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  • Looking for a cheap flight? 25% of our users found flights on this route for $131 or less one-way and $225 or less round-trip.
  • High season is considered to be June, July and August. The cheapest month to fly is April.
  • Morning departure is around 20% cheaper than an evening flight, on average*.
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Top 5 airlines serving from Guangzhou to Hongqiao Intl

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Hainan AirlinesOverall score based on 1568 reviews
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Cons: "Kiosks in Guangzhou would not accept passport, perhaps because I am a foreigner. This forced me to wait in line with checked bag customers, though I only needed a boarding pass."
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Cons: "Kiosks in Guangzhou would not accept passport, perhaps because I am a foreigner. This forced me to wait in line with checked bag customers, though I only needed a boarding pass."
Cons: "I miss the flight and I need to change it please"
Pros: "Seating was Comfortable."
Cons: "Cancel the day of the flight. Had to leave the next day."
Pros: "Excellent crew, kind, helpful and smiling Nice food Good plane"
Cons: "Limited movie selection, considering this long flight"
Pros: "Great price, great crew, impressive international flight. Hainan rivals Cathay Pacific, China Air,"
Cons: "The domestic flight food was only bearable."
Pros: "The company seems to be good based on their tv advertisement."
Cons: "Seems like the crew doesn’t pay attention to people who does not speak mandarin or don't want to pay attention to a different race, gender or color of people. They kept at minimum contact as possible even neglect to collect the snack rabish until called by their fellow Chinese who asked for that to be removed."
Pros: "Was not told that I needed a visa for connexting flightsbin China so I was not allowed to board and had to buy a last minute $2400 ticket"
Cons: "Was not told that I needed a visa for connexting flightsbin China so I was not allowed to board and had to buy a last minute $2400 ticket"
Pros: "Good entertainment"
Cons: "Forgot one of my kosher meals on one of the legs."
Cons: "transfer process at airport cumbersome. Transfer gate was closed at airport so we need to exit airport and re enter from departure hall."
Cons: "The airline lost our luggage which in turn made us lose our connecting flight to Chicago. The staff did not help and the manager kept walking off to assist other people while in the middle of conversation! We could have made our flight of they were a bit more helpful and attentive. The staff was very unprofessional, extremely rude and ignored our concerns of not being able to sit with our 7year old daughter, at least one of us! They found us a flight to Seattle which then connected to Chicago but expected us to pay for the plane tickets since they denied responsibility for having lost our luggage. They said it was our fault we missed our flight. It was such a terrible experience for my family."
Cons: "Shouldn’t have babies or small kids in the business class"
Cons: "They wouldn’t let us in the plane due to passport expiring within 6 months of travel. That should have been something you should have put out there during the booking process. We’re now not going on vacation and are having a hard time getting anything back from a trip we couldn’t take"
Cons: "Chinese airlines often require you to take a bus at boarding and then carry your suitcases up large flights of steps to enter the plane - this was the case in Xiamen. This flight often is delayed and this was the case. The food was below average. WiFi is free but it blocks google and gmail."
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."
Cons: "the transit in Xiamen after my flight from Hong Kong it was 7 hours I have stay in xi amen. The promotion and/or advertisement saying that I have eight hotel for me to rest in Xiamen or a city tour. After I arrived there.all of those was saying nothing provided today. all I can have is leading me to a lough where just seats, tables for passenger to sit there. provided tea, water, Chinese made coke with natural temperature no ice . just sit there for 7 hours to wait for my connection flight to LAX"
Pros: "Getting off of the plane"
Cons: "This was a discount garbage carrier. I have ridden on cargo boats off the coast of Nicaragua that I would recommend before Xiamen. They don’t give you your connecting boarding pass when you leave the country. You have to go through China’s bullshit customs service three times just to get to your next flight. Chinese customs is like a bowl full of retarted fish smelling their own farts. Six people doing nothing while one blithering idiot Stubles through paperwork."
