Airfare to Beijing, China
The capital of China, the most populated country in the world, Beijing is gearing up for the Summer Olympic Games of 2008 with an onslaught of construction and modernization. Top sites include the Palace aka Forbidden City, the historic Tiananmen Square and the gardens of the Summer Palace.
Airfare to Beijing will be the cheapest on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursday. Mondays are popular with business travellers and weekends are key dates for holidaymakers wanting the longest trips possible – avoid these dates.
Also consider flights into Seoul, South Korea or Shanghai, China. To get between the cities, you can grab a spot on a train, bus or flight. Look for cheap flights on no frills airlines, which are soon expected to fly to Beijing. And although it will take longer to reach your destination, a bus or train could save you enough cash to make it worth your while.
Another possible money-saving tip is to look for flights that go through Bangkok, Thailand; Delhi, India; or another major gateway city instead of flying direct. Because there are more flights – and competition – from these cities on low budget airlines, you can save some cash over flying non-stop to your destination. It is very common to layover in one of these main cities.
Finally, consider traveling on a lesser-known carrier. Air China, China Eastern Airlines, China Northern Airlines and China Southern Airlines are the national airlines. However, Scandinavian Airlines, Qantas, LTU and other airlines also stop in Beijing.
The most expensive air tickets to Beijing are found during peak holiday travel times, such as the New Year. Also be aware of national events or festivals, which can also cause ticket prices to rise.
Summary of Money Saving Tips:
- Fly mid-week
- Book your holiday during the off-peak season
- Consider flying into Seoul, South Korea or Shanghai, China and traveling overland to Beijing via train or bus
- Look for flights that go through large cities, with many flights
- Check out carriers besides the national airline – they may undercut the monopolistic competition
For more information on Beijing, check out BootsnAll’s Beijing Travel Guide.