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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.

Flights spanning the continental US are on sale, with prices starting from just $109 round-trip. Select routes are on sale, with low fares between Los Angeles (LAX) and Orlando (MCO) as well as Boston (BOS) to Seattle (SEA) / San Francisco (SFO).

The $109 fare from LA to Orlando is on United in basic economy, so you’ll be charged extra for a carry-on bag or seat selection. If you hold the Chase United MileagePlus card, you won’t have to pay for a checked or carry-on bag and will receive priority boarding. The other flights are operated by JetBlue and Alaska, so you’ll be spared from unbundled fares. We’re likely seeing these crazy fares from United since they said in yesterday’s investor call that they need to compete with budget carriers like Frontier.

Availability is a bit scattered, so make sure you head to Google Flights to find the dates that work best for you.

Airline: Alaska, JetBlue and United
Routes: BOS/LAX to MCO/SEA/SFO
Cost: $109+ round-trip in basic economy, $177 in regular economy
Dates: Scattered availability from January through December 2018
Booking Link: OrbitzExpedia or directly with the airline
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 Orlando (MCO) for $109 on United in basic economy:

Los Angeles (LAX) to Orlando (MCO) for $177 on Alaska in regular economy:

Boston (BOS) to San Francisco (SFO) for $197 round-trip on JetBlue in regular economy:

Boston (BOS) to Seattle (SEA) for $197 round-trip on JetBlue in regular economy:

