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Average price round-trip

$717(avg. price over the last 2 weeks)

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$429or less

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$272or less

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Top 5 airlines serving California to Kunming Changshui

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7.1
Air Canada
Overall score based on 24,806 reviews
7.3
Boarding
7.0
Comfort
7.7
Crew
6.9
Entertainment
6.5
Food
Airline reviews

Cons: "2,5 hours delayed. Econ seats are tiny with zero legroom."

Pros: "Not much, plane was full and felt like a sardine even after paying extra for more room"
Cons: "Air Canada is trying to grab every nickel it can wring out of flyers"

Pros: "Took a red eye, so slept most of the way. Crew was super chill and let me sleep the whole way. Minor turbulence, but the captain made announcements and made sure everyone felt at ease. Quick to unload passengers once we arrived at the gate. Didn't use the in-flight entertainment but there was a cool and updated map feature that was much better and more high-tech than previous AC flights I have taken. Also enjoyed how the cabin door separated economy from business class, so we didn't have to wait for the entire front of the plane to unload from the same door."
Cons: "Baggage claim took FOREVER. Air Canada needs to work on this. Waited over 1 hour."

Pros: "Ease of flying right from and to home"

Cons: "Lack of food choices!"

Pros: "Windows"
Cons: "Mostly everything"

Cons: "Plane delayed 1 hour and a half. No compensation."

Pros: "Nothing"
Cons: "The customer service was disgraceful. Air Canada has set the bar very, very low."

Pros: "Great service"
Cons: "Nothing"

Cons: "Zone 5 boarding even after I had pre checked in online."

Pros: "Friendly staff. Clean plane."

Pros: "That they give you ear phones"
Cons: "Delay 1 hour"

Pros: "2 of the 3 flight attendants were pleasant. The third, male, I didn't find very helpful, especially when storing my carry on in the overhead compartment."
Cons: "The male flight attendant's customer service skills could use some work. When I booked this flight on Kayak, one price was listed but when paying there was an additional cost for the seat and I wasn't given the option of paying for a less expensive seat."

Pros: "good services ."

Cons: "evry thimg on time"

Cons: "Didn't like the fact that food was not included in the airfare on a long flight (I think it was over 5 hours). This inconsistency between airline policies is very annoying - you never know if you can take food on-board, if you should take food along or how much you should expect to be ripped off at the terminal/on-flight. The entertainment unit stalled the entire time. Oh, and boarding... it's very odd to check-in at the domestic terminal at LAX for an international flight and I don't recall seeing any message in my email/SMS regarding this. So taxi dropped me off at the Tom Bradley International Terminal at LAX and then I had to run over 4 terminals to get the Air Canada. A precaution about this would be nice."

Cons: "No TV"

Cons: "We had a 5 hour delayed flight. We received no notification that our flight would be delayed so we were stuck waiting on the airport for 5 hours, which forced us to cancel evening plans with friends that night because the flight landed in Vancouver at 3am the next morning and we didn't get to our Airbnb until around 4-5am. The crew seemed disorganized."

Cons: "Arrived 1 hr 15 min late."

Cons: "Baggage hasn't arrived after 45 minutes"

Cons: "My experience with red-eye flights is that the lights go off, the crew disappears and everyone tries desperately to get some sleep. Not so with these guys - lights on and crew regularly pushing the drinks cart down the aisle. And a lack of free snacks as well (not even pretzels??)."

Pros: "The comfort was much better than I expected from an airbus a320 and even though the in seat system was slow it was nice that there was option on a short regional flight."
Cons: "It would be nice if there was at least a snack boarding was a little chaotic. They should use the PA system."

Pros: "Email notifications for checking in and delayed"
Cons: "The flight was delayed. Not enough space for over head compartment."

Pros: "Nothing"
Cons: "No food on a 5 hour flight. Carina the flight attendant was the biggest rudest bitchiest women my friend, the people around us and myself have ever met. Never again!!!!!!!!!!!"

Cons: "The landing"

Pros: "We were already delayed by alot"

Pros: "Absolutely nothing."
Cons: "1. Boarding arrangement was very poor. 2. No zone number on our boarding passes. Although we were seated in seats 22,23, we were automatically pushed to zone 5 and forced to board last. 3. My wife and I were assigned two middle seats in two separate rows. 4. We were forced to check in our cabin baggage saying that there was lack of overhead space, but when we boarded among last passengers, there were a number of empty overhead bins. We could easily have saved 45 minutes in Toronto airport without having to wait for our bags."

Pros: "The entertainment options were free"
Cons: "The flight was delayed, boarding was a mess. We waited around and took a bus to a small area. Upon boarding the flight attendant slammed a overhead container door on my head, the flight landed late and the bags took an hour to come out. Overall a negative experience for us. We expected this out of westjet."

Pros: "Quick fast and no bother"
Cons: "Nothing at all."

