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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.
Looking to escape the cold weather of the Northeast for sunny Florida? You’re in luck. Several airlines are offering cheap flights from the Northeast region — Boston, New York, Philadelphia and Washington, DC — to several Florida cities. Depending on your departure city, you can find cheap fares to Fort Lauderdale (FLL), Miami (MIA), Orlando (MCO) or Tampa (TPA).
Keep in mind that for many of these fares with the exception of those with JetBlue, you’ll be booking in basic economy in order to get the lowest possible cost. Keep in mind that if you do book in basic economy, there are ways to defeat some of the pain points of basic economy by using credit cards — check out this post for all of the details.
The best way to search for these fares is to utilize Google Flights‘ calendar search function to find dates that work for you. Then, click through to book directly with the airline.
Airlines: American, JetBlue, United
Routes: BOS/BWI/DCA/EWR/JFK/PHL to FLL/MCO/MIA/TPA
Cost: $49+ round-trip in basic economy ($68 in regular economy)
Dates: December 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:
Philadelphia (PHL) to Orlando (MCO) for $49 ($200 regular economy) with American:
Washington, DC (DCA) to Orlando (MCO) for $68 round-trip with JetBlue:
New York (EWR) to Fort Lauderdale (FLL) for $80 round-trip with JetBlue:
New York (EWR) to Orlando (MCO) for $82 ($132 regular economy) round-trip with United:
New York (EWR) to Orlando (MCO) for $82 round-trip with JetBlue:
Baltimore (BWI) to Miami (MIA) for $89 ($130 regular economy) round-trip with American and United:
Philadelphia (PHL) to Tampa (TPA) for $96 ($132 regular economy) round-trip with United:
Boston (BOS) to Miami (MIA) for $116 ($156 regular economy) round-trip with United:
Maximize Your Purchase
Be sure 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.
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The American Express Platinum card has some of the best perks out there: cardholders enjoy the best domestic lounge access (Delta SkyClubs, Centurion Lounges, and Priority Pass), a $200 annual airline fee credit as well as up to $200 in Uber credits, and mid-tier elite status at SPG, Marriott, and Hilton. Combined with the 60,000 point welcome offer -- worth $1,140 based on TPG's valuations -- this card is a no-brainer for frequent travelers. Here are 5 reasons you should consider this card, as well as how you can figure out if the $550 annual fee makes sense for you.
- Earn 60,000 Membership Rewards® points after you use your new Card to make $5,000 in purchases in your first 3 months.
- Up to $200 for Uber rides annually. Credit and Uber VIP status available to Basic Card Member only.
- 5X Membership Rewards® points on flights booked directly with airlines or with American Express Travel.
- 5X Membership Rewards® points on eligible hotels booked on amextravel.com.
- As a Platinum Card Member, you can enjoy access to the Global Lounge Collection, the only credit card airport lounge access program that includes proprietary lounge locations around the world.
- Receive complimentary benefits with an average total value of $550 with Fine Hotels & Resorts. Learn More.
- $200 Airline Fee Credit, up to $200 per calendar year in baggage fees and more at one qualifying airline.
- Terms Apply.
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