Pros: "The Chinese people were wonderful! But I was required to pass thru security checks 3 times arriving. 3 times transiting and 3 times leaving. At customs, transit and departure. No common sense to their process only"letter of the law". For example I was taking beef jerky to my friends in Thailand but the Chinese security has a meat sniffing dog and they confiscated it as well as the girl in front of me More than $100 worth of jerky. They should have given it back at departure gate. I had to buy more in their duty free shop. Also they cancelled my flight without advising me but did get me on Thai airways later that day. Too much hassle to Transit China"
Cons: "Security"
Pros: "Nothing"
Cons: "Xiamen reps at KUL didn’t let me board because they said my middle name on boarding pass didn’t match with the name on Chinese transit visa. I got this Chinese transit visa just to transfer because of the airport layout and that part was also didn’t make sense. They didn’t accept my middle “Y” on the boarding pass and it was so much of hassle to argue and finally let me through. Will never fly again on Xiamen."
Pros: "787 Dreamliner layout is efficient, generous legroom and recline is better than American carriers. Crew works as team, fast and courteous. Very helpful and professional, Water offered frequently, trash pick up kept cabin neat, bathrooms always clean. Passenger announcements are clear and crisp is English and Chinese."
Cons: "Really, no complaints. More entertainment choices would be appreciated however is not my priority."
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: "Lovely attentive crew went out of their way to provide comfort and service"
Cons: "Clear guidance for priority boarding groups"
Cons: "All flights to and from China from this booking were cancelled. China Air customer service was non existent and has offered no compensation for additional travel expenses."
Pros: "The crew was very nice and the seats are comfortable for a short flight"
Cons: "Entertainment options could have been better."
Cons: "We paid $37 to check in 1 Baggage and the flight from SFO to Beijing had delivered the baggage in baggage claim area. We had to take Chinese Visa to get to the baggage, even-though it is a transit. We missed the next connecting flight to Shenzhen as it ate up all our time. Now have to travel in the mercy of the airlines for next flight. PLEASE MAKE SURE YOU LIST THAT "VISA NEEDED IF CHECKING IN BAGGAGE" MISSED ALL FLIGHTS"
Cons: "We paid $37 to check in 1 Baggage and the flight from SFO to Beijing had delivered the baggage in baggage claim area. We had to take Chinese Visa to get to the baggage, even-though it is a transit. We missed the next connecting flight to Shenzhen as it ate up all our time. Now have to travel in the mercy of the airlines for next flight. PLEASE MAKE SURE YOU LIST THAT "VISA NEEDED IF CHECKING IN BAGGAGE""
Pros: "Only chose it for v price but it's a terrible airline."
Cons: "Flight was delayed. Seats are so cheap that are super uncomfortable. Food is terrible."
Pros: "The departure from Shenzhen instead a typical Hong Kong departure is good, also the cost was good"
Cons: "Airliner should offer something to cover the seat at busisnes class instead just the blanket as other airliner do. The policy of no eletronics during the flight is not ok"
Cons: "You can't even supply the flight yet constantly send e-mails asking how the flight was. You shouldn't offer flights if you can't book them. Then sending constant e-mails making it seem like they're booked."
Cons: "Firstly, the ticket I bought had a hidden stop that wasn't disclosed to me. I called and the representative said it is fine."
Cons: "Forty minute delay boarding with no announcement of reason why"
Pros: "The flight itself was fine."
Cons: "I received an email that my ticket had been changed. In stead of a layover in Yantai, the new ticket said I had a layover in Qingdoa. I went to check in and the Shandong airlines employees said that both tickets had been cancelled. Thankfully they gave me a free ticket to Yantai, but were completely different time. I am very upset with Kayak or whoever changed my times."
Pros: "Crew was very nice and attent"
Cons: "Boarding was very bad organized, the fly was with shangdong airlines instead air china, which was confused at the beggining, also the space between seats was very short and seats were too hard."
Cons: "Kayak should not offer flights they cannot book them send constant e-mails making it look like they are charging you for a flight they can't book."
Pros: "Nothing."
Cons: "Couldn't check my bags all the way to SFO. Had to pick up my bags and then checked in again with a different airline."
Cons: "There was a backup on the highway to the airport, but that doesn't mean their staff should have no contingencies."
Pros: "Beautiful and friendly crew. Spoke some English and very kind"
Cons: "A little disorganized in boarding. Not able to use cellphone in airplane mode during flight"
Pros: "The crew was fantastic, were consistently professional and pleasant through a very difficult situation."