Cons: "-"

Cons: "Delayed as usual for AC"

Pros: "Grear"

Cons: "Lavatories didn't flash properly. No tap water"

Pros: "None I like"
Cons: "Crew - no one onboard seemed happy, didn't see anyone smile at all, not a happy place. Food - tasteless, for the only meal they offered transatlantic flight was total thumbs down."

Pros: "Movies"
Cons: "It is unacceptable for a big airline company not to include any complimentary meal for a five hour flight. Even low coast companies include the meals. First time I see that."

Pros: "Yes, I like it"
Cons: "We could not book for large group, so we have to separate"

Pros: "Modern plane, space, good service"
Cons: "The pasta was not good and the piece of sugary bread for breakfast was also not good."

Pros: "It was a safe landing"
Cons: "The flight was late The movies are not current There wasn't even a bag of peanuts Basically no service from the flight attendents"

Pros: "It was average with everything."

Pros: "Smiley and kind crew. Smooth take off and landing in both ways. Clean and organized craft. Being on time. Could not be better. Thank you Air Canada"
Cons: "I am disappointed that all air lines cut the meals"

Pros: "Great!"
Cons: "Breat"

Cons: "Child behind me kicking seat entire time!!!"

Pros: "Everything"

Pros: "service staff were nice"
Cons: "didn't like that bags cost USD25 extra. USD10 should be the cost."

Pros: "It was good!"

Pros: "I got a larger than normal seat,"
Cons: "The idiots lost my luggage, and it took two full days and about 20 phone calls to get it back."

Cons: "the egg sandwich had a really bad sauce on it."

Pros: "Never flown "air canada", was a bit apprehensive. But I was very much happy & pleasantly surprised!"

Pros: "On time"
Cons: "Food , uncomfortable ,"

Pros: "Easy boarding. Pleasant crew. Airport staff helpful and assigned preferred seat type."
Cons: "Unable to checking online. Airline telephone customer service could not resolve. Had to checking at airport."

Pros: "The crew was nice as always."
Cons: "The leg space was way too small compared to other airlines at the same rate."

Cons: "The seats of A380 CAN-LAX flights were little cramped."

Pros: "Amazing service"
Cons: "The comfort of the seats and size"

Cons: "Every thing perfect, I’m so happy with the service."

Cons: "Plane Seating space is so crowded & leg room space too small"

Pros: "They were good."
Cons: "Better English language and Better professional training."

Cons: "Food"

Pros: "Food was good."
Cons: "The seats were too narrow."

Pros: "I always sit in the upper deck of the A380. The 80 tourist class seats are much better than the configuration on other planes. The service is great and personalized. CS's food always amazes me with its quality."
Cons: "Like every other commercial airliner, the seats are not large enough and don't recline enough. It's not about the leg room, it's about the shoulder and hip room."

Pros: "The flight attendants were attentive.. food was ok.."
Cons: "Lost my luggage"

Pros: "Quick"
Cons: "Okay"

Pros: "It was clean and they provided a warm meal"
Cons: "Taking a bus to the aircraft"

Cons: "Ko"

Pros: "The crew was very helpful and kind despite not having much to offer the economy customers."
Cons: "There was no way to charge a phone or electronic device. I had set up my phone with hours of movies and tv shows that I could watch on the plane. I thought that this was truly unacceptable to not have the option to charge a device for a 15 hour flight. There was an in-flight entertainment system, however my sound did not work so I could not listen to anything and there was not options for english subtitles. There were also no current movies or shows available. I was very disappointed in the options for entertainment on such a long flight. I am only 5'4 and I found my knees hitting the seat in front of me when they were reclined which was a majority of the fight. It was very uncomfortable. Food and drink service was far and few between, I hate bothering them for water but there was enough available or disseminated throughout the flight. and Not sure if it was the food, the turbulence or a combination of both, but many people were nauseous and vomiting on the plane. There were not bags readily available for those people to vomit in and the back of the plane and lavatories ended up being out of service due to uncleanliness."

Cons: "Seat uncomfortable. Limited service btw meals. Some offers of water needed"

Pros: "Everything is ok"

Cons: "See above"

Cons: "Food"

Pros: "The space"
Cons: "Time"

Cons: "I still don’t have my luggage and I’m coming home. Awful"

Pros: "Love that everything is included. Food, drinks and entertainment. The crew were great and nothing was too much trouble."
Cons: "Boarding of the A380 was ridiculous. We were lined up well ahead of boarding, then moved to another line, then moved again. Once we were lined up we had to stop and start, other people were pushed to the front again and again. This could have been solved by leaving one lane free for people sitting upstairs, or 'preferred' fliers. Instead everyone was pushed back and had to wait. I've never seen an aeroplane boarded so badly and we ended up being some of the last people on the plane. Badly organised and just plain awful."

Pros: "Plenty of legroom at emergency exit aile without extra charge"

Pros: "The crew was friendly and the entertainment was plentiful. I had a coach window seat and was able to sleep for a solid 7 hours or so without being uncomfortable."
Cons: "They ran out of wine and didn't have any snack option available (even for purchase) between the two meals that were served. The food was bad the portions were small for a 16 hour flight."

