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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.
If you’re looking to go on an adventure to Southeast Asia, now is the time to book your flight. United is currently offering discounted fares on open-jaw tickets from several US cities. This means, for example, that you can fly from San Francisco (SFO) to Bangkok (BKK) and then return from Kuala Lumpur (KUL) back to San Francisco, with a layover in Tokyo (NRT) each way. That particular routing comes in at only $462 for the outbound and return flights. There are similar options available from Los Angeles (LAX), Newark (EWR) and Chicago O’Hare (ORD) as well. To find your flights, search on Google Flights and then head over to United’s site to complete booking.
Routes: LAX, SFO, EWR and ORD to BKK/KUL
Cost: $462+ round-trip in economy
Dates: September 2016 – March 2017
Fare Class: K, L
Miles Earned: At least 16,022 elite-qualifying miles
Booking Link: Orbitz
Pay With: American Express Premier Rewards Gold, Citi Prestige or Chase Sapphire Preferred
Here are some examples of what you can book:
San Francisco (SFO) to Bangkok (BKK); Kuala Lumpur (KUL) to San Francisco (SFO) for $462 on United/ANA:
Los Angeles (LAX) to Bangkok (BKK); Kuala Lumpur (KUL) to Los Angeles (LAX) for $471 on United/ANA:
Newark (EWR) to Bangkok (BKK); Kuala Lumpur (KUL) to Newark (EWR) for $563 on United/ANA:
Chicago (ORD) to Bangkok (BKK); Kuala Lumpur (KUL) to Chicago (ORD) for $640 on United/ANA:
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.
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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.