Fly to China on a 5-star airline from $244 return

Stephanie Yip 9 March 2017

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Direct flights on Hainan Airlines from major Australian cities for less than $300 return. No joke.

Sorry, this sale is no longer running. Check our list of current flight sales to find a bargain!

Since last year we've been seeing the cost of flights to China plummet. In November, Qantas was taking you there and back from $389. By December, other airlines were catching on, lowering airfares to a measly $319 return.

Now, just when we thought it couldn't get any better, a 5-star luxury carrier is offering tickets to China for as little as $244. Yes, that's a return airfare.

The carrier is Hainan Airlines and the one catch is that these flights aren't to Beijing or Shanghai as many sale fares generally are. Instead, they're to Xi'an, which is in central China and home to the famous Terracotta Army. Other captivating sights in and around the city include the Big Wild Goose Pagoda and the bell tower of Xi'an.

Excited? You should be.

The flights on sale are direct and they depart from either Sydney or Melbourne on select dates between May and June 2017, which is during China's beautiful autumn season where the weather is cool and dry making it ideal for tourists.

Flights start at $244 return when departing from Melbourne and $261 return when departing from Sydney.

We found these prices on Scott's Cheap Flights but they're available on Hipmunk here. You'll need to experiment with dates a little but the bargains are there. One set of sample travel dates for this sale is 7-20 May 2017, which is specifically for Sydney to Xi'an flights.

As Hainan Airlines is a luxury carrier, checked-in luggage, in-flight entertainment and on-board meals are included in these prices.

These fares are not part of any particularly sale and are available until sold out.

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