Cons: "1).I requested VEGAN-VEGETARIAN FOOD. No Food was without Fish, shrimp, salmon.My wife and I stayed without food. 2). My wife and I requested for WHEEL CHAIR. No wheel chair was provided to us. 3) The Stewards were very poor in English conversation, and it was a very uncomfortable feeling of talking to people who are staring at you as if you are from a different planet."

Pros: "The flight was calm, though that's at the mercy of weather but taking off and landing was very smooth for a big Airbus. Easy to board ans staffs were great and courteous."
Cons: "The food wasn't bad but not on par with other airlines. But not bad."

Pros: "Nothing"
Cons: "I tried to change my reservation because of a medical issue . I was not able to make the change . Because of discrimination towards non chienese . I had to purchase a new ticket ."

Pros: "No frills solid business with excellent price and flexibility. Have flow thisxairlin multiple times without glitches. Lounges are simple and comfortable. There were no vegetarian snacks."
Cons: "Lounges a bit sparse and.no vegetarian snacks."

Pros: "That I was able to watch movies and the flight wasn't full."
Cons: "Had to be transported to board the plane. It was delayed for an hour."

Pros: "Take off, landing, food"
Cons: "Can't use cellphone"

Pros: "Excellent service"
Cons: "No sweetener on flight"

Pros: "On time"
Cons: "None"

Pros: "the serivice during the trip"

Pros: "The only good part was the boarding"
Cons: "One the headphone jack didnt work. The seats are very small. When people left the bathrooms the door woud not close all the way so we got to smell lovely stuff the whole flight unless we got up and closed the door ourself."

Pros: "Puntuality"

Pros: "Confort and ubeatable entertainment selection. The menú should be updated. Staff was a bit absent through out the flight."

Pros: "I would say it was excellent, except for the food which is kind of not the great, but with the airfare rate, i could no longer complain. I would recommend it to my friends."

Cons: "Not much to add, that was already said. The sits were mostly hard board, very uncomfortable on such a long flight. The food , ha, definitely, unacceptable. And the morning meal, was given too short a time to eat it. Bad for one's digestion. Very hard if not impossible to reach them for check-in, either via web, not phone. Left only to the counter check-in and hope for the best, as specially, when you have more then one travelling."

Cons: "We couldn't land in Kunming so we arrived with 6.5 hours delay"

Pros: "Big new plane (A380)"
Cons: "Mainland Chinese have a VERY different concept of personal space and respect for others when compared to Westerners. This is evidenced by the manner in which the restrooms were used (disgusting after 1 hour of a 14 hr. flight) AND how they literally "attack" the food / beverages. Obviously it is a Chinese airline so best to accept this behavior and deal with it! You have been warned!"

Pros: "The plane was always on time and the crew was always ready to help. The food was also good."

Pros: "We had to be rushed from one terminal to an other. The airport seems scattered."
Cons: "Read above..."

Cons: "Seats were very uncomfortable."

Pros: "the plane landed safely."
Cons: "nothing"

Pros: "Fast check in Courtesy of staff Helpfulness of staff"
Cons: "Long walks through terminals ."

Pros: "Business class sleeping arrangements were good."
Cons: "Very light on choices in entertainment especially movies."

Pros: "Worst"
Cons: "Worst"

Pros: "Everyone is very helpful."

Cons: "There was no WiFi offered. This really needs to change"

Pros: "on time , aircraft,"
Cons: "food,"

Cons: "The paid food choices are rather odd."

Cons: "The boarding process"

Pros: ":)"
Cons: ":("

Cons: "Not enough room"

Pros: "Flight departed on time. Good seat pitch in economy. Food and beverages included and tasted good surprisingly. Crew were helpful and efficient. Plenty of entertainment options for film, TV and music."
Cons: "Do not like the process of boarding by group number. Another way of squeezing money out of the consumer. Also causes chaos when trying to board. Seats too narrow in economy especially if your broad shouldered."

Pros: "Everything"
Cons: "Cleaner lavatories"

Pros: "That the flight wasn't any longer than it was"
Cons: "A bit hot n stuffy"

Cons: "Another airport would be better, no extra charges for bags would be even better!"

Pros: "Better staff"
Cons: "Still terrible"

Cons: "Overall good thanks"

Pros: "Nothing"
Cons: "I missed my sister graduating because of avianca"

Pros: "Boarding, service, staff attitudes, on time and deplaning"

Cons: "Staff kinda rude"

Cons: "The WiFi was out"

Pros: "Stewart eas helpful"
Cons: "Nonentertainment. Sears are narrow"

Cons: "So uncomfortable."

Pros: "SFO-SYD was great. My luggage was left behind in SYD when I landed QZN!!! Not amused!"
Cons: "Them losing my luggage!"

Cons: "CAs of UA were not kind as usual. It was UA, so I didn't expect nice service from first."

Pros: "Arrived a little early!"
Cons: "7/8 size Brazilian airplane."

Pros: "None"
Cons: "The food was so poor I never had such a tasteless food"

Pros: "See above. The same applies."
Cons: "See above. The same applies."

