Buying tickets to China – cheaply – is something I’ve had to do many times, with and without kids. To get the best deal, forget Expedia, forget Cheaptickets, and even forget local agents in China.
Where you want to look is Chinatown, New York. We recently booked a summer trip from China to the US. We ended up getting a super great deal through an agency called Friendship Travel. When coming to China last summer, we found the best deal from another NY agency called Salomon Travel.
These and many others can be found by a simple Google search. In the future, I probably won’t spend so much time looking around and go straight there. I don’t know if it’s the competition that keeps prices low or they have access to more discount tickets, but whatever it is, it works for us!