Deal Alert: NYC and Chicago to Asia and India From $374 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.
We’re seeing some pretty incredible fares from New York (JFK) and Chicago (ORD) to all over Asia and India. If you’ve been looking at planning a trip, now might be the time to pull the trigger, as we’re seeing round-trip fares for less than $400. There seems to be good availability from October 11 through December 9, 2017, and then continuing January through April 2018. According to View From the Wing, the following cities have availability at these discounted fares from both JFK and ORD:
- Bali (DPS)
- Bangkok (BKK)
- Cebu (CEB)
- Chiang Mai (CNX)
- Colombo (CMB)
- Ho Chi Minh City (SGN)
- Hong Kong (HKG)
- Kuala Lumpur (KUL)
- Macau (MFM)
- Manila (MNL)
- New Delhi (DEL)
- Phnom Penh (PNH)
- Phuket (HKT)
- Siem Reap (REP)
- Singapore (SIN)
- Taipei (TPE)
The flights are on China Eastern, and most require a stop in Shanghai (PVG) in both directions. There’s a minimum stay of one week on many of the routes. The easiest way to find these fares, which require you to book through Expedia, is by using the Google Flights calendar function. There, you can click around and find dates with low fares. Once you’re able to find dates that work for you, click through to book through Expedia. Note that the fares might take a while to load and do not show up in Google Flights’ immediate results — so even though you might not see anything at first, the fares could pop up. There’s no indication how long these fares will be around, so it’ll be better to book sooner rather than later. If you to book it, be sure to wait until you get your confirmation before making any non-refundable plans.
Airlines: China Eastern
Routes: JFK and ORD to Asia and India
Cost: $374+ round-trip in economy
Dates: October 2017 – April 2018
Booking Link: Expedia
Pay With: The Platinum Card from American Express (5x on airfare), Chase Sapphire Reserve, Premier Rewards Gold Card from American Express, Citi Prestige (3x on airfare) or Chase Sapphire Preferred (2x on travel)
Here are a few examples of what you can book:
New York (JFK) to New Delhi (DEL) for $374 round-trip in November:
Chicago (ORD) to Ho Chi Minh City (SGN) for $378 round-trip in November/December:
New York (JFK) to Bali (DPS) for $385 round-trip in November:
New York (JFK) to Hong Kong (HKG) for $398 round-trip in January:
Chicago (ORD) to Bangkok (BKK) for $447 round-trip in October:
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, American Express Premier Rewards Gold or Citi Prestige (3x on airfare) or the Chase Sapphire Preferred (2x on all travel purchases). Check out 5 Things to Keep in Mind When You See an Insane Flight Deal, and 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!
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