Pros: "nothing"

Pros: "Good staff"
Cons: "Internet rate is ridiculous...15 / hr and goes up from there"

Pros: "The Boeing 787 plane was very nice. The window shading control is unique!"
Cons: "Thanks United for keeping my diet in check."

Pros: "On time , and good service"
Cons: "Na"

Pros: "Crewq"

Pros: "Staff was nice!"
Cons: "I didn't like the luggage restrictions associated with our tickets."

Cons: "WiFi for $39.99, used to be $19.99 before."

Pros: "Nothing"

Pros: "Polaris"
Cons: "Nothing"

Cons: "NO INTERNET!!!"

Pros: "Everything was great all around"

Pros: "The services"

Pros: "Arriving alive"
Cons: "Comfort, accessible media, cost"

Pros: "Nothing delay"
Cons: "Mahor delay and tarmac issue refund immideate"

Pros: "We didn't crash?"
Cons: "After much concerns and inquiries made bag did NOT make the plane! There is as no one to h love me to n white Planes for 45 minutes! No one at the counter? Wow! Finally supervisor Jill was able to track it down in Chicago where th y took it off the he plane as my carry on because they had no room l ft from the h limited space. After working very hard to get my bag of o White Plains that evening, supervisor Jill hung out an hour past her shift ended to get it on the last transport to my hotel. The transport blew herself by ft and never showed up or called the o say he wasn't coming back! I got my bag on he next morning just in tim for my event! I also was not credited my frequent flyer miles. Some glitch in the system. Overall I must rate my experience as a one star simply because the pilots got us there safely."

Pros: "Comfortable."

Cons: "On board service!!!!!"

Pros: "No charging docks on plane as military duffle bag open with clothing hanging out on arrival ~ not sure if anything stolen but the threat is very real and it's unacceptable for military bags to be delivered in that manner"

Cons: "Long delay in San Francisco"

Pros: "okay"
Cons: "okay because it was short"

Pros: "The stewardess miss polanxo was great"

Cons: "My itinerary had to completely change."

Pros: "Movies were ok."
Cons: "Openly rude, almost argumentative staff. I was afraid to talk back because the last thing I want is any accusation of bad behavior on an airplane. But if this were a restaurant, the customers would get up and leave without eating. I've never had this experience on China Airlines or Japan Air. I will never use UA again."

Cons: "Seat could not recline, voucher was only a small fraction of the ticket fare that I paid. This is a business class seat."

Pros: "Nothing"
Cons: "Everything"

Cons: "Over a hour late leaving San Francisco"

Cons: "Delayed departure, changed gate."

Pros: "My overall experience was excellent except for your new food policy. Meals should included! I am handicapped and asked for help boarding and getting to flights! I was helped by your caring and very curtitious staff! Thank you for your help."

Cons: "United lost one of our baggage"

Pros: "There was a good amount of leg room for an economy seat"
Cons: "I wish there was a bigger movie selection"

Pros: "The crew are amazing"

Pros: "Attentive crews, food on board - Food on board provides couple of choices of mainly Chinese food. I don't claim it to be extraordinary but it is far better than most of food other airlines provides in the economy class."
Cons: "Lavatory needs a bit more amenities, e.g. hand soaps, etc."

Pros: "The crew attention to the customer is top notch. I traveled with China Southern, Delta and Virgin Atlantic but by far Xiamen Air out performed them all."
Cons: "The occasion freezing of the entertainment system must be addressed. I did inform the crew and they did try their best to resolve the issue without success."

Pros: "Comfy seat"
Cons: "Less salt in the food"

Pros: "attentive and polite flight attendants"

Pros: "Crew was very nice and I was happy to get emergency exit row window seat to make the the long flight more comfortable."
Cons: "The food could have definitely been better too many shrimp and fish options even in the morning for breakfast. I was happy there has been a pasta served for dinner otherwise I wouldn’t have eaten the entire flight! Shrimp for breakfast isn’t an option for American folk and the movie selection"

Pros: "Great airplane (787 Dreamliner), comfortable seats, lots of meals, free beer and wine. Great ticket price!"
Cons: "The cabin crew did not really understand english. When I asked something, it was clear that they didn't understand. I had to claim my checked bag and recheck it at every flight segment. No ability to select seats unless it was more than 72 hours before departure."

Pros: "Great airplane (787 Dreamliner), comfortable seats, lots of meals, no charge for beer & wine"
Cons: "IMO, the flight attendants should understand better english. It was clear they didn't understand much. I had to claim checked bags and recheck every flight segment. No abilty to reserve seats unless it was more than 72 hours before departing!"

Pros: "The check in boarding pass is not that nice."
Cons: "The boarding pass people need to improve, especially to elderly people."

Pros: "Crew was friendly"
Cons: "To many transfers"

Pros: "No real problems"
Cons: "Nothing significant"

Pros: "Upgraded to business class for free and service was amazing."

Cons: "got severe food poisoning from the airline food."

