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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 or Expedia, which allows you to cancel flights without penalty by 11pm Eastern Time within one day of booking. However, if you’re using the American Express Platinum Card, you’ll need to book directly with the airline or through the Amex Travel portal to get 5x MR points. Remember: Fares may disappear quickly, so book right away and take advantage of Orbitz or Expedia’s courtesy cancellation if you’re unable to get the time away from work or family.

We’ve seen deals galore to Europe and the Caribbean, but here’s one to consider if you’d rather your spend your next vacation in Asia. United is currently offering flights from Newark (EWR) and Boston (BOS) to Tokyo (NRT) for under $700 round-trip. We’re seeing nonstop, economy trips from now through March from Newark for $687, and one-stop trips from Boston from $701.

If you’re departing from Newark, you can snag the deal for $45 less if you book through Priceline — but since the savings isn’t so significant and you’ll likely find it easier to deal with United if you need to make changes (plus the fact that you can earn 5x points when booking directly through an airline) we’d recommend heading to United to book your flight.

If you really want to save every dollar you can, you can fly to Tokyo from Newark with a long layover both ways on Air China from just $540, but for ~$150 more, it might make more sense to fly nonstop.

Airline: United
Route: EWR and BOS to NRT and HND
Cost: $687 round-trip in economy
Dates: November — March 2017
Booking Link: Orbitz or Expedia or Priceline
Pay With: American Express Platinum Card (5x on airfare), Chase Sapphire Reserve, American Express Premier Rewards Gold, Citi Prestige (3x on airfare) or Chase Sapphire Preferred (2x on travel)

Here are a few examples of what you can book:

Newark (EWR) to Tokyo (NRT) for $687 round-trip in February:

Newark (EWR) to Tokyo (NRT) for $687 round-trip in February.

Newark (EWR) to Tokyo (NRT) for $642 nonstop round-trip in February through Priceline:

Newark (EWR) to Tokyo (NRT) for $642 nonstop round-trip in February through Priceline.

Boston (BOS) to Tokyo (HND) for $701 round-trip in March:

Boston (BOS) to Tokyo (HND) for $701 round-trip in March.

 Maximize Your Purchase

Don’t forget to use a credit card that earns additional points on airfare purchases, such as the American Express Platinum Card (5x on flights booked directly with airlines or American Express Travel), Chase Sapphire Reserve, 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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