expired Melbourne to Shanghai, Nanjing, Guangzhou, Shenz. $296 Beijing $334 (2 Free Nights Hotel in Xi'an or Changsha) Return via Hainan

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Melbourne to Shanghai, Nanjing, Guangzhou, Shenz. $296 Beijing $334 (2 Free Nights Hotel in Xi'an or Changsha) Return via HainanAffiliate

This deal is back again but with more destinations (Beijing) and cheaper fares (~$50). Dates appear to mostly be March & April but some fares at other dates as well. Best of all is that you get 2 free nights stay in either Xi'an or Changsha.

Hainan is a 5 star airline and bags, food, seats are included in the price.

Hainan's Free Hotel Policy.

In the transit airport of Xi’an, Haikou, Guangzhou, Lanzhou, Dalian, Hangzhou, Pudong district of Shanghai, Chongqing ,Changsha and Shenzhen, we offer free accommodation and free shuttle service for passengers taking HNA international connecting flight with the transit time being more than 6 hours (inclusive) at the day and on the next day.

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Hainan Airlines International Connecting Flights include domestic to international flights, international to domestic flights and international to international flights.


To get the cheap prices:

  • Find the dates on Skyscanner.
  • Sign up for the Fortune Wings Club. This gets you 6% off (+ extra 2% via sale) when you are signed in. It's free to join but be aware that the site keeps producing errors or doesn't load at times. Strangely using a VPN seems to make everything work somewhat normally.
  • Get a $50 coupon on their site. If you get "Got Failed Sorry! Your chances have been used up", change your browser to Internet Explorer (or something else).

Screenshot of Melbourne Shanghai fare


Dates: March & April (mostly)

Xi'an has the Terracotta Warriors.

Via Secret Flights

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  • +2 votes

    The free hotel policy mentions a lot of other transit airports in addition to Xi'an and Changsha. Is it possible to get a transfer through a different airport when flying out of Australia? For example, is it possible to fly from Melbourne to Beijing and transfer through Shanghai?

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      Probably not at these prices. You'd have to do a multi city and probably not worth it. Haven't seen them pair connections with anything other than Xi'an and Changsha.

  • +5 votes

    How about from Sydney?

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      I think you can fly to Changsha or Xi'an for $450 but none of the 2 stops with hotels. Specials page.

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      There is 'capital airline' which is a subsidiary of Hainan airline. They run a few routes from Sydney, might be worth checking.

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    Has anyone used the free hotel transfer at Changsha. Was it easy/hard to find where to go? Which hotel were you put up in? Have booked for next week but can not find any info on line of others experiences or what to do when landed at Changsha.

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      I have booked for early Dec 17. I also tried researching google for the same information you have asked, but could not find anything. If you get time after your trip, I would be grateful if you could give us feed back on the hotel transfer process. Thanking you in advance.

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      Overnight transit hotels are arranged by ground staff on arrival, if you cant find the ground staff, just head to their transit desk.

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      I have used the free hotel transfer. You need to go a desk on the ground floor called Hotel Bookings and just show them boarding pass from previous flight and booking for next flight and passport. They put you on a bus that takes you to the hotel. Its 2 people to a room

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      Great. Thanks for that. Was hotel in Changsha or near airport?

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        Very close to airport. Opposite to airport is the Airport staff canteen which has better food than the hotel. Only issue is that you cant pay for the food there, you will need to convince one of the staff to use their pass to buy you the meal (you can pay the obliging staff member if you find one). There is a corner shop just outside the hotel which has the cheapest beer I found in China - Tsingtao available. Happy memories!
        Oh BTW the hotel wifi didnt work - probably because there is a sign at the reception counter giving the password.

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    I hear Xi'an has the best food in all of China. So seems like a great place to stay overnight.

    • +1 vote

      If you go Xian you MUST see the Terracotta Warriors, simply nuts! The food in the old city it pretty awesome as well. I want to go back to Xian, then Shenzen for shopping and back home.

  • +1 vote

    VIC school holiday periods!

  • +1 vote

    wish this was from Brisbane.

    just note that China visa is $160.

    • +3 votes

      It cost me 120 for single entry, you need to go to the Visa office not the embassy.

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        sorry, you are right. $120. I paid for 3 - $360. I shouldn't comment before coffee

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        Please ensure you make a booking from visaforchina.org before you go. The booking is for an hour long slot. When you enter the visa office, take a paper ticket, even though you have a booking. Its next to the security/reception as soon as you enter the waiting hall. You also need to fill in the form online, get a submission number and print out your form.

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    Can someone explain how you can book the free nights accommodation / the process they book you in. Understand +6 hours transit.

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      You cant book. You just go to the hotel booking counter on the ground floor with your barding pass, onward booking, passport.

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    Where do I enter the coupon code? I went through to Wotif but don't see any option to enter the code.

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    Hh, I didn't scroll down the list far enough. Got it, thanks.

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    Can I just get the return flight to xi'an with the same price or lower?

    • +1 vote

      Skyscanner. You can and they fly direct for about the same price after using the coupon but you won't get the free hotels or stopovers.

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    Hainan Airlines is one of the better Chinese airlines, I have flown 4. The cabin staff are excellent. One thing to note is that the Chinese like to treat the plane cabin as their own home. Which is all good fun and quite entertaining, actually.

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    $381.15 to Beijing return! Thanks OP!
    I don't know if I got the 6% off. I logged in via my membership, searched for the tickets that way. I definitely got a couple of % off though. Also the $50 voucher worked.
    All up I'm very happy to be returning for a looksie after 7 years absence.

    Thanks very much again OP!!!

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    Waiting for a sale like this for Oct 2018 fingers crossed

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    Will these deals continue to pop up in the near future you think? I just don't know what dates i'll be free next year yet… it's uch a good deal though :(

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    Do they supply wine and liquor onboard?

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