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DL: SJC-PEK from $503 RT (3d min stay) 3.0-3.7cpm

DL: SJC-PEK from $503 RT (3d min stay) 3.0-3.7cpm

Old Apr 22, 17, 2:27 am
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DL: SJC-PEK from $503 RT (3d min stay) 3.0-3.7cpm

late October & November, mostly Sun/Fri departures

Sample for $507/13,724 MQMs: https://goo.gl/flights/ivu6

10/27 SJC-LAX-SEA-PEK (arrive 10/28)
10/30 PEK-SEA-LAX-SJC

EDIT: check MQMs carefully, some LAX-SEA-PEK and PEK-SEA-LAX are "direct" flights

Or to shave a few hours off, drop the connection between SJC<->SEA for $503/12,208 MQMs @4.1cpm

With looong layovers, ITA search finds SJC-ATL-DTW-PEK; PEK-DTW-ATL-SJC for $550/560, 18,686 MQMs @3.0 cpm departing Saturday 11/4 or 11/11 arriving back in SJC the following Thursday

V fare: VLR03PMJ

Code:
PERMITTED MON/WED/FRI/SUN ON EACH TRANSPACIFIC SECTOR
...
PERMITTED 28AUG 17 THROUGH 04OCT 17 OR 23OCT 17 THROUGH
  30NOV 17 ON THE OUTBOUND TRANSPACIFIC SECTOR.
...
TRAVEL FROM LAST INTERNATIONAL STOPOVER MUST COMMENCE NO
  EARLIER THAN 3 DAYS AFTER DEPARTURE OF THE FIRST
  INTERNATIONAL SECTOR.

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Old Apr 22, 17, 8:27 pm
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Great find"

Please note that a China visa is required
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Old Apr 23, 17, 1:41 am
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Playing around with this a bit more, there are some SJC-LAX-PVG-PEK-PVG-LAX-SJC for $524/15,334 MQMs @3.4cpm with PVG-PEK-PVG on MU with DL codes.
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Old Apr 23, 17, 12:46 pm
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Wish I had more PTO. I'd jump on this one.
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Old Apr 25, 17, 7:36 am
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Originally Posted by tentseller View Post
Great find"

Please note that a China visa is required
Tentseller - I was all excited until I remembered this!

A bit of playing to match my east coast departure and I found a variation which should avoid the visa:

SRQ-ATL-SJC-SEA-PEK
~36hours
PEK-PVG-NRT-ATL-SRQ

Comes in at $743 for 17870MQM (3135RDM) = 4.2CPM (MQM) and no visa, if I am not mistaken.

I am in the midst of a DL gold status challenge and wish I could find something like this for now (or the next 90 days!).

*UPDATE*: Did find May 6-9 for a with visa trip @$749: TPA-LAX-SEA-PEK (~42hours) PEK-DTW-TPA.

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Old Apr 25, 17, 9:56 am
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Originally Posted by Lennys26v2 View Post
Tentseller - I was all excited until I remembered this!

A bit of playing to match my east coast departure and I found a variation which should avoid the visa:

SRQ-ATL-SJC-SEA-PEK
~36hours
PEK-PVG-NRT-ATL-SRQ
WON'T WORK

Comes in at $743 for 17870MQM (3135RDM) = 4.2CPM (MQM) and no visa, if I am not mistaken.

I am in the midst of a DL gold status challenge and wish I could find something like this for now (or the next 90 days!).

*UPDATE*: Did find May 6-9 for a with visa trip @$749: TPA-LAX-SEA-PEK (~42hours) PEK-DTW-TPA.
You fly into PEK and leave PVG more than 24 hours later. It will not qualify for TWOV.

When you fly in one city and then out another city you only qualify for a 24hrs TWOV

There is a very detail thread on the China forum re TWOV
http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/china...er-thread.html
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Old Apr 25, 17, 10:13 am
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Originally Posted by tentseller View Post
You fly into PEK and leave PVG more than 24 hours later. It will not qualify for TWOV.
Correct you are. Thanks for that clarity (and link). Back to the drawing board.
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Old Apr 27, 17, 4:38 pm
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Originally Posted by Zorak View Post
Playing around with this a bit more, there are some SJC-LAX-PVG-PEK-PVG-LAX-SJC for $524/15,334 MQMs @3.4cpm with PVG-PEK-PVG on MU with DL codes.
I'd be careful with the domestic MU segments. We've just done two MRs to KMG and the domestic segments were delayed 2+ hours. Look at flight history, domestic flights in/out of PEK/PVG are getting nailed by ATC delays.
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Old Apr 27, 17, 7:57 pm
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Originally Posted by berliner5000 View Post
I'd be careful with the domestic MU segments. We've just done two MRs to KMG and the domestic segments were delayed 2+ hours. Look at flight history, domestic flights in/out of PEK/PVG are getting nailed by ATC delays.
I've been toying with doing a multi-day trip over Thanksgiving week. 2h20m to connect in PVG on the inbound, which from reading the various threads sounds doable without checked luggage? And with an overnight layover in PVG on the way back. I guess the risk-averse way to do this would be SJC-(LAX-)SEA-PEK on the outbound instead.
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Chinese internal ATC is military controlled; so the is no logic or systems of delays. The airspace is military control. Central government favours land transportation (HSR) between major cities.

Advise:
Leave plenty of time, and then more.
Make sure it is one ticket issued on DL 006 stock.
Make sure the Chinese domestic segments are all MU operated and not MU code shares.
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Originally Posted by tentseller View Post
Advise:
Leave plenty of time, and then more.
Make sure it is one ticket issued on DL 006 stock.
Make sure the Chinese domestic segments are all MU operated and not MU code shares.
Thanks! That confirms info I'd seen in the other threads about connecting in PVG.

The China segments are DL coded, operated by MU. Since the fare requires staying some nights anyway it's not a disaster if I misconnect on the outbound, and overnight (almost 24 hours) in PVG on the return. I'm also ABC and speak passable Mandarin
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Originally Posted by Zorak View Post
Thanks! That confirms info I'd seen in the other threads about connecting in PVG.

The China segments are DL coded, operated by MU. Since the fare requires staying some nights anyway it's not a disaster if I misconnect on the outbound, and overnight (almost 24 hours) in PVG on the return. I'm also ABC and speak passable Mandarin
My Putonghua is more than passable but I never use it when dealing airline staff, PSB and border official. I look like a sea turtle and speak Canadian English in the North and UK English in the South.
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Old Apr 28, 17, 2:19 am
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Originally Posted by tentseller View Post
My Putonghua is more than passable but I never use it when dealing airline staff, PSB and border official. I look like a sea turtle and speak Canadian English in the North and UK English in the South.
Is this fare gone? Not seeing anything any more out of SJC.

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