Pros: "Almost nothing, this was a terrible flight and experience! The movies were good, that's about it."
Cons: "No online check-in, long waiting at in-person check-in. Rude, inattentive personnel; worst is that every passenger in transit need to go through customs in Xiamen which is terribly complicated. No word about this upon booking or on Xiamen airline's website. Customs in China isn't a nice experience either. Nobody was able to find the right way for check-in, it was a mess. I will never fly again Xiamen Airlines and I recommend to everyone to avoid this airline under any circumstances."

Pros: "I paid $14.95 to have a seat selection before departure however, my seat was given is in the middle not the roadside seat I prefer either karak to refund all seat selection charges."
Cons: "I paid $14.95 to have a seat selection before departure however, my seat was given is in the middle not the roadside seat I prefer either karak to refund all seat selection charges."

Pros: "food and service"

Cons: "The flight left before we get there. I had to book a train ticket to my final destination because I have to be in Fuzhou that day. I was told by the airline that I would be reimbursed the air fare from Xiamen to Fuzhou."

Pros: "The flight was fine"

Pros: "Nothing"
Cons: "Had to process in and out of immigration then back into airport No transit area"

Pros: "Nothing"
Cons: "Everything"

Pros: "I liked playing tetris and pacman with a controller that was like that of a console. My flight had a lot of empty seats, and I noticed they staggered the seating so that there was nobody in front of me or behind me. Flight crew was genuinely nice and helpful even though we didn't speak the same language. The little cup holder was actually pretty cool. There even seemed to be ample leg room compared to other Chinese international flights I've been on. I've flown previously with china southern and China eastern, so that is my basis for comparison."
Cons: "They didn't give me boarding passes for both flights (had a long layover in china). Other airlines printed both at the start of trip. This added quite a bit of confusion for me, seemingly unnecessarily. Also, I'm a bit disappointed in their free hotel room deal for long layovers. When I had a long layover previously with either china southern or china easter (can't remember which one), I got my own free hotel room, a free meal, and a free ride to and from the hotel. That was a real perk for my 12 hour layover. The deal with xiaman is you get a free hotel room, but you have to share it with a stranger of the same gender, and you have to pay for taxi to and from the hotel. Although you do supposedly get a free meal, I chose not to take them up on the hotel offer. Instead I took them up on their transfers lounge. This is a dark, quiet room full of dingy, dirty padded chairs and people sprawled out and snoring. I would have stayed more than 15 minutes if there were more phone charging plugs, but instead I went and ate mcdonalds and found a plug in at the kfc. Aside from all that, I would suggest getting some better Hollywood movies to choose from, as xiamen's competition has them beat there as well, in my opinion."

Pros: "None"
Cons: "I didn’t realize that Chinese transit visa is needed to transfer at Xiamen airport. When I bought the tickets, I wasn’t notified nor advised to get the Chinese visa. The Xiamen rep at Lax didn’t let me board first and I explained and they gave me the visa waiver paperwork. It was so much of hassle. I’ve laid over many Chinese cities via different airlines and never had any problems. Will not fly again on Xiamen!!"

Pros: "Finally getting a flight the next day"
Cons: "My seat was given to someone even though I still had time to make the connection."

Pros: "Flew business class. Cabin crew was some of the most attentive I have experienced. Food was very good and nicely presented. Pillows could be better, but had two. Same with blankets. One thick and puffy, the other lighter. Nice for temperature regulation."
Cons: "First leg lax - Tao delayed almost 3 hours. Fortunately the 2nd leg was delayed 1.5 hours. 3rd leg on this itinerary was also delayed, I could have made the flight, but they gave my seat away. It was a bit of a Charlie Foxtrot rearranging flights and overnighting Hotel. 2.5 hours. A supervisor was needed to sort it all out. We will see if the above was bad circumstances or not. I run the same itinerary in reverse on the way home in a week."

Pros: "Clean plane"
Cons: "Still a little more leg room but not as much as on the 787. Had to ask twice to get a Thai immigration form and the crew took an above average amout of time to pickup after the meals were finished."

Pros: "New and very clean airplane. Appears to be an inch or two more room between the seats on the 787 to and from China. Good boarding procedure."
Cons: "The actual flights were ok. The experience at the airports was the reason for the below average rating. They are not set up to handle transit passengers. The signage in English is poor or nonexistant. The overall level of English for the airport staff is very poor. One goes upstsirs/downstairs nunerous times. Because the second portion of WF858 is domestic flight, the passenger needs to exit the terminal and re-enter as an international passenger. Numerous security and passport lines. I found the movie selection to be poor with few non-violent movies available. Will not fly this route again."

Pros: "Clean plane. Left on time. Better than average legroom."
Cons: "Movie selection was virtually all violent related. Nothing the airline can do about the numerous Security checks passing through this Airport."

Pros: "Nothing. never boarded. Took the train instead."
Cons: "1 hour connection. I missed my flight because the flight out of LAX got delayed."

Cons: "wrong food?"

