Deal Alert: Los Angeles to Taiwan for $482 Round-Trip
Update: Some offers mentioned below are no longer available. View the current offers here.
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We haven't seen a deal to Taiwan in several months, but this is a really good one. If you're on the West Coast or can get yourself there, Japan Airlines (JAL) is currently selling flights from Los Angeles (LAX) to Taipei (TPE) for as low as $482 round-trip, with just one short stop in Osaka, Japan.
Even better, you'll be flying on Japan Airlines' 787 Dreamliner between Los Angeles and Osaka. TPG Contributor Katie Genter reviewed JAL's 787-8 last year and described it as the best economy hard product she's experienced, writing that "the combination of wide, comfortable, high-pitch seats with the better pressurization of the 787 and the consistently high-quality service of JAL makes its 787-8 a winner."
There's a smattering of availability in May, but the bulk of these fares are in the fall, with tons of departure dates on the weekdays in September, October and November. In most cases there's a Saturday night stay requirement but you don't need any tricks to get these airfares, so just use Google Flights to find the dates you want, then book on Orbitz, Expedia or directly with the airline itself.
Airlines: Japan Airlines (JAL)
Routes: LAX to TPE
Cost: $482+ round-trip in economy
Dates: May (limited), September-November (more options)
Booking Link: Orbitz or Expedia
Pay With: The Platinum Card from American Express (5x on airfare), Chase Sapphire Reserve, Citi Prestige Card (5x on airfare) or Chase Sapphire Preferred Card (2x on travel)
Here are a few examples of what you can book:
Los Angeles (LAX) to Taipei, Taiwan (TPE) in May for $482 round-trip via Expedia:
Los Angeles (LAX) to Taipei (TPE) in September for $482 round-trip via Expedia:
Los Angeles (LAX) to Taipei (TPE) in October for $482 round-trip via Expedia:
Los Angeles (LAX) to Taipei (TPE) in November for $482 round-trip via Expedia:
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 Card (5x on airfare) or the Chase Sapphire Preferred (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: Thrifty Traveler