Deal Alert: US to Southeast Asia From $446 Round-Trip
Update: Some offers mentioned below are no longer available. View the current offers here.
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.
Qatar Airways is running an amazing sale, with flights from the US to Asia starting from just $446 round-trip. This promotion is part of Qatar's Travel Festival sale, which also includes incredible business class fares on the carrier. Most major cities are on sale — you can click here to find the list of your desired departure city and possible destinations. Qatar is certainly one of the better ways to fly to Southeast Asia, and is a Oneworld carrier as well, meaning you can credit the miles earned to your American AAdvantage account.
Note that in order to take advantage of this promotion, you must book your tickets from now through 11:59pm on January 18, 2017. While the sale applies to fares all the way through mid-December, there are several blackout dates to be aware of between June 15 and July 1, and from August 15 to September 10, 2017.
Airline: Qatar Airways
Route: US to Asia
Cost: $446+ round-trip in economy
Dates: January - December 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:
Philadelphia (PHL) to Kuala Lumpur (KUL) for $446 round-trip in February:
New York City (JFK) to Yangon (RGN) for $487 round-trip in April:
Los Angeles (LAX) to Jakarta (CGK) for $490 round-trip in February:
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