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Travel from San Francisco to Bangkok, Thailand for $478 roundtrip on China Southern for departures through December, 2015. Travel from Los Angeles to Bangkok for $100 more.


  1. When are the $478 fares?
  2. What about the Los Angeles deals?
  3. When is the dry season?
  4. Mileage Earning
  5. Best Credit Card to Buy the Ticket
  6. China Southern Baggage Policy

$478 Roundtrip from San Francisco to Bangkok

Sample Dates: November 28 to December 14 on China Southern

Search on ITA Matrix by calendar of lowest fares for acceptable trip lengths.

Hover over a date with $478 roundtrips.

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Select the number of nights you’d like the roundtrip to be.

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Find the exact flights you want for the $478 price.

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You cannot book on ITA Matrix. Instead note the dates and search on any online travel agency.

Deal from Los Angeles


The cheapest Los Angeles fares I currently see are $100 more, which is still a very good deal.

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Dry Season

Dry season in Bangkok is November to April according to precipitation numbers on Wikipedia. Dry seasons vary by place in Southeast Asia, and Bangkok is a great hub for low cost carrier flights throughout the region, so check the dry season of everywhere you’d want to visit before booking.

Mileage Earning

These book into fare class “T” on China Southern, which earns 25% miles from Delta and zero miles from Flying Blue. A roundtrip from San Francisco to Bangkok would earn 3,967 Delta miles if credited there.

Best Way to Buy the Ticket

But your ticket to Thailand with the Citi Prestige® Card, since it comes with a $250 Air Travel Credit every calendar year that will cover the purchase of this ticket. If you haven’t used the credit yet, buy this fare with your Prestige, and you will receive an offsetting credit on your next statement: a $228 roundtrip!

Even if you’ve already used your $250 credit for this year, the card offers 3x on all airfare purchases.

See my review of the Citi Prestige Card which explains its many benefits like it annual $250 Air Travel Credit, 40,000 point sign up bonus, access to the American Airlines Admirals Clubs and Priority Pass lounges, 3x points per dollar on air travel and hotels, and a $450 annual fee.

China Southern Baggage Policy

You can take one carry on, one personal item, and two checked bags for free.

Hat Tip: Secretly Flying