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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 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 Expedia’s courtesy cancellation if you’re unable to get the time away from work or family.

Both JetBlue and Virgin America/Alaska are offering discounted one-way and round-trip fares across the US. You can fly to or from either Boston (BOS) or Philadelphia (PHL) to a number of cities on the West Coast. The cheapest routes we found are to or from Los Angeles (LAX), Long Beach (LGB), Seattle (SEA) or San Francisco (SFO). Keep in mind that for most of the examples below, you can get similar or equal prices if booking in the opposite direction.

The best way to search for these fares is via Google Flights. Use the low fare calendar to find dates that work best for you. Then, once found, click through to book directly with the airline itself.

Airline: JetBlue or Virgin America/Alaska
Routes: LAX/LGB/SEA/SFO to/from BOS/PHL
Cost: $98+ one-way or $197+ round-trip in economy
Dates: January to March 2018
Booking Link: Expedia or with the airline directly
Pay With: The Platinum Card from American Express (5x on airfare), Chase Sapphire Reserve, Citi Prestige (3x on airfare) or Chase Sapphire Preferred (2x on travel)

Here are a few examples of what you can book:

Los Angeles (LAX) to Boston (BOS) for $98 one-way:

Los Angeles (LAX) to Boston (BOS) for 6,300 TrueBlue points + $5.60 one-way:

San Francisco (SFO) to Boston (BOS) for $98 one-way:

Seattle (SEA) to Boston (BOS) for $197 round-trip:

Seattle (SEA) to Boston (BOS) for 12,600 TrueBlue points + $11.20 round-trip:

Boston (BOS) to Long Beach (LGB) for $197 round-trip:

Philadelphia (PHL) to Los Angeles (LAX) for $217:

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 (3x on airfare) or the Chase Sapphire Preferred Card (2x on all travel purchases). Check out this post for more on maximizing airfare purchases.

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The Platinum Card® from American Express

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.

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  • Earn 60,000 Membership Rewards® points after you use your new Card to make $5,000 in purchases in your first 3 months.
  • Enjoy Uber VIP status and free rides in the U.S. up to $15 each month, plus a bonus $20 in December. That can be up to $200 in annual Uber savings.
  • 5X Membership Rewards® points on flights booked directly with airlines or with American Express Travel.
  • 5X Membership Rewards points on prepaid hotels booked on amextravel.com.
  • 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.
  • Get up to $100 in statement credits annually for purchases at Saks Fifth Avenue on your Platinum Card®. Enrollment required.
  • $550 annual fee.
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