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Airfare deals are typically only available on limited dates. We recommend 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.
Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates, is home to a fascinating mix of both the ancient and modern, bringing together some of the most fascinating sights in the world such as the Yas Viceroy Abu Dhabi (the world’s only hotel built on a racetrack), the photogenic Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque Center and the architecturally stunning Zayed National Museum, to name just a few. If those sound intriguing, right now we’re seeing airfares from New York (JFK), Chicago (ORD) and Washington, DC (IAD) starting as low as $587 round-trip.
The lowest fares depart from New York with flights available on most weekdays — and even some weekends — during the months of September through December, and a small number of dates also open in May. Flights from Chicago and Washington DC are a little more sparse, but you should be able to find itineraries from those cities for about $20-$50 more. In most cases there’s only a Saturday stay requirement so you can make the trip as short or long as you’d like. You don’t need any tricks to get these prices, so just use Google Flights to find the dates you want, then book on Orbitz, Expedia or directly with the airline itself.
Most of these itineraries have just one stop in either Amsterdam (AMS) or Rome (FCO). Also, since these are international trips on mainstream carriers, you’ll get your first checked bag free and even a complimentary meal during the flight.
Airlines: SkyTeam (Delta, KLM, Alitalia, Air France)
Routes: NYC/IAD/ORD to AUH
Cost: $587+ round-trip in economy
Dates: May and September-December
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:
New York (JFK) to Abu Dhabi, UAE (AUH) in May for $587 round-trip via Orbitz:
New York (JFK) to Abu Dhabi, UAE (AUH) in October for $587 round-trip via Orbitz:
Chicago (ORD) to Abu Dhabi, UAE (AUH) in September for $601 round-trip via Orbitz:
Washington, DC (IAD) to Abu Dhabi, UAE (AUH) in September for $642 round-trip via Orbitz:
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 (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
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