Deal Alert: US Cities to Bangkok From $547 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 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.
Earlier this week we wrote about a deal on airfares to Southeast Asia, but today we're seeing even cheaper prices to Bangkok (BKK) from several major US cities. Right now Star Alliance partners United, ANA and EVA Air are offering flights to the capital of Thailand from New York (JFK), Los Angeles (LAX), San Francisco (SFO) and Chicago (ORD) starting at just $547 round-trip.
Flights are mostly available in the fall from September through December, and while you can use Google Flights to find the dates you want on United or ANA, unfortunately EVA Air prices don't populate into Google's monthly calendar search feature. So while you can find those fares using a day-by-day search, you might want to double check EVA's flexible dates function to see the various schedule options and then book on Orbitz, Expedia or directly with the airline itself.
Most of these itineraries have one reasonable connection in Taipei, Taiwan (TPE) or Tokyo, Japan (NRT/HND), and since these are international trips on full service carriers, you'll get your first checked bag free and even a complimentary meal during the flight.
Airlines: Star Alliance partners (United, ANA, EVA Air)
Routes: JFK/LAX/SFO/ORD to BKK
Cost: $547+ round-trip in economy
Dates: September-December 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 Bangkok, Thailand (BKK) in October for $547 round-trip via United:
San Francisco (SFO) to Bangkok (BKK) in December for $553 round-trip via United:
New York (JFK) to Bangkok (BKK) in September for $565 round-trip on EVA via Orbitz:
Chicago (ORD) to Bangkok (BKK) in November for $601 round-trip via United:
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!