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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.

Several airlines are making a trip to Thailand seem even more appealing right now, with cheap flights available from March through May 2017. Most of these flights will be on Chinese or Taiwanese carriers with the exception of an ANA itinerary from New York (JFK). Since there are many dates available on a wide range of carriers, we advise that you search on Google Flights before booking with the airline or through Orbitz or Expedia. Flights from New York City (JFK), Los Angeles (LAX), Chicago (ORD) and San Fransisco (SFO) are available for less than $600.

From Bangkok, you can be on the beach in Phuket, Koh Samui or elsewhere in Southeast Asia in just a couple of hours. Flights within the region are typically very inexpensive, making Bangkok a great hub for Southeast Asia travel.

Airline: Air China, All Nippon Airlines, Hainan Airlines
Route: JFK, LAX, ORD, and SFO to BKK
Cost: $584+ round-trip
Dates: March – May 2017
Booking Link: Orbitz or Expedia
Pay With: The Platinum Card from American Express (5x on airfare), Chase Sapphire Reserve, Premier Rewards Gold Card from American Express, Citi Prestige (3x on airfare) or Chase Sapphire Preferred (2x on travel)

Here are a few examples of what you can book:

Chicago (ORD) to Bangkok (BKK) for $584 round-trip:

New York City (JFK) to Bangkok (BKK) for $589 round-trip:

Los Angeles (LAX) to Bangkok (BKK) for $596 round-trip:

San Fransisco (SFO) to Bangkok (BKK) for $597 round-trip:

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.

If you’re able to score one of these tickets, please share the good news in the comments below!

H/T: The Flight Deal

Featured image of Bangkok courtesy of Getty Images.

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