Deal Alert: US Cities to Taiwan From $649 Round-Trip
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If Asia is high on your travel wish list but you don't want to pay a fortune while there, Taiwan is an excellent choice: It's relatively cheap and the renowned street food can be had for just a few dollars. Purchasing flights to get there and back might be the most expensive part of the trip — but right now Star Alliance partners United, Asiana and Air Canada are offering low fares to Taipei (TPE), the country's capital. You can find great prices from multiple US cities, including New York/Newark (EWR), Chicago (ORD), Seattle (SEA), San Francisco (SFO), Los Angeles (LAX) and San Diego (SAN) starting as low as $649 round-trip.
Flights are available from late August through early December and there's no minimum stay requirement to get these prices; 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 one reasonable connection in San Francisco (SFO), Vancouver, Canada (YVR) or Seoul, South Korea (ICN), and since these are international trips on mainstream carriers, travelers will get their first checked bag free and even a complimentary meal during the flight.
Airlines: Star Alliance partners (United Airlines, Asiana, Air Canada)
Routes: NYC/LAX/SFO/SEA/SAN/ORD to TPE
Cost: $649+ round-trip in economy
Dates: Late August through early 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/Newark (EWR) to Taipei, Taiwan (TPE) for $649 round-trip via Orbitz:
Los Angeles (LAX) to Taipei (TPE) for $649 round-trip via Orbitz:
San Francisco (SFO) to Taipei (TPE) for $649 round-trip via Orbitz:
Seattle (SEA) to Taipei (TPE) for $679 round-trip via Orbitz:
San Diego (SAN) to Taipei (TPE) for $679 round-trip via Orbitz:
Chicago (ORD) to Taipei (TPE) for $693 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