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United began its nonstop service to China more than 30 years ago. Today, it operates more nonstop flights between China and the U.S., and serves more cities in China, than any other U.S.-based airline. Fly direct from San Francisco to Chengdu, or make just one stop along the way when you fly from several other U.S. cities. On your trip, we recommend taking a break from marathon training to visit the giant pandas — Chengdu’s large breeding and research facility is dedicated to protecting the rare animal.

United also offers nonstop flights to Beijing, Shanghai and Xi’an from several major U.S. airports, including New York/Newark, Washington Dulles, Chicago O’Hare, Los Angeles and San Francisco.

United Airlines Flight Discounts

United Airlines is proud to be the Official Airline of the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series®. As you prepare for your race, be sure to book your travel at today to receive a discount on your flight.

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  • Click on “All Search Options” at the bottom left of the “Book Travel” box
  • Input the destination and dates that match your travel needs
  • Please note the discount will only be valid if your itinerary has you arriving within 7 days of the event and departing within 7 days from the event.
  • Enter code ZE2R111948 in the offer code box to apply the discount

Nearby Airports

Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport is the main international airport serving the capital of Chengdu, China. The airport code is CTU.

United Airlines provides direct flights from San Francisco to Chengdu.

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