For anyone looking to get a head start on elite status for next year, American is offering sub-$600 fares between Seattle and Beijing. I see fares available for travel in January through March of next year. American only serves Beijing out of Chicago, so it’s possible to do quite a bit of back tracking in order to get there.
The best way to search availability is through matrix.itasoftware.com, as follows (and you can modify dates based on your preferences):
The calendar will display options, and then clicking any date will reveal the actual routings/fares.
Under $600 for China with virtually guaranteed upgrades as an Executive Platinum member? Deal!
(Tip of the hat to The Flight Deal)