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Airfare deals are typically only available on limited dates. We recommend that 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.

Take a trip down to Latin America with these cheap fares. We’re seeing round-trip fares from Washington, DC (IAD) to Mexico City (MEX) for $166 round-trip. There appear to be many cities involved in what might be a fare war between carriers — MEX, Cartagena (CTG), Quito (UIO) and more. We’re seeing these fares from a number of carriers, from United and JetBlue to Aeromexico, Delta and American. Because we’re seeing such a wide range of carriers offering discounted prices, it could be worth searching any city — not just those listed below.

To search, head over to Google Flights and look for routes and dates that work best for you. Then, book through the airline itself, Orbitz or Expedia. Availability varies based on departure and arrival cities, but we’re seeing some availability scattered throughout the rest of 2017 and into 2018.

Airline: Aeromexico, American, Delta, JetBlue, United
Cost: $166+ round-trip in economy
Dates: October 2017 – March 2018
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:

Washington, D.C. (IAD) to Mexico City (MEX) for $166 round-trip with Aeromexico:

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Fort Lauderdale (FLL) to Cancun for $191 round-trip with JetBlue:

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Atlanta (ATL) to Mexico City (MEX) for $230 round-trip with United:

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New York (JFK) to Cartagena (CTG) for $255 round-trip with Delta: 

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Boston (BOS) to Quito (UIO) for $292 round-trip with American:

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Seattle (SEA) to Quito (UIO) for $292 round-trip with United:

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New York (JFK) to Lima (LIM) for $432 round-trip with JetBlue:

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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, American Express Premier Rewards Gold or Citi Prestige (3x on airfare) or the Chase Sapphire Preferred Card (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, let us know in the comments below.

H/T: The Flight Deal

Featured image of Cartagena by Mariusz Kluzniak / Getty Images.

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