Pros: "Complimentary wifi and excellent crew service"
Cons: "The econ seat is too low, when front seater tilted the seat backward, the screen is right in front of my face. Entertainment video screen doesn’t adjust; in other words, it cannot be adjust in angle, causing neck pain over time. Meals are average, definitely different from the quality compared to regional or domestic equivalent. Very sad, considering that Xiamen Air has a good reputation inside China. The restroom is also poorly stocked — no toilet roll constantly"

Pros: "I liked the price of the trip and free hotel for long transit time."
Cons: "Early arrival in Xiamen (5am) nothing open and no way to exchange money for taxi or food. Eventually found ATM that solved that problem. Wasn't dressed for or expecting the cold weather. Communications were a problem."

Pros: "Friendly and eager to serve crew"
Cons: "Lack of variety on food choices"

Cons: "Nobody helped me switch my flight around, I hate you."

Pros: "I like the price but best of all the service and the attention given to us by all staff members."
Cons: "Everything was great!"

Pros: "entertainment choices were good"

Pros: "Even though the flight was short, a simple meal was served and it tasted great. It was around dinner time but I wasn't expecting a meal. The flight crew was friendly and professional also."
Cons: "The flight landed at an outlying terminal and we had to be bussed to the main terminal. Just a little inconvenience."

Pros: "Good was pretty good, with snack sandwich between meals. Drinks were offered often."
Cons: "The flight was delayed by 40 minutes."

Pros: "Nothing"
Cons: "I couldn't fly because they said there was NO TRANSIT lounge in the airport and I didn't have a VISA to enter China? Who ever heard of a visa for transit?! My destination was Singapore! I am told I have to get a transit visa in order to return home and for me and my son 350!! For 2 hours transit in an airport??? This is NOT a world class airlines, they make their own rules. I will buy another ticket!!"

Pros: "Nice and friendly. Chinese is always spoken first then followed by English. Pillow and blanket provided."
Cons: "Window seat on a 14 hour flight has its pros and cons. Little more room vs having to wake people up to get up and walk or go to bathroom."

Pros: "The food was good and staff was friendly"
Cons: "Uncomfortable"

Pros: "no regards for customers"
Cons: "no regards for customers"

Pros: "I really liked the space in Business and the priority boardings in Asia. Worth every penny. Food was great. A lil slow on serving alcohol though. Very relaxing trip."
Cons: "Not much. Liked I mentioned, slow on serving the alcohol. You have to push to get a drink."

Pros: "Crew was super friendly, professional and excellent!"
Cons: "The 10 hour layover :("

Cons: "The flight was delayed due to air traffic control. Subsequently I missed my connecting flight -- Xiamen to Manila that evening and had to spend another night in China. Next flight out of Xiamen was 6pm, Nov 2. Xiamen ground staff was very helpful in booking me the option to fly China Southern to Guangzhou the night of Nov 1, stay for free in a hotel, and then take the 0835 morning China Southern flight from Guangzhou to Manila. It was difficult to identify the right people to speak with and get clear assistance and direction in both Xiamen and Guangzhou."

Cons: "Xiamen airlines are horrible I will never fly them again. Phillipines airline was excellent"

Pros: "Crew was friendly."
Cons: "couldn't book through from Shenzhen yp Guilin. Had to check-in again at Fuzhou and go through security again."

Pros: "Flight Attendants were nice a professional Seats comfortable Meal size was quite large for economy Domestic"
Cons: "Check In Agent said my ticket was incorrect? Had to go to about three different desks with very limited English. Had a baggage overage that I was happy to pay for but would have had to go to another desk to pay. Would have missed my flight. Hand carried 8 pieces of dry cleaning through the Airport. Not customer saavy or friendly."

Pros: "787 Dreamliner's hardscape was new and clean. IFE was decent but had some anomalies (can't take off of pause unless you shut off screen, select same movie and resume). Food was fairly decent and plentiful. Think a cheap chinese diner & you've got it."
Cons: "Crew was efficient but can't speak Englsh worth a nickel! While I have a limited ability in Mandarin (think 5yo vocab), the announcements in Engrish was almost as bad as some of the translations in many Chinese products. I pity the people who can't understand ANY Chinese: they could not possibly get most of the announcements. They should really get at least 1 FA that can speak and understand English. The signage in Xiamen (I was transiting from LAX to TPE) was amazingly poor and confusing. You basically stumble from 1 floor to another based on the signage. The airport was actually very large for what appears to be a medium size city."

Pros: "I love the fact that the program that launches the flight were pretty new, but the fact is; everything run like a well oiled machine. From customer service to departure everything went smoothly. Since the flight was brand new not a lot of people knew about they're great deal. I bought a one way ticket to xiamen because I will be working a school teacher. I didn't realized til later on that it's possible for someone with a z visa to receive an extra 23kg check in baggage for free. I contacted the customer service who replied within a day and everything was fixed. Now, I've been travelling a good amount to China and US, so far the food that are good is xiamen airlines. It's healthy, not greasy, and my stomach didn't hurt."
Cons: "For now ? Nothing. It's my first time riding this airline and I would definitely pick this than China southern or eastern airlines. I have been disappointed with them too many times.... food suck, cramped leg space, and an overabundance of delayed and cancelled flights. Need improvement: it would be nice if the flight attendant don't assume every Asian is Chinese. Over and over the flight attendants would suggest food options, snacks, and drinks in chinese. I understand this won't be the first nor would it be the last that someone would mistaken me as a native Chinese speaker. Overall, the whole experience was amazing!"

