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Fall is always a great time to find great flight deals. This afternoon, we’re in for a treat. American Airlines has put the Caribbean on sale from many cities across the US — including all the way from the West Coast. Fares start at just $250 round-trip, but prices are going to depend on your origin, destination and dates.

Airline: American Airlines
Cost: $250+ round-trip in economy
Dates: Mostly October – December 2016, with some fares available as far out as June
Booking Link: Orbitz or Expedia
Pay With: Chase Sapphire Reserve, Premier Rewards Gold Card from American Express, Citi Prestige Card or Chase Sapphire Preferred

Here are a few examples of what you can book:

Seattle (SEA) to St Lucia (UVF) for $250 round-trip:

Seattle (SEA) to St Lucia (UVF) for $250 round-trip
Seattle (SEA) to St Lucia (UVF) for $250 round-trip.

San Francisco (SFO) to St Kitts (SKB) for $262 round-trip:

San Francisco (SFO) to St Kitts (SKB) for $262 round-trip
San Francisco (SFO) to St Kitts (SKB) for $262 round-trip

Newark (EWR) to Aruba (AUA) for $259 round-trip:


For American Airlines elites, remember that you can request an upgrade using 500-mile upgrades — or you’ll be eligible for a free upgrade if you’re an Executive Platinum member. If you’re flying transcontinental from the West Coast, check out your equipment options to see if you can get a lie-flat to make the long ride more comfortable. For West Coast-based Executive Platinum members, this is a great way to rack up a bunch of cheap Elite Qualifying Miles (EQM) while likely traveling in first class.

Maximize Your Purchase

Don’t forget to use a credit card that earns additional points on airfare purchases, such as the 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.

Featured image of St. Lucia courtesy of Shutterstock.

H/T: The Flight Deal

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