Deal Alert: US Cities to Bangkok From $560 Round-Trip
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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.
Star Alliance partners United and ANA are in the midst of a great sale on flights to the capital of Thailand. We're seeing low prices to Bangkok (BKK) from several major US cities, including New York (NYC), Washington DC (IAD), Chicago (ORD), San Francisco (SFO) and Los Angeles (LAX) starting at just $560 round-trip.
Flights are mostly available from September through early December, although itineraries from New York and Washington DC are open all the way until April 2018. You don't need any tricks to see these airfares — just use Google Flights to find the dates you want, then book on Orbitz, Expedia or directly with the airline itself. Bangkok is a great hub for Southeast Asia travel as you can usually find cheap flights from there to Phuket, Koh Samui or elsewhere in Southeast Asia.
Most of these itineraries have one reasonable connection in Tokyo, Japan (NRT/HND), and since these are international trips on full service carriers, there's a complimentary meal served during the flight and there are no first checked bag fees.
Airlines: United Airlines, ANA
Routes: NYC/IAD/ORD/SFO/LAX to BKK
Cost: $560+ round-trip in economy
Dates: September through early December (NYC and IAD through April 2018)
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:
Chicago (ORD) to Bangkok, Thailand (BKK) for $560 round-trip via Orbitz:
San Francisco (SFO) to Bangkok (BKK) for $564 round-trip via Orbitz:
New York (NYC) to Bangkok (BKK) for $564 round-trip at Thanksgiving via Orbitz:
Los Angeles (LAX) to Bangkok (BKK) for $570 round-trip via Orbitz:
Washington DC (IAD) to Bangkok (BKK) for $590 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.
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