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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.
Emirates currently has some great fares to a variety of destinations in 2016. Yesterday, we shared some cheap fares to South Africa for under $700 early next year (which is still available). This latest deal is a bit more broad though — if you book by 11:59 pm ET on December 28th, you’ll be able to get discounted airfare on flights between January 6, 2016 and November 30, 2016, with prices varying depending on your destination.
As with many of Emirates’ deals, there are quite a few restrictions. For example, you must have a minimum stay of 7 days, pay a surcharge for outbound and inbound flights on weekends and there are quite a few blackout dates (including travel during the summer). Before booking, make sure you review the full terms and conditions (Emirates has a list on its offer page) so that you can find the best rates.
The cheapest flights are those bound for Milan (MXP), which is operated on the airline’s A380, from $549 round-trip. Unfortunately, this deal is only available for flights departing New York (JFK), however discounts are available from more cities to Emirates’ other destinations. Tickets to Dubai should be under $700 round-trip, while other destinations such as Bangkok and Hong Kong will be a bit pricier around $800 round-trip — perhaps not as much of a steal when compared to cheaper flights to Vietnam, the Philippines and Japan that have been available recently.
Routes: JFK, IAD, LAX, SFO and more to many Emirates destinations
Cost: $549-$799+ round-trip in economy
Dates: January 2016 through November 2016 (with blackout dates)
Booking Link: Orbitz
Pay With: American Express® Gold Card, Citi Prestige or Chase Sapphire Preferred
Here are a few examples of what you can book:
New York (JFK) to Milan (MXP) for $549 on Emirates in April (earns 1,876 Skywards Miles):
San Francisco (SFO) to Dubai (DXB) for $648 on Emirates in March (earns 3,500 Skywards Miles):
Washington DC (IAD) to Dubai (DXB) for $683 on Emirates in September (earns 3,000 Skywards Miles):
Maximize Your Purchase
Don’t forget to use a credit card that earns additional points on airfare purchases, such as the American Express® Gold Card 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.
If you’re able to score one of these tickets, please share the good news in the comments below! The Points Guy Assessment: The Chase Sapphire Preferred is a great pick for the beginner and the frequent traveler. The CSP has superb travel benefits, double points on certain purchases, and a 50,000 point sign up bonus. The $95 annual fee is waived the first year so this puts it as one of the less expensive cards, while still allowing you to earn one of the most valuable point currencies.
The Points Guy Assessment:
The Chase Sapphire Preferred is a great pick for the beginner and the frequent traveler. The CSP has superb travel benefits, double points on certain purchases, and a 50,000 point sign up bonus. The $95 annual fee is waived the first year so this puts it as one of the less expensive cards, while still allowing you to earn one of the most valuable point currencies.