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Deal Alert: Boston and Chicago to West Coast From $98 Round-Trip

July 27, 2017
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Deal Alert: Boston and Chicago to West Coast From $98 Round-Trip
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West Coast, Best Coast, right? Find out for yourself this fall with cheap flights to Los Angeles (LAX) and Portland (PDX) from both Chicago or Boston (and vice versa). The cheap fares are available on American and United from late October through early November for as little as $98 round-trip. Do your research on Google Flights and then you can complete booking through an OTA like Expedia or Orbitz.

Airlines: American, United
Routes: ORD to LAX and reverse, BOS to PDX
Cost: $98+ round-trip in economy
Dates: August — November 2017
Booking Link: Orbitz or Expedia
Pay With: 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 Los Angeles (LAX) for $98 round-trip on American:

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Los Angeles (LAX) to Chicago (ORD) for $98 round-trip on American:

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Chicago (ORD) to Los Angeles (LAX) for $98 round-trip on United:

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Los Angeles (LAX) to Chicago (ORD) for $98 round-trip on United:

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Boston (BOS) to Portland (PDX) for $136 round-trip on American:

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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 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: Secret Flying

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4XEarn 4X Membership Rewards® Points on Restaurants worldwide, including takeout and delivery.
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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.

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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.

Pros

  • 4x on dining at restaurants and U.S. supermarkets (on the first $25,000 in purchases per calendar year; then 1x).
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Cons

  • Weak on travel outside of flights and everyday spending bonus categories.
  • Not as useful for those living outside the U.S.
  • Some may have trouble using Uber/food credits.
  • Few travel perks and protections.