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11 Bucket-List Destinations in Asia with Nonstop Routes from the U.S.

Getting to many parts of Asia from the U.S. is a notoriously difficult process characterized by long flights and expensive fares. However, with a rise in the number of nonstop routes connecting the continents, it’s now possible to find easier-to-reach places to visit in Asia.  These 11 cities have nonstop routes from the U.S. Even better, most of these routes are with U.S. carriers or their partners, so you can book using points to maximize savings.

Nonstop Routes to Amazing Destinations in Asia

Whether you plan a bucket-list holiday around these Asia nonstop flight destinations, use them as a gateway to other destinations, or see them as just the inspiration you need to book a long-overdue family trip, you’ll be happy to board just one flight to get there.

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West Coast to Tahiti

Tahita overwater bungalow

Fly nonstop to this tropical paradise from San Francisco and Los Angeles with United, Air France (SkyTeam partner), or Air Tahiti Nui (an American and Delta partner). Additionally, budget airline French Bee flies from California nonstop to Papeete, but does not have a U.S. affiliate airline.

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Minneapolis/St. Paul to Incheon, South Korea

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Delta operates a nonstop flight from Minneapolis/St. Paul to Incheon that clocks in at just under 13 hours. Use the city as a gateway to Seoul and the rest of South Korea.

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Detroit to Shanghai, China

night view of shanghai skyline

Head to Shanghai, China’s financial hub, on a nonstop flight with Delta from Detroit. From here you can access neighboring cities like Suzhou, Nanjing, and even the neighboring province of Jiangsu.

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Denver to Tokyo, Japan

streetview of tokyo

On United (and its partner ANA), you can get to Tokyo nonstop from Denver in 12 hours. Explore the city’s 24-hour buzz, thriving food scene, and action-packed fish markets, or use it as a gateway for other Japanese cities and travel via high-speed bullet train.

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Seattle to Singapore 

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As of fall 2019, you can fly nonstop to Singapore from Seattle with Singapore Airlines (Star Alliance Member). The airline is famous for having the longest flight in the world (Newark to Singapore) and consistently wins best-airline awards, so you’re in good hands on this long haul.

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New York to Manila, Philippines

Facade of manila cathedral, manila, philippines

If you’re longing for the beaches of Boracay or want to experience the capital of Manila, you can take a nearly 17-hour flight from New York (JFK) to Manila. Note that this flight is operated by Philippine Airlines, which at the time of publication, does not have any U.S. partner airlines or alliances. 

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West Coast to Vietnam

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As of fall 2019, Vietnam Airlines has secured an air carrier permit in the U.S. and will announce nonstop flights soon, potentially including flights connecting Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi to possible hubs like Los Angeles, Seattle, San Francisco, or even New York or Dallas. The airline also recently signed a two-way codeshare agreement with Delta, which is a promising sign for the confirmation of potential routes. 

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Los Angeles to Osaka, Japan

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American (operated by Japan Airlines) offers a nonstop route from Los Angeles to one of the increasingly trendy places to visit in Asia, Osaka. Osaka is increasingly popular with American tourists, and now travelers can take advantage with this nonstop route to visit Osaka and nearby Kyoto.

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Chicago to Hong Kong

city view of hong kong
Before sunset

With American Airlines (and its partner Cathay Pacific) you can fly nonstop from Chicago to Hong Kong. It’s about 16 hours and puts you close to other notable destinations like Macau and Shenzhen.

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New York to Taipei, Taiwan  

view of taipei skyline

Taiwan is accessible via a 16-hour flight from the East Coast of the U.S. on both China Airlines (SkyTeam partner) and EVA Air (Star Alliance). Head to Taipei for famous night markets, tea plantations, and of course, boba (bubble) tea.

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Washington D.C. to Delhi, India

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Air India, a Star Alliance member, flies nonstop from Dulles to Delhi three times weekly. The journey takes just over 14 hours, and from Delhi, the rest of India is accessible via train or plane. 

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By Ashley Rossi

Ashley Rossi is always ready for her next trip. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram for travel tips, destination ideas, and off the beaten path spots.

After interning at SmarterTravel, Ashley joined the team full time in 2015. She's lived on three continents, but still never knows where her next adventure will take her. She's always searching for upcoming destination hotspots, secluded retreats, and hidden gems to share with the world.

Ashley's stories have been featured online on USA Today, Business Insider, TripAdvisor, Huffington Post, Jetsetter, and Yahoo! Travel, as well as other publications.

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