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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.

Aeroflot, the Russian flag carrier, is offering low fares between the US and Russia. We’re seeing round-trip tickets between Chicago (ORD), New York (JFK) Los Angeles (LAX) Miami (MIA), Washington (IAD) and Moscow (SVO) and Saint Petersburg (LED) from $460 round-trip in economy. The cheapest fares are originating in New York and most flights are nonstop. TPG staff have enjoyed their time flying Aeroflot and Russia has some great hotels.

To search, head to Google Flights and enter your origin and destination cities. Then, scroll through Google Flights’ calendar function to find dates that work best for you. Finally, click through to book with the airline itself or Expedia.

Airlines: Aeroflot
Routes: IAD, JFK, LAX, MIA, ORD to LED, SVO
Cost: $460+ round-trip in economy
Dates: January – March 2018
Booking Link: Orbitz or Expedia
Pay With: The Platinum Card from American Express (5x on airfare), Chase Sapphire ReserveAmerican Express® Gold Card, 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 Moscow (SVO) for $460 round-trip with Aeroflot via Expedia:

New York (JFK) to Saint Petersburg (LED) for $484 round-trip with Aeroflot via Expedia:

Miami (MIA) to Moscow (SVO) for $518 round-trip with Aeroflot via Expedia:

Washington (IAD) to Moscow (SVO) for $546 round-trip with Aeroflot via Expedia:

Los Angeles (LAX) to Moscow (SVO) for $565 round-trip with Aeroflot via Expedia:

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 ReserveAmerican Express® Gold Card 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.

H/T: Scott’s Cheap Flights

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