Deal Alert: US Cities to Southeast Asia From $430 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.
Several carriers are offering cheap fares on flights from a variety of US cities to some of Southeast Asia’s most popular destinations. Score a round-trip ticket from Los Angeles (LAX) to Bangkok (BKK) for as little as $430 on Xiamen Air. Deals are also available from cities like Newark (EWR), San Francisco (SFO) and Chicago (ORD) to places like Manila (MNL) and Hong Kong (HKG). These discounted fares are generally available from November 2017 through May 2018, 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: ANA, Asiana, United, Xiamen
Routes: LAX/EWR/SFO/ORD to SIN/BKK/HKG/MNL/SGN
Cost: $430+ round-trip in economy
Dates: November 2017 – May 2018
Booking Link: Orbitz or Expedia
Pay With: The Platinum Card from American Express (5x on airfare), Chase Sapphire Reserve, Citi Prestige (5x on airfare) or Chase Sapphire Preferred (2x on travel)
Here are a few examples of what you can book:
Los Angeles (LAX) to Bangkok (BKK) for $430 round-trip on Xiamen Air:
Newark (EWR) to Singapore for $472 round-trip on United:
San Francisco (SFO) to Ho Chi Minh City (SGN) for $530 round-trip on ANA/United:
Chicago (ORD) to Hong Kong (HKG) for $607 round-trip on Asiana:
Chicago (ORD) to Manila (MNL) for $608 round-trip on Asiana:
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 (5x 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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