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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.
Flying coast-to-coast in the US can sometimes be more expensive than crossing an ocean, but fortunately JetBlue’s making it cheap to visit California if you live in NYC. The airline’s currently offering discounted fares from New York (JFK) to San Francisco (SFO) in December from just $109 one-way or $216 round-trip, or just $236 round-trip to Los Angeles (LAX). Further, if you have TrueBlue points to spare, you can redeem 7,000 of them for a one-way ticket, or 14,000 for a round-trip. These fares are only available for a short time in December, so act fast if you want to take advantage of these deals!
Route: JFK — LAX, SFO
Cost: $216 round-trip, $109 one-way
Dates: December 2016
Booking Link: Orbitz or Expedia
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:
New York (JFK) to San Francisco (SFO) for $108 one-way in December:
New York (JFK) to San Francisco (SFO) for 7,000 points + $5.60 one-way in December:
New York (JFK) to San Francisco (SFO) for $216 round-trip in December:
New York (JFK) to San Francisco (SFO) for 14,000 points + $11.20 round-trip in December:
New York (JFK) to Los Angeles (LAX) for $236 round-trip in December:
New York (JFK) to Los Angeles (LAX) for 15,600 points + $11.20 round-trip in December:
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.
Featured image of San Francisco courtesy of Getty Images.
If you’re able to score one of these tickets, please share the good news in the comments below!
H/T: Dan’s Deals
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