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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.
Update 2/4/17 4:33 pm: Delta has joined the fare war, matching or beating United from Los Angeles (LAX), Seattle (SEA) and Portland (PDX). See below for Delta examples (and thanks to TPG Contributor Peter Rothbart for the heads up!)
We’re starting to see a good ol’ airfare war for flights to Tokyo. Currently, United is attacking Delta’s West Coast hubs with spectacular deals to Tokyo over the next few months, during some of Japan’s amazing cherry blossom season. One of the especially appealing parts of this deal is that many options include transpacific flights on United’s brand new 787-9 Dreamliner.
Route: LAX/SEA/LAS/PDX/SLC to NRT/HND
Cost: $486+ 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, Citi Prestige (3x on airfare) or Chase Sapphire Preferred (2x on travel)
Here are a few examples of what you can book:
Los Angeles (LAX) to Tokyo (NRT) nonstop on United for $486 round-trip:
Los Angeles (LAX) to Tokyo (HND) nonstop on Delta for $486 round-trip:
Seattle (SEA) to Tokyo (NRT) nonstop on Delta for $586 round-trip:
Seattle (SEA) to Tokyo (HND) on United for $600 round-trip:
Las Vegas (LAS) to Tokyo (HND) on United for $600 round-trip:
Portland (PDX) to Tokyo (HND) on United for $600 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, 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 Tokyo courtesy of Sanchai Loongroong via Getty Images.