Wendy sent me email asking about how to book China domestic flight.
Thanks for your great website. I am taking a trip to Fuzhou via Shanghai. I think I probably need to spend a night in Shanghai as I will be arriving at Pudong at 8:35pm on that day. Would you be kind enough to let me know the flight schedule from Pudong to Fuzhou for airlines such as Air China, Xiamen Air, or China Eastern Airlines? Also, do you have any other hotel recommendations other than Jin Jiang Inn that are close to the airport.
Here was my answer (modified)
Thanks for your comment. Regarding the flight from Shanghai to Fuzhou, the routine information is not available on U.S. travel website like Expedia.com. Here is the list I got from China domestic travel agencies:
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I also have friends in travel agency and I you need, I can ask him to book flight for you if you want.
Regarding Hotel, it is hard to say – it depends on your budget. I don’t suggest you to stay in the Jin Jiang Inn – it is not convinient at all. You can try hotels near the central Shanghai – let me know your budget so I can recommend. You can get very good hotel at about 80RMB and low-end price is about 15USD.
Book flight in China
China uses seperate air ticket booking system different from that used in U.S and Europe. Here is a list of major airline ticket distribution system.
Code English Name Scope
1A AMADEUS Europe
1E CAACSYS China
1F INFINI Japan
1G GALILEO Euro-U.S
1J AXESS Japan
1P WORLDSPAN U.S
1T TOPAS Korea
1W SABRE U.S.
1X GETS U.S.
Credit: Thanks for the Ruizhi BBS
When I try to search flight from SHA (Shanghai Pudong Int’l) to FOC (Fuzhou), Expedia reported:
No Matching Flights Found
No flights were found between Shanghai, China (SHA-All Airports) and Fuzhou, China (FOC) that matched your request.
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It may because Expedia does not connect to the Ticket Reseller System in China so they don’t know the existance of the ticket.
Book flight online
I am not sure how difficult people to book China domestic flights outside China. Is it impossible or just not easy? Please help me to understand that.
Updated: Book Ticket Online Made Easy July 31, 2003
Domestic Flight Information and Reservation on Pudong Airport website is ready.