Pros: "No , blankets ."
Cons: "Cleaner restrooms, blankets and verbal offers"

Pros: "The crew was very helpful. Entertainment had a good variety."
Cons: "The second leg of the flight from Shanghai to Bangkok felt like sitting on wooden chairs. Picking the type of food and not end up with allergy inducing food didn't seem like an option."

Pros: "The price was cheap... That was all that was good with the flight. But after that experience, I will never fly with the airline again."
Cons: "Almost everything could have been better"

Cons: "There is no baggage transfer for international connecting flight. No hotel is provided from the airlines for international travelers, transit time is 12hours"

Pros: "Business class pod was excellent. Free WiFi"
Cons: "I could only use WiFi on one device. So choose preferred smartphone or tablet ahead of time."

Cons: "No WiFi at all"

Pros: "The crew was very friendly, the plane was clean, the food was ok. The portions were great but the food selection was very ethnic and not neutral. The set was not y’all friendly. Couldn’t sleep all 14 hrs."
Cons: "Seat tailored to accommodate a taller customer. 6.2 Nanjing Airport was terrible (customs) more Shanghai connection."

Pros: "The food was delicious and of high quality. I enjoyed the entertainment selection. I flew business class. The flight attendants were excellent and gracious. I would fly China Eastern Airlines again."
Cons: "Passengers making a connecting flight to Bangkok (BKK) at Nanjing (NKG) were gathered together, escorted through customs, to baggage claim, to the ticketing counter, and back through customs. One of the passenger had to call out each person from their passport. The process took 2 1/2 hours."

Cons: "OK for the price"

Cons: "I am stranded in Bangkok because the Flight you put me on violated China visa requirements. And I CANNOT get a hold of ANYONE to resolve issue."

Pros: "Loads of space. Super crew,"
Cons: "Nothing. It was perfect."

Pros: "Price is cheap"

Pros: "The flight was fairly smooth. There was a good selection of movies."
Cons: "Coming off the plane in Nanjing was frustrating as they were totally unorganized and the plane was delayed because of this. We had to go through customs and recheck everything. We then went back on the same plane to the same seat. Kinda confusing but all in all it was okay."

Pros: "Friendly Service, Outstanding Meals, Business Class Comfort,"

Pros: "Everything was great for the Price Free Wifi Vegan Food Option"
Cons: "Blankets from Shanghai to Delhi could be little more better Apart from it all good"

Pros: "Seats were very comfortable and the crew was very kind!"
Cons: "N/A"

Cons: "almost no recline for a 15h flight! could not lift side arm rest."

Pros: "Comfortable seats, good food, good entertainment, nice staff"
Cons: "Shanghai airport, but not the airline's fault"

Cons: "Worst airline I ever flew on"

Pros: "Cheap ticket fair Crew somewhat friendly despite extremely limited language skills So many empty seats( you will find why below) despite Chinese festival. Boarding to aircraft easy, especially child friendly at SFO. SFO staff quite friendly, at least ours."
Cons: "Overall comment: It’s supposed to be international flight but I and my family, all US CITIZENS had to check in at SFO in the beginning where the staff was very helpful n did her best n told me that I would have to claim baggage one time in China. We had to claim baggages at Qingdao n drag to find hotel with one security guard’s broken English helping me for directions to potential hotels- no help at all otherwise. In the morning, we checked in with all baggages at Qingdao but they refused to do it all the way to KTM. Very very rude n unfriendly staffs. At Kunming, we dragged all baggages with our tired kids n checked in for the third time in one outbound flight n almost had to go through baggage check for lithium battery with the fact that it was the same baggage passing security in SFO then Qingdao and having no lithium inside. It followed a very very painful scrutiny n security which involved my 10 year old, a lot part of which seemed inexperienced n unnecessary. They took my daughters portable charger simply because it was wrapped with fancy tape"

Pros: "Still here in China! It was terrible! I will never do this flight again! My flight was delayed way n accommodations was not accommodating."
Cons: "Getting stuck in Nanjing!"

Pros: "The crew was great and really helpful if you needed something. Language barrier is always hard, but they really do try and help the best they can. Seats in economy do recline quite a bit which was awesome! Inflight entertainment offered, and you can use your phone on airplane mode but cannot have headphones in during takeoff or landing. Offered a lot of food during meals but limited options for vegetarians or allergies."
Cons: "Not able to use headphones or charging cord during takeoff or landing. Super strange to me even as a previous flight attendant."

Pros: "The plane was delayed both at LAX and at Pu Dong, but still arrived on time so I didn't miss my car sevice. Kelly, if you read this, it was a pleasure flying with you!"

