China Southern Airlines – Cheap Flights

China Southern Airlines came into its present form in 1988, as the Civil Aviation Administration of China restructured the airline industry in that country.  China Southern Airlines is one of China’s “Big Three” airlines and flies more than 2000 flights per day.  It is also a member of the SkyTeam Alliance, which includes other airlines such as Delta Airlines, Air France and KLM.  With its own destinations and so may partners, China Southern Airlines can help you get wherever you want to go.

China Southern Airlines has been ranked the second most punctual among airlines operating in China.  However, flights in China sometimes do get late starts, due to the overwhelming number of passengers crowding the airports.

China Southern Airlines US Destinations

  • Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). Los Angeles, California
  • John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK), New York City, New York
  • San Francisco International Airport (SFO), San Francisco, California

China Southern Airlines Domestic Destinations (China)

Flies to more than one hundred destinations in the People’s Republic of China!

China Southern Airlines International Destinations (Not a complete list)

  • Africa: Nairobi
  • Asia: Bangkok, Busan, Cheongju, Colombo, Delhi, Dhaka, Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Hong Kong, Islamabad, Jakarta, Jeju, Kaoshiung, Kathmandu, Kuala Lumpur, Macau, Manila, Osaka
  • Australia & New Zealand: Adelaide, Auckland, Brisbane, Cairns, Christchurch, Perth, Sydney, Victoria
  • Europe: Amsterdam Frankfurt, London, Paris Rome
  • North America (besides USA): Mexico City, Vancouver

China Southern Airlines Hubs and Focus Cities


  • Beijing-Capital International Airport (PEK). This airport is about 20 miles northeast of downtown Beijing; in 2016 it served just under 95 million passengers. It has 3 terminals: Terminal 3 is currently the second-largest airport terminal in the world for passengers.  It is 116 feet above sea level, and its three letter code, PEK, comes from the days when the city was known as Peking.
  • Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport (CAN). This airport is about 17 miles north of downtown Guangzhou and 49 feet above sea level.  It has a single terminal, but the terminal is divided into three areas: Main Terminal, Area A and Area B.   The Main Terminal is for check-in and shopping, while the boarding gates are in Areas A and B.  The Guangzhou airport is sometime called “New Baiyun” as it replaced a previous airport.  The three letter code, CAN, comes from when Guangzhou was known as Canton.
  • Chongqing Jiangbei International Airport (CKG). This airport is about 12 miles north of downtown Chonqing.  It has three terminals and is about 1365 feet above sea level.
  • Shanghai Pudong International Airport (PVG). This airport is situated about 19 miles east of downtown Shanghai.  One of Shanghai’s two main airports, Shanghai Pudong International Airport caters mostly to international traffic.  It has two main passenger terminals and is only about 13 feet above sea level.
  • Ürümqi Diwopu International Airport (URC). This airport is situated about 10 miles from downtown Ürümqi, about 2100 feet above sea level.  It has three terminals in use and a fourth under construction.

Focus Cities:

Changchun, Chengdu, Changsha, Dalian, Guiyang, Haikou, Hangzhou, Harbin, Seoul-Incheon (South Korea), Jieyang, Shenyang, Shenzhen, Wuhan, Xi’an, Zhengzhou, Zhuhai

China Southern Airlines Fleet

  • Airbus A319-100: 26 in service, each seats 122 passengers
  • Airbus A320-200: 122 in service, each seats 152 passengers
  • Airbus A320neo: 7 in service, each seats 166 passengers
  • Airbus A321-200: 97 in service, each seats 179 or 195 passengers
  • Airbus A330-200: 16 in service, each seats 218 or 257 passengers
  • Airbus A330-300: 29 in service, each seats 259 to 286 passengers
  • Airbus A380-800: 5 in service, each seat 506 passengers
  • Boeing 737-700: 26 in service, each seats 120 or 143 passengers
  • Boeing 737-800: 156 in service, each seats 159 to 164 passengers
  • Boeing 737 MAX 8: 7 in service, each seats 178 passengers
  • Boeing 757-200: 3 in service, each seats 191 passengers
  • Boeing 777-200: 2 in service, each seats 374 passengers
  • Boeing 777-300ER: 10 in service, each seats 309 passengers
  • Boeing 787-8: 10 in service, each seats 228 passengers
  • Embraer 190: 20 in service, each seats 98 passengers
  • Additional aircraft are on order

China Southern Airlines: Loyalty Programs, Discounts and Miles promotions

China Southern Airlines’ loyalty program: the Sky Pearl Club

  • Join online for free, and start accumulating miles – or rather, kilometers – immediately.
  • Sky Pearl Club membership has three tiers: Base, Silver, and Gold. Silver requires 40,000 km or 20 Elite Qualifying segments; Gold requires 80,000 km or 40 Elite Qualifying segments.
  • Sky Pearl Club members with Silver or Gold status have Elite status within the SkyTeam alliance.
  • The Sky Pearl credit card allows you to earn more miles.
  • You can redeem miles to buy award tickets and for upgrades.
  • You can buy award tickets for friends as long as you have added them to your Redemption Nominee list.

