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Airfare deals are typically only available on limited dates. We recommend that you use Google Flights to find dates to fly, then book through an online travel agency, such as Orbitz, which allows you to cancel flights without penalty by 11pm Eastern Time within one day of booking. Remember: Fares may disappear quickly, so book right away and take advantage of Orbitz’s courtesy cancellation if you’re unable to travel. Additionally, keep in mind that discounted partner fares may not earn miles with US-based carriers.
This is the best deal we’ve seen to Japan in quite some time. Currently, you can book 1 or 2-stop flights on United from Boston to Osaka for just $460 round-trip. NYC is priced a bit higher at $610 round-trip, but that’s still a phenomenal deal. Osaka is a very short train ride away from Kyoto, but it’s also a fantastic destination in and of itself. It’s also just a 2.5-hour Shinkansen ride from Tokyo, so you can easily combine both cities in one trip. Note that you’d need to fly in and out of Osaka to get this fare, however.
Route: BOS and NYC to KIX
Cost: $460+ round-trip in economy
Dates: February 2016 through April 2016
Booking Link: Orbitz
Pay With: American Express Premier Rewards Gold, Citi Prestige or Chase Sapphire Preferred
Here are a few examples of what you can book:
Boston (BOS) to Osaka, Japan (KIX) for $460 on United:
Newark (EWR) to Osaka, Japan (KIX) for $610 on United:
Maximize Your Purchase
Don’t forget to use a credit card that earns additional points on airfare purchases, such as the American Express Premier Rewards Gold or Citi Prestige (3x on airfare) or the Chase Sapphire Preferred Card (2x on all travel purchases). Check out this post for more on maximizing airfare purchases.
H/T: The Flight Deal
If you’re able to score one of these tickets, please share the good news in the comments below! Even after the introduction of the Chase Sapphire Reserve, the Chase Sapphire Preferred is still a fantastic choice if you want to avoid the Reserve’s $450 annual fee, earn 2x on all travel & dining and earn a 50,000 point sign up bonus.
Even after the introduction of the Chase Sapphire Reserve, the Chase Sapphire Preferred is still a fantastic choice if you want to avoid the Reserve’s $450 annual fee, earn 2x on all travel & dining and earn a 50,000 point sign up bonus.