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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.
Several carriers are offering cheap fares on flights from several US cities to some of Southeast Asia’s most popular destinations. You can score a round-trip ticket from Chicago (ORD) to Manila (MNL) for as little as $519 on Star Alliance member Asiana. Deals are also available from cities like Los Angeles (LAX), New York (JFK) and San Francisco (SFO) to other Asian cities such as Ho Chi Minh City (SGN), Bangkok (BKK), Singapore (SIN) and Hong Kong (HKG). These discounted fares are generally available from October through December 2017, but exact availability will depend on your origin and destination. We recommend doing your research through Google Flights and then booking either directly through the airlines themselves or with an OTA such as Expedia or Orbitz.
Airlines: Air China, ANA, Asiana, United
Routes: LAX/ORD/JFK/SFO to BKK/SGN/MNL/HKG
Cost: $519+ round-trip in economy
Dates: October – December 2017
Booking Link: Orbitz or 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:
Chicago (ORD) to Manila (MNL) for $519 round-trip on Asiana:
Los Angeles (LAX) to Singapore (SIN) for $521 round-trip on Air China:
San Francisco (SFO) to Ho Chi Minh City (SGN) for $531 round-trip on ANA/United:
New York (JFK) to Hong Kong (HKG) for $557 round-trip on Asiana:
Los Angeles (LAX) to Bangkok (BKK) for $587 round-trip on China Airlines:
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 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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