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Deal Alert: US Cities to Tokyo From $508 Round-Trip

May 27, 2017
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Deal Alert: US Cities to Tokyo From $508 Round-Trip
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Airfare deals are typically only available on limited dates. For this particular deal, book through an online travel agency such as Orbitz, Expedia or Priceline which allows you to cancel flights without penalty within one day of booking. Remember: Fares may disappear quickly, so book right away and take advantage of Orbitz, Expedia or Priceline's courtesy cancellation if you’re unable to get the time away from work or family.

This deal is a little unusual but definitely worth considering because if you're willing to book with an online travel agency (OTA) — such as Orbitz, Expedia or Priceline — you can currently get a terrific price on a ticket to Asia on a wide variety of dates. Currently, we're seeing airfares as low as $508 round-trip from multiple US cities — including rarely seen Washington, DC (IAD) as well as New York/Newark (EWR), Atlanta (ATL), Detroit (DTW), Minneapolis (MSP), Houston (IAH) and Denver (DEN) — to Tokyo, Japan (TYO) on Star Alliance member Air Canada.

Normally, we tell readers to use Google Flights to find the dates you want and then book on Orbitz, Expedia or directly with the airline itself. However, for this particular deal, you'll have to book through an OTA in order to get the lowest price. If you use Google Flights to search for dates, the flights will price in the mid-$600s. Your best bet is to search directly through Orbitz, Expedia or Priceline from the beginning to find the lower offerings.

Availability for this sale is mostly in the winter and spring months of November 2017 through March 2018, excluding the December holiday period. However, you can also find some departures in late August, so don't count out a late summer trip. Most of these itineraries have one reasonable connection in cities like Toronto (YYZ) or Vancouver (YVR). Since these are international trips on a full service carrier, you'll get your first checked bag free and even a complimentary meal during the flight.

Airline: Air Canada
Routes: IAD/EWR/ATL/DTW/MSP/IAH/DEN to TYO
Cost: $508+ round-trip in economy
Dates: November 2017 - March 2018
Booking Link: Orbitz, Expedia or Priceline
Pay With: Chase Sapphire Reserve (3x on travel), Citi Prestige (3x on airfare) or Chase Sapphire Preferred (2x on travel)

Here are a few examples of what you can book:

Denver (DEN) to Tokyo, Japan (NRT) for $508 round-trip via Orbitz:

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Houston (IAH) to Tokyo (TYO) for $512 round-trip via Orbitz:

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Washington, DC (IAD) to Tokyo (HND) for $516 round-trip via Orbitz:

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New York/Newark (EWR) to Tokyo (HND) for $516 round-trip via Orbitz:

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Atlanta (ATL) to Tokyo (HND) for $594 round-trip via Orbitz:

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Minneapolis (MSP) to Tokyo (HND) for $594 round-trip via Orbitz:

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Detroit (DTW) to Tokyo (HND) for $594 round-trip via Orbitz:

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Maximize Your Purchase

Don’t forget to use a credit card that earns additional points on airfare purchases, such as the Chase Sapphire Reserve (3x on travel), 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 and Fare Deal Alert

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    Credit ranges are a variation of FICO© Score 8, one of many types of credit scores lenders may use when considering your credit card application.

    670-850
    Excellent/Good

Why We Chose It

There's a lot to love about the Amex Gold card. It's been a fan favorite during the pandemic because of its fantastic rewards rate on restaurants (that includes takeout and delivery in the U.S.!) and U.S. supermarkets. If you're hitting the skies soon, you'll also earn bonus points on travel. Paired with up to $120 in Uber Cash (for U.S. Uber rides or Uber Eats orders) and up to $120 in annual dining statement credits at eligible partners, there's no reason that the foodie shouldn't add this card to their wallet. Enrollment required.

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  • Not as useful for those living outside the U.S.
  • Some may have trouble using Uber/food credits
  • Few travel perks and protections
  • Earn 60,000 Membership Rewards® points after you spend $4,000 on eligible purchases with your new Card within the first 6 months of Card Membership.
  • Earn 4X Membership Rewards® Points at Restaurants, plus takeout and delivery in the U.S., and earn 4X Membership Rewards® points at U.S. supermarkets (on up to $25,000 per calendar year in purchases, then 1X).
  • Earn 3X Membership Rewards® points on flights booked directly with airlines or on amextravel.com.
  • $120 Uber Cash on Gold: Add your Gold Card to your Uber account and each month automatically get $10 in Uber Cash for Uber Eats orders or Uber rides in the U.S., totaling up to $120 per year.
  • $120 Dining Credit: Satisfy your cravings and earn up to $10 in statement credits monthly when you pay with the American Express® Gold Card at Grubhub, The Cheesecake Factory, Goldbelly, Wine.com, Milk Bar and select Shake Shack locations. Enrollment required.
  • Choose the color that suits your style. Gold or Rose Gold.
  • No Foreign Transaction Fees.
  • Annual Fee is $250.
  • Terms Apply.
  • See Rates & Fees