The cheapest times to fly from BMI to SHA are

  • January 8th to April 29th (except the weeks of March 5th and March 12th)
  • August 27th to December 9th (except the weeks of October 1st, October 8th, and November 26th)

based on data collected exclusively by Champion Traveler across tens of millions of flights. Among all the dates above, the very cheapest time to fly from BMI to SHA is late October to early November. Prices can be as high as $6078 for Friday flights during mid December, or as low as $823 for Tuesday flights around late October to early November.


When to Fly to Shanghai

Flying from Bloomington/Normal, IL (BMI) to Shanghai (SHA) will usually cost between $976 to $3865 per person if booking more than four weeks in advance. On average the very cheapest time to fly is late October to early November with an average ticket price of $1203. Due to high demand the most expensive time to fly is mid December, with an average price of $3162. Planning your trip to low-cost times can easily save you $1959 on economy flights and even more on first-class flights. Generally, any price below $1630 can be considered a good price for a round-trip BMI to SHA flight.

See below for a graph of average weekly prices for the BMI to SHA route. All prices are for round-trip tickets in USD.

BMI to SHA Flight Prices

Compared to other flights, the BMI to SHA flight is more expensive than the average and costs more than the average flight leaving from Bloomington. The average price per mile (for a direct flight) is $0.14, which is far below average.


Flight Prices by Day of the Week

Tuesday is usually the cheapest day to fly to SHA, and Wednesday the cheapest day to fly back into BMI. Fridays are the most expensive days to fly out or take a return trip. Selecting flights on the least expensive days could save you up to $1121 (40%) on this flight.

Departing prices are for round-trip flights returning on the day of departure. For example, a flight departing on Tuesday and returning a week later will cost an average of $1461. Return trip prices are from the SHA to BMI flight, and often highlight the quality of our data in showing the same trend.

Departing Prices by Day

Departure Day Prices

Return Trip Prices by Day

Return Day Prices


Nonstop Flights and Layovers

Travelers looking to fly from BMI to SHA can generally find a 2-layover flight. Because there is not usually a direct flight option the real-world direct flight time of 13 hour 48 minutes may not be realistic.


Alternative Nearby Airports

Champion Traveler tells you which airports are nearby and whether tickets might be cheaper alternative airports nearby. Sometimes it’s worth it to fly into a closer airport and then commute to your destination. Remember that there is not usually a nonstop flight from BMI to SHA while comparing.

Destination alternative #1: Pudong Airport (PVG) in Shanghai

  • 27 miles (43 km) away from SHA
  • Usually 44.33% less expensive than SHA
  • 1-layover flights available

See BMI to PVG flights


Flight Hacking BMI to SHA

Flight hacking is when you book two tickets instead of a layover, sometimes with different airlines. You will need to either bring only a carry-on bag (highly recommended) or leave yourself plenty of time to go through security again. Flight hacking is completely allowed, but airlines don’t always tell you the cheapest way to get from BMI to SHA — but Champion Traveler does!

Hack #1: Los Angeles, CA (BMI > LAX > SHA)

  • Price for both tickets: $988
  • Average savings: $643 (39.42%)

See BMI to LAX flights

Hack #2: Chicago, IL (BMI > ORD > SHA)

  • Price for both tickets: $1014
  • Average savings: $616 (37.79%)

See BMI to ORD flights

Hack #3: Raleigh/Durham, NC (BMI > RDU > SHA)

  • Price for both tickets: $1040
  • Average savings: $590 (36.2%)

See BMI to RDU flights


Flight Questions Answered

Still have questions about flying from BMI to SHA? We’ve got answers.

Which airlines fly this route?

You can find 10 major airlines flying this route most often: American, China Southern, Delta, Hainan, JAL, Korean Air, Shanghai Airlines, Shenzhen, United, Xiamen, and potentially more during busy seasons.

How far away is it from Hongqiao International Airport to Central Illinois Regional Airport?

The distance between the two airports is roughly 7119 miles or 11457 kilometers.

How long does it take to fly from BMI to SHA?

The real-world flight time for a nonstop BMI to SHA flight is about 13 hour 48 minutes.

How many flights go between Bloomington/Normal, IL and Shanghai?

It depends on the day of the week and the date, but a typical day might have around 11 available flights from BMI to SHA.


Airport Location Info


Departing Airport

Origination code BMI
Origination airport name Central Illinois Regional Airport
City Bloomington/Normal, IL
Country the United States
Latitude 40.5
Longitude -88.9

Return Airport

Destination code SHA
Destination airport name Hongqiao International Airport
City Shanghai
Country China
Latitude 31.2
Longitude 121.3


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