Cons: "I was not able to board the flight in Laos. I had a visa for Shanghai which was my final destination but the airline would not let me fly through Kunming without a transit visa. The staff was very rude and would not listen to me. They just kept saying I could not board the flight. They would not help me to change or re-book a flight and was fine to leave me stranded in Laos. The airport did not have wifi or any resources. I had to please to pay a kiosk to use their wifi so that I could rebook my flight through another transit province. It was a horrible experience and left me out a few hundred dollars."

Pros: "only about 20 people on economy in our section"

Pros: "Nothing"
Cons: "Everything"

Pros: "Can’t think of a thing !"
Cons: "Entertainment sound system is bad, must be bad quality headphone. Toilet is not enough for eco class, crew also hardly try to keep them clean and fresh."

Pros: "Price"
Cons: "Improved English?"

Pros: "Crew is exceptionally nice and friendly!"
Cons: "The snacks and food offered are terrible. Cabins are dry and uncomfortable (not pressurized enough)."

Pros: "After fighting over and over during rebooking process, we got a direct flight from Shenzhen to Lijiang with a different airline"
Cons: "We booked the flight from Shenzhen to Lijiang with stopover in Kunming. They cancelled the flight from Kunming to Lijiang and suggested us to stop in Kunming, refund us the rest, suggested us to either stay in Kunming or take a train or do whatever to get to our destination. That’s ridiculous, we can’t just change our travel plan or take a 10 hours train."

Pros: "Pro tip: sleep the whole flight I’d recommend the window seat just so you can lean your pillow against it to sleep on, it’s pretty comfortable. Just take small sips of water throughout the flight to keep yourself hydrated but not too much that you have to pee often. The crew was nice and there was a good selection of games and movies if you couldn’t sleep."
Cons: "Took an hour longer for the plane to take off. Please love yourself and bring your own earbuds. The ones that they supply are literally useless, it’s impossible to hear anything clearly on them. The fish and rice,,,,,,is not poppin."

Cons: "We can’t use our phones for listening music By 14 hrs and I pay WiFi"

Cons: "Lacked flavor... quantity was great"

Pros: "I liked the seats are roomy"
Cons: "I didn’t like the limited choices for food. In addition I felt those that spoke Chinese were taken care of better. I sat towards the end of the plane and they ran out constantly of food. The food they did serve wasn’t very good."

Pros: "Cheap price"
Cons: "Crazy rules insisting people remove earplugs 1 hour before landing."

Cons: "The seats were very uncomfortable."

Cons: "The flight was delayed several hours which made me miss connecting flight. Since the next flight was not China Eastern, I had to buy a new ticket to get to destination."

Pros: "Everything was great! The time and the timing of the flights we took couldn't have been any better. I really like the transitional time between the time zones. The crew were all really wonderful except for one minor thing. Boarding was well organized. We were really impressed."
Cons: "There was just one minor thing. The stewardess that was giving us the bread almost at the end of the meal suddenly got impatient (?) and we think rude. I was with my husband and son. Our son was very sleepy and wasn't being very clear in responding whether he liked a bread or not. So as the stewardess was standing there waiting for us to figure out whether he wanted a bread or not, my husband said just to give it to him instead (he hasn't had one). She dropped the bread on my husband's already used food container (plate) with a very obvious attitude of impatience. Mind you my husband is a veteran with a severe case of PTSD. Flights already make him anxious let alone getting this sort of treatment. It was good that he had taken his meds prior to boarding and that made it easier for me to calm him and not make a scene. Otherwise it could have been a very ugly experience. It is for this one reason that I couldn't give an EXCELLENT review on this segment of the flight."

Cons: "Light and table were broken."

Cons: "Too much too list here what I didn't like. Unbelievable. Horrible experience. Will NEVER book this airline ever again."

Pros: "It was pleasant, nothing wrong."
Cons: "Everything was fine."

Pros: "Entertainment"
Cons: "Need more room"

Pros: "Liked the price!"
Cons: "No particular dislikes. Had no real expectations for a China base airline. No frills, all was Ok. Nothing to build any allegiance with the company"

Pros: "There's only one type of red wine and they ran out."
Cons: "They have one tiny bar of soap in there restroom..."

Pros: "Free meals were great. Movies were awesome."

Cons: "The entertainment system went down twice."

Pros: "Overall I would avoid China eastern in future. Th food was terrible."

Pros: "Boarding went well. We were 90 minutes early landing."
Cons: "Food was not good at all. It gave airline food a bad name. My tray on whitch to place my food was slanted so bad everything I placed on it would end up on my lap if I didn't hold it. Made eating a chalange to say the least. Asked for a beer and was told there were none, and hour later guess they received a shipment as another employee gave me one. Got the impression that the passengers was a bother the employees would rather not deal with"

Pros: "Considering the low price, it was an excellent experience!!"

Pros: "Did not like anything. Everyone was so rude and disrespectful."
Cons: "It was horrible experience. It was terrible and I would never use this airline ever again."

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