China Southern Airlines: How to Check In, Seating Assignment, Leg Room and Other Fees

China Southern Airlines Check-in

  • Check-in time deadlines vary by airport.
  • You can check in online (use A4 paper to print boarding passes), using the mobile app, at a kiosk or at an airport counter. SMS check in is available in limited situations.
  • Seat selection can be done online, using the mobile app and at the airport service counter.

China Southern Airlines Seats

  • China Southern Airlines has seats available in Deluxe First, First, Business, Premium Economy and Economy classes.
  • Not all classes are available on all flights and aircraft.
  • China Southern Airlines flies many different aircraft. Economy seat pitch can be as little as 29 inches, but most of their planes have a pitch of around 31 inches for passengers in Economy. Seat pitch is generally 36 inches for Premium Economy.  Business Class and First Class vary considerably by the type of aircraft, from seat pitch of about 40 inches to 90 inches for Deluxe First on some flights.

China Southern Airlines: Baggage Allowance and Fees

China Southern Airlines: Carry-on Bags

  • Business class, Premium economy, and Economy class passengers are each entitled to 1 carry-on item
  • First class passengers may carry on two bags
  • Passengers’ carry-on bags may weigh no more than 11 pounds (5 kgs)

China Southern Airlines: Checked Bags

  • Checked bags may not have total dimensions greater than 62 inches (115 cm)
  • When flights to/from the US are involved, no bag may weigh more than 90 pounds. When no flights to/from US are part of your itinerary, no bag may weigh more than 70 pounds.
  • Bags may only be checked the day of your flight.

China Southern Airlines: Service On Board: In-flight Entertainment and Meals

In-flight entertainment

  • China Southern Airlines provides in-flight entertainment in the form of video, audio, magazines and newspapers.
  • Onboard movies are updated every three months.
  • You may use laptops and CD players once the plane has reached its cruising altitude.

Meals and snacks

  • Food and beverages are supplied to passengers at no additional charge. The selection depends on the distance and the route, with a greater selection for international flights.
  • Cuisine is both Chinese and Western to accommodate different tastes
  • If your diet has special needs or you want to order a meal for a child, contact China Southern Airlines at least 24 hours before your flight.

China Southern Airlines: Child Fares/Fees, Minor Service guidelines

Infants must be at least two weeks old to fly on China Southern Airlines

  • Infants traveling on laps are usually charged 10% of the adult fare and are allowed 22 pounds of baggage
  • A collapsible stroller or a carrycot is permitted per infant in the cabin as long as there is space
  • China Southern Airlines does not permit a child to occupy a car seat or a stroller during flights but free cradles are available on many flights for infants without seats. Contact China Southern Airlines at least 24 hours before your flight to arrange this service. 

Fares for child passengers are usually less than fares for adult passengers

Unaccompanied minors are passengers aged five up unto the twelfth birthday who are not traveling with someone 18 or older.

  • Application for unaccompanied minor service must be done at a China Southern Airlines business office in the place of departure. You will need identification documents for yourself, the child, and proof of relationship.
  • Unaccompanied minor service charges depend on the route and whether or not your child needs to be accompanied on the plane as well.
  • China Southern Airlines has special procedures to take care of unaccompanied minors in case their flights are delayed or canceled.

China Southern Airlines: Pet Policy

In all cases:

  • Contact China Southern Airlines at least 72 hours before your flight to reserve accommodation for your pet.
  • Different flights use different aircraft and some may have limitations.
  • Pets and their containers are not considered part of the complimentary baggage allowance but will incur additional charges.
  • You will need to have all appropriate certificates – health, rabies – appropriate for your journey.
  • Pets and service animals are not permitted on journeys involving connecting flights.
  • Animals must be healthy and not pregnant.

China Southern Airlines: Pets in the Cabin

  • Dogs, cats, birds and some other pets may be permitted in the cabin as long as their containers fit under the seat
  • Snub-nosed breeds of dogs and cats are not permitted as they may have trouble breathing during the flight. Examples of dogs include, but are not limited to, boxers, bulldogs, Pekingese and pitbulls.  Examples of snub-nosed cats include, but are not limited to, Burmese, Himalayan and Persian cats.
  • Aggressive breeds of dogs are not permitted
  • Animals too small, such as mice, or animals considered offensive, such as snakes, are not permitted.

China Southern Airlines: Pets in Checked Luggage

  • Containers must be sufficiently sturdy and locked.
  • If you are checking your pet, you must do this at least 90 minutes before departure time.
  • Containers must be between a minimum 2 x 6 x 8 inches to a maximum of 15.7 x 24 x 39 inches, and may not weigh more than 70 pounds with the animal inside.

China Southern Airlines: Service animals (dogs)

  • If a service dog is being checked as luggage, it must meet the same requirements as other animals being checked.
  • If a service dog is being taken into the cabin with a passenger who is visually or hearing impaired, it must be on a leash and muzzled before boarding.
  • Service dogs are transported free of charge.

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