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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 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.
American Airlines and United are offering great fares from many northern cities to the sunny Florida cities of Fort Lauderdale, Miami and Orlando from just $80 round-trip. There’s plenty of availability from Newark (EWR) and Washington, D.C. (IAD) on United and from Chicago (ORD) on American for departures from February through March 2017. Book this deal while it lasts, and before United introduces its basic economy fares on these flights.
This is also a great opportunity to take advantage of the new Visa Infinite companion discount that comes with the Ritz-Carlton Rewards Credit Card. That benefit would bring the cost down of a round-trip flight from EWR To FLL to just $30 per person!
Airline(s): American, United
Route(s): EWR, IAD, and ORD to FLL, MCO and MIA
Cost: $80+ round-trip in economy
Dates: February – March 2017
Booking Link: Orbitz
Pay With: The Platinum Card from American Express (5x on airfare), Chase Sapphire Reserve, 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 Fort Lauderdale (FLL) for $80 round-trip on United:
Newark (EWR) to Miami (FLL) for $88 round-trip on United:
Chicago (ORD) to Orlando (MCO) for $117 round-trip on American:
Washington, D.C. (IAD) to Fort Lauderdale (FLL) for $132 round-trip on United:
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, 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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