Cons: "Boarding time was the same as standard flights, when this route is on a Chinese shopping destination. Plane was delayed 30 minutes because half of the passengers needed to check luggage at the gate. Either boarding should be earlier, or the one bag per passenger rule should be enforced before getting to the gate. Nearly half the plane had brought at least two or three carry-on suitcases."
Pros: "On time, good service and very reasonable priced. Plane was clean and fairly new."
Cons: "Food and drinks could be better."
Pros: "They had passcodes for certain people, but when they ran out no one else could use the internet...I was one of those people who couldn't use the internet. Dinner wasn't great, but breakfast was good. They had some options to learn Chinese on the that was fun."
Cons: "No internet"
Cons: "I paid for first class but was told when I checked in at the airport that there was no first class. Moreover, the airline did not automatically provide an economy seat for me. Instead, when I arrived at the airport, I was told that I did not have a seat on the flight. Only after finding an agent who spoke English and 45 minutes of discussion did they provide me with a seat in economy. That said, they owe me at least a partial refund but did not provide any information about how I can obtain it."
Pros: "הצוות היה מאוד נחמד. האוכל היה בינוני וכך גם איכות הסרטים."
Cons: "אינטרנט אלחוטי חינם. לעדכן באופן ברור שהצ׳ק נסגר מוקדם (כשעה ומשהו לפני המראה) עקב המרחק הגדול בשדה. כמעט פספסתי את הטיסה."
Pros: "For a budget airline, it was an excellent flight, on time, reasonably good seats, with vegetarian food as ordered."
Cons: "It was slightly disorganized, with not a lot of smiles from the crew, but it was fine anyway. I wish food portions were a little larger."
Pros: "Very comfortable seat in the exit row and entertainment to choose from offered a wide variety of current and older movies, I was very impressed and will for sure book through China Eastern for my next flight to Hong Kong next month"
Cons: "Breakfast was a bit bland but nothing bad"
Pros: "The flight was on time both ends. The crew and service was good. The seats were comfortable. The food was good."
Cons: "Who the heck decided to put shoulder strap seat belts into the planes???? Major fail. These are highly uncomfortable and a stupid addition. I can’t imagine you have the data to support this addition being meaningful. Fail! Fail! Fail!!!!!"
Pros: "Great crew, nice amenities."
Cons: "No vegetarian options, so bring your own snacks. They'll try to accommodate you, though."
Cons: "Very long layovers. Unfriendly customer service. Terrible food options. Overall very poor service. Given choice, will not fly with this airline."
Pros: "I was hesitant at first to book through a 3rd party website, there were a lot of variables for me. I’m the kind of person who loves the security of knowing that my plans are concrete. I read so many horror stories of random cancellations and other headaches. As long as you know your dates are set in stone and you don’t have to adjust anything (I had no changes) then I think you’ll be perfectly fine! :)"
Cons: "While everything worked out perfectly for me the only draw back for me was just airline logistics, because I purchased through a 3rd party vendor I was unable to check in early. I love having the security of checking in early to avoid the lines and stress at the airport but everything worked out great. I was even able to select which seats I wanted prior to my trip."
Pros: "Food, entertainment, and crew"
Cons: "Lost mine and three other peoples checked bag on the connection stop in Shanghai. Took 6 days to get it to me."
Cons: "Contacting China eastern airlines customer service was very painful. Accent differences being the major contributor for the cause. China eastern website was giving errors out most of the times while we tried to make seat reservations. Ultimately, the seats we reserved online were not given to us for both of our return flights. Special meals ordered was also not provided to us, stating that we were supposed to reconfirm the meals selection once again during check-in time, which I something we have never done in the past with any of the airlines; I did that for my last flight and bingo - I got the special meals for that flight alone. Anyone asking for special meal - please note this point; it doesn't harm to reconfirm though it sounds like an unnecessary step. Shanghai airport has very limited options for vegetarians. Kimchi noodles, Kimchi cake and Bibimbap were the only good options if you are a vegan. Landing was not good: As the flight had to wait for the runway allocation due to early arrival, flight was going in circles near the airport area, climbing up and down; vomiting sensation!!"
Pros: "Had 4 empty seats Flight crew very attentive and professional Good service"

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