Air China

       Air China Flight Schedule

The scheduled departures of China Spree Tours feature transpacific flights with Air China (code CA), which is China’s national airline and flag carrier. Air China operates non-stop flights from San Francisco (SFO) and New York (JFK) to Beijing (PEK). Air China flight schedules feature Winter and Summer Schedules, which changes on March 13th and November 6th, 2011, in line with Daylight Savings Time.

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Air China Summer Schedule

San Francisco (SFO) Departure

March 13 – November 5, 2011

Flight
Number
Airport Code Departure
(Local Time)
Airport Code Arrival
(Local Time)
CA986
Outbound
San Francisco
(SFO)
2:50 PM Beijing
(PEK)
5:55 PM
(Next Day)
CA985
Inbound
Shanghai Pudong
(PVG)
11:20 AM Beijing
(PEK)
1:45 PM
CA985
Inbound
Beijing
(PEK)
4:00 PM San Francisco
(SFO)
12:20 PM
(Same Day)
NOTE: Non-stop outbound flight from SFO to Beijing. Return flight from Shanghai Pudong (PVG) to SFO via Beijing with a brief layover and change of plane. Baggage from Shanghai is checked through to SFO.


Air China Summer Schedule

New York (JFK) Departure

March 13 – November 5, 2011

Flight
Number
Airport Code Departure
(Local Time)
Airport Code Arrival
(Local Time)
CA982
Outbound
New York
(JFK)
4:50 PM Beijing
(PEK)
6:20 PM
(Next Day)
CA1858
Inbound
Shanghai Hongqiao
(SHA)
7:45 AM Beijing
(PEK)
10:15 AM
CA981
Inbound
Beijing
(PEK)
1:00 PM New York
(JFK)
2:30 PM
(Same Day)
NOTE: Non-stop outbound flight from JFK to Beijing with routing over the north-pole. Return flight from Shanghai Hongqiao (SHA) to Beijing then connect to CA981 to JFK.  Baggage from Shanghai is checked through to JFK.


Air China Winter Schedule

San Francisco (SFO) Departure

Nov. 7, 2010 – March 12, 2011; November 6, 2011 – March 10, 2012

Flight Number Airport Code Departure
(Local Time)
Airport Code Arrival
(Local Time)
CA986
Outbound
San Francisco
(SFO)
1:50 PM Beijing
(PEK)
5:55 PM
(Next Day)
CA985
Inbound
Shanghai Pudong
(PVG)
11:10 AM Beijing
(PEK)
1:30 PM
CA985
Inbound
Beijing
(PEK)
4:00 PM San Francisco
(SFO)
11:20 AM
(Same Day)
NOTE: Non-stop outbound flight from SFO to Beijing (PEK). Return flight from Shanghai Pudong (PVG) to SFO via Beijing with a brief layover and change of plane. Baggage from Shanghai is checked through to SFO.


Air China Winter Schedule

New York (JFK) Departure

Nov. 7, 2010 – March 12, 2011; November 6, 2011 – March 10, 2012

Flight
Number
Airport Code Departure
(Local Time)
Airport Code Arrival
(Local Time)
CA982
Outbound
  New York
(JFK)
  3:30 PM Beijing
(PEK)
6:00 PM
(Next Day)
CA1858
Inbound
Shanghai Hongqiao
(SHA)
  7:45 AM   Beijing
(PEK)
  10:05 AM
CA981
Inbound
Beijing
(PEK)
  1:00 PM New York
(JFK)
1:30 PM
(Same Day)
NOTE: Non-stop outbound flight from JFK to Beijing with routing over the North Pole. Return flight from Shanghai Hongqiao (SHA) to Beijing connects with CA981 to JFK.  Baggage from Shanghai is checked through to JFK.


Air China contact info Air China: 800-882-8122, Mon-Fri, 6:00 am - 6:00 pm, PT   Sat & Sun : 7:30 am - 4:00 pm, PT

Note: Flight schedule is subject to change without notice. Please refer to your air ticket for flight information and contact the airline to confirm the final flight schedule.


All About Flights

The scheduled departures of your China Tours feature transpacific flights with Air China (code CA). Read more air travel information about your flights to China and security precautions of your China travel

Travel Alerts & Advisories
Visit TSA website for Travel Alerts and Advisories, and updated information of Prohibited Items and New Policies regarding your air travel.

Flight Verification
Contact the airline concerned to verify your flight schedule prior to leaving for the airport. Click the links below to check the flights information and schedule to China.

