The Real Deal Vacation package to China includes airfare from Los Angeles to Shanghai with a return flight from Beijing to Los Angeles; three nights at the Broadway Mansions Hotel Shanghai; two nights at the Grand Noble Hotel Xi'an; three nights at the Beijing International Hotel; all in-country transportation, including domestic flights and train transfer from Shanghai airport; touring program, including entrance fees; eight breakfasts, three lunches, and one dinner; and all air and hotel taxes and fees included, from $1,499 per person.
When Jan. 22, 2013 ($1,499); add $100 for Nov. 20, 2013 ($1,599); add $160 for Mar. 12, 16, 2013 ($1,659); add $400 for Oct. 9, 2012 ($1,899).
Gateways Los Angeles (from $1,499).
The Fine Print All air and hotel taxes and fees are included in the package price. A China visa ($170, paid separately) is required for travel. Based on double occupancy; the single supplement is $320. Read these guidelines before booking any Real Deal.
Book By Sept. 5, 2012; add $300 for bookings made after Sept. 5, 2012.
Contact Friendly Planet Travel, 800/555-5765, friendlyplanet.com.
Why It’s a Deal According to a Kayak search, the lowest airfare from Los Angeles to Shanghai, with a return trip to Los Angeles from Beijing, starts at $1,119 in early December, all fees and taxes included (American Airlines). Three nights at the Broadway Mansions Hotel Shanghai costs from $198 per person; two nights at the Grand Noble Hotel Xi’an costs from $107 per person; and three nights at the Beijing International Hotel costs from $233 per person (taxes and fees included at all hotels). Added together, you’d be paying $1,657 per person just for international airfare and accommodation alone. For $158 less, this vacation package also includes two domestic flights, all ground transportation (including an airport transfer on Shanghai’s one-of-a-kind maglev train, which reaches speeds of 268 miles an hour); twelve meals; a detailed tour program, including entrance fees; and all other taxes and fees.
More Extend your vacation with Friendly Planet’s Hong Kong supplement package, which includes three nights at the Park Hotel Hong Kong, a tour of Hong Kong Island, and additional optional activities, from $929 per person. Additional nights at the Broadway Mansions Hotel Shanghai and Beijing International Hotel are available at $90 per room, per night, with an added fee of $100, plus the difference in airfare, if you choose to extend your stay in those two cities.
>>Follow @BudgetTravel on Twitter and like us on Facebook for daily deals.