch out for the pop travel agent sites. Nothing but a pain in butt. While published prices may appear low, they tack on charges at the end. What you see is NOT what you get.

To give an analogy of what these cheap agents are like, they are the Ryan Air of the Travel Agents world.

Best advice - stay clear of them

Suck it up and pay the extra $100, on traditional travel search websites, and get a refundable ticket. All other problems are puny in comparison.

Coming to the airlines, I have not flown Hainan, I have flown Air China and it was bad. Same leg (LGA~PVG) and and paid $2200 for Biz class. It wasnt worth it.

This price is very good, can some one comment on Hainan Airlines?. Thank you.
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Yes watch out for the pop travel agent sites. Nothing but a pain in butt. While published prices may appear low, they tack on charges at the end. What you see is NOT what you get.

To give an analogy of what these cheap agents are like, they are the Ryan Air of the Travel Agents world.

Best advice - stay clear of them

Suck it up and pay the extra $100, on traditional travel search websites, and get a refundable ticket. All other problems are puny in comparison.

Coming to the airlines, I have not flown Hainan, I have flown Air China and it was bad. Same leg (LGA~PVG) and and paid $2200 for Biz class. It wasnt worth it.

This price is very good, can some one comment on Hainan Airlines?. Thank you.
Hainan Airlines is Certified with the 5-Star Airline Rating for the quality of its Onboard product and staff service, and the Hainan Airlines home base Airport service.
https://skytraxratings.com/airlin...nes-rating
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Hainan Airlines is Certified with the 5-Star Airline Rating for the quality of its Onboard product and staff service, and the Hainan Airlines home base Airport service.
https://skytraxratings.com/airlin...nes-rating
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The ratings and reviews all seem to be very good. I have to check them out. They dont show up on the corporate travel sites as an option, but if the rate is cheaper, I can get reimbursed.

Thanks for your note.
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China is a MUST visit!!!!! Did it twice in 2018 and would love to go again!
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Have flown on Hainan on the exact flights. It's also visible on Google Flights.

$380 is the minimum price I have seen these flights, the deal pops up pretty often. Sometimes you can fly in/out of a few other airports including Shenzhen, Fuzho, Beijing, and Shanghai (multi city).

Hainan is a decent carrier - the seats are pretty narrow/small (most flights I was on were in 3-4-3 config). The layovers on these flights are usually annoyingly long, but I usually will use the time to go explore a city that isn't as touristy (Chongqing has incredible spicy food - Chengdu has Pandas and amazing food). Food on the flights was nothing to rave/complain about, very average but palatable (better than China Eastern). Keep in mind as it is a Chinese carrier, you are required to turn off your mobile phone (nothing unusual). In flight entertainment is okay at best, most of the movies had hardcoded chinese subtitles and the selection was limited for English movies (a few big hollywood names and some other shows).

Getting a hold of customer service in the US was a serious pain however. It took a few phone calls to iron out an issue when they automatically changed my flight times to a shorter layover, but it would be too short to get through Chinese customs.

TLDR: Don't be afraid to fly on Hainan airlines, however customer service was spotty/took a while to get a hold of an English speaker when an issue come up. They did respond promptly to emails within 48 hours (english) for minor changes. No hidden fees... An absolute steal to go across the world for under $400.
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The wait for the stop is like 21 hours! I wouldn't do that shit even if it was free. How is this a good deal? Hilarious.
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Have flown on Hainan on the exact flights. It's also visible on Google Flights.

$380 is the minimum price I have seen these flights, the deal pops up pretty often. Sometimes you can fly in/out of a few other airports including Shenzhen, Fuzho, Beijing, and Shanghai (multi city).

Hainan is a decent carrier - the seats are pretty narrow/small (most flights I was on were in 3-4-3 config). The layovers on these flights are usually annoyingly long, but I usually will use the time to go explore a city that isn't as touristy (Chongqing has incredible spicy food - Chengdu has Pandas and amazing food). Food on the flights was nothing to rave/complain about, very average but palatable (better than China Eastern). Keep in mind as it is a Chinese carrier, you are required to turn off your mobile phone (nothing unusual). In flight entertainment is okay at best, most of the movies had hardcoded chinese subtitles and the selection was limited for English movies (a few big hollywood names and some other shows).

Getting a hold of customer service in the US was a serious pain however. It took a few phone calls to iron out an issue when they automatically changed my flight times to a shorter layover, but it would be too short to get through Chinese customs.

TLDR: Don't be afraid to fly on Hainan airlines, however customer service was spotty/took a while to get a hold of an English speaker when an issue come up. They did respond promptly to emails within 48 hours (english) for minor changes. No hidden fees... An absolute steal to go across the world for under $400.
they changed the regulation last year, you can keep your phone on now, just airplane modes
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That is a VERY good price. I don't know how that even covers fuel cost. The only issue I saw with the dates I was playing with was flight duration (including layovers) of 22-33 hours. I like to fly from New York area airports because I can get direct nonstop flights and save some hours when compared to what I get leaving from KBDL in CT. In this case I would pay around 200 more (579 RT) and take China Eastern from JFK and do the tip in less than half the time. That can add up to a day of vacation you're spending between destinations.
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How are they making money on this?? It cost me $500 round trip NYC to Richmond. Prefer booking directly with Airlines though, whe nthere's an issue it's much easier going through then nightmare with travel agent....actually why do travel agents have cheaper tickets than booking direct? can someone explain?
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