Check Air China Flight Status at SFO

Check Air China Flight Status at JFK

Check-in procedures in San Francisco (SFO)

Check-in procedures in New York (JFK)

Contact Air China
Unless otherwise stated, the scheduled departures of China Spree Tours feature transpacific flights with Air China. Air China Toll free: 800-882-8122. Monday through Friday, 8:30 am to 5 pm, Pacific Time.

Flight Time & Routing
Air China operates non-stop flight from SFO/JFK to Beijing (PEK). The flight time from SFO to PEK is about 11 hours 40 minutes. The flight from JFK to PEK is over North-Pole and the flying time is about 13 ½ hours. You lose a day when flying to China; but you’ll recover this day on your return trip.

Air Travel Basics
Note it is your sole responsibility to contact the airline related prior to departure to confirm your flight number, flight schedule, check-in time, departure terminal & gateway, baggage check-in procedure etc. You should also visit TSA website (www.tsa.gov) for the updated travel warning and security measures. China Spree is NOT responsible for the accuracy of the following air travel information.

Seat Assignment & Dietary Request
Most Asian airlines don’t have an advanced seat selection system like their North America counterparts do. This means you cannot check-in or request your seating online. Upon receipt of your airline tickets about two weeks prior to departure, please contact Air China at 800-882-8122 1) to get your seats pre-assigned; and 2) to make any special dietary request (if applicable) for both transpacific flight and China internal flights. Note special dietary request for China internal flights is on request basis and is not guaranteed.

Air China San Francisco check-in counter is located in G3 (Area G, Isle 3) and opens at 10 am for Winter Season (Nov-March); opens at 11 am for Summer Season (April-October). Air China JFK check-in counter is in Terminal 1 and opens at about 4 hours prior to departure time. However, line starts to form about one hour prior to the official check-in time. You are advised to check-in at your earliest convenience.

Seats on the exit row can be assigned only at the airport when you check-in. If you have a medical condition and have a special seating request, you must contact Air China directly.

Air China Check-in counter
Air China Check-in counter opens about 3 ½ hours prior to departure time. Lines start to form about 4 hours prior. We strongly recommend you to check in as early as possible. Air China San Francisco check-in counter is located in G3 (Area G, Isle 3) and Air China JFK check-in counter is in Terminal 1.

Air China mileage
As a general rule, the airlines don’t give mileage for discounted group airfares which are lower than the published fares. It is possible that you might not earn mileage when traveling with Air China on your China Spree tours.

Air China group tickets (classes: T & E) do not earn mileage points. Some individual air tickets can earn partial to full mileage with Star Alliance depending on the Air China ticket booking class. L class earns 50% mileage, K class and higher earn 100% mileage. Business class 130% mileage; First class: 150% mileage. Note the class of service mentioned above has nothing to do with where you sit on the airplane and the class of your seat. Mileage points are calculated using the airline booking code and pricing system.

Frequent traveler programs are administered by the airlines, and are beyond the control of China Spree. If you have questions or concerns regarding your frequent traveler mileage points, you must contact the AIRLINE about this when you receive your air tickets from China Spree. The Air China Call Center can be reached at: 800-882-8122. In order to claim your frequent traveler mileage, you may be required to provide the original ticket receipt and boarding pass, so be sure to save these papers.

Air China & United Airlines
Air China and United are code-sharing partners. Both airlines are members of Star Alliance.

Air China does not allow upgrade to business class using your United Mileage. Neither can you get a free Air China ticket by redeeming your United Mileage through Air China or China Spree.

United Mileage points can be used to purchase Air China flights. This must be done directly with United Airlines. It is your sole responsibility to verify the flight information with United and Air China, since flights and schedules are subject to change.

Baggage Allowance
Baggage allowance differs for the Trans-Pacific and the China domestic sections of your China trip. Baggage allowance for the Trans-Pacific flight is two pieces of checked baggage per person. Total dimensions (Length + Width + Height) of the two pieces must not exceed 107 inches (273cm); maximum dimensions of single piece shall not exceed 62 inches (158cm). Maximum weight per piece is 50 lbs. Each passenger may carry one piece of carry-on luggage, the combined dimensions of which shall not exceed 45 inches (115cm).

China domestic flights are more restrictive than Trans-Pacific flights. You are allowed only one piece of checked baggage, and that must not exceed 44 lbs per person. In addition, you are allowed one carry-on bag not to exceed 11 lbs, and one personal item such as a purse or camera bag. The carry-on must fit in the overhead bin or under the seat. The airport authorities seldom weigh your carry-on baggage, but the size of it does matter, particularly when the flight is full. This is the rule. Sometimes it is enforced strictly and sometimes it is not - depending on the local airport and how full the flight is. The checked-baggage rule, allowing only one piece and its weight allowance are usually enforced, particularly in the inland cities.

Overweight luggage in excess of allowances will incur excess baggage charges payable on site by the passenger. For domestic China flights, you may be asked by the airline to pay fees of approximately $2 to $4 per pound in excess of the weight limit.

Baggage Lock & Liquids
Per Transportation Security Administration (TSA), you should leave your baggage unlocked for flights to and from a U.S. airport. Or, if you wish to lock your baggage, you MUST use a TSA recognized lock, which allows TSA screeners open and re-lock your bags for security screening. Ordinary locks will be cut if physical inspection is required.

However, China aviation and transportation authorities have a different rule on this issue and your checked baggage must be locked during the transportation in China. You only need to lock the main compartment of your baggage. This is a Chinese regulation. If your bag is found unlocked during transit, the airline or the train station will lock it for you and you will be billed for the locks. So prepare locks for the main compartment of each bag and any lock will do.

Liquids & gels over 100 ml must be packed in checked luggage at all airports in both U.S. and China.

Baggage Precautions
Make sure that you have luggage tags for each checked suitcase. A copy of your itinerary and contact information should also go in an outside pocket of your luggage to aid the airline personnel to locate you in case you and your luggage become separated. Never check luggage containing prohibited items (i.e. lighters), valuables (i.e. cash, jewelry, and cameras), fragile items (i.e. undeveloped film, bottles, eyeglasses) or critical items (i.e. medicines, travel vouchers). You should read more information about TSA Permitted and Prohibited Items.

Baggage Damage/Lost
China Spree will not be responsible for loss or damage to your luggage and/or personal belongings. You must report any loss or damage immediately at the time of the incident and obtain a written report from the local authority for submission to your insurance provider. If you luggage is lost or damaged by the airlines, a baggage claim form must be filled with the carrier before leaving the airport.

Connecting Flights
If you arrange your flight to San Francisco (SFO) or New York (JFK) in connect to Air China flight to China, you should leave plenty of connecting time between flights. Be sure to arrive at your international gateway at least 3 ½ hours prior to departure time. Allow similar amount of time for the return trip. Please take the following fact into consideration. China Spree is not responsible for any missed connections and/or penalties/loss as a result.

  • For transpacific flights, you must allow a minimum of 3 ½ hours check-in time
  • For U.S. domestic flights, you must allow a minimum of 2 hours check-in time
  • The minimum transfer time between U.S. domestic and international connecting flight is 3 ½ hours
  • It takes at least 1 hour to clear the Customs and claim your checked baggage.

Jet Lag Consideration
Jet lag happens when your body's inner clock falls out of sync with daily cycles of light, rest, meals, and as you cross time zones to reach your destination. Symptoms are fatigue, irritability and vague disorientation. You cannot totally avoid jet lag, but you can minimize its effects. Here are some suggestions:

  1. Get several good nights of sleep before your China Tour departure
  2. Set your watch to your destination time when you board the plane, and adjust sleep and meals accordingly
  3. Try to sleep on the plane
  4. Walk around the plane occasionally, do isometric exercises at your seat
  5. Drink plenty of water and fruit juice while flying
  6. Avoid alcoholic and caffeinated drinks during and after the flight
  7. On arrival, throw yourself into your new schedule, avoid naps, and try to stay awake until your normal sleeping time at home

U.S. Duty-free Exemption
When shopping in China, keep receipts of all purchases. Upon reentering U.S, be ready to show customs officials what you've bought. The standard personal duty-free exemption is $800 if you are a returning U.S. resident and the items you acquired abroad accompany you.

Duty on items you mail home to yourself will be waived if the value is $200 or less. Antiques that are at least 100 years old, and fine art may enter duty-free, but folk art and handicrafts are generally dutiable.

Only 1 liter of alcohol and 200 cigarettes or 50 cigars may be included in this exemption. Items purchased in "Duty Free" shops are subject to duty if the value of your total purchases exceeds $800.

Family members who live in the same household and are returning together to the United States may combine their standard personal exemptions. Children and infants are allowed the same exemption as adults, except for alcoholic beverages and tobacco products.

Please check the updated information on Duty-free exemptions available on the U. S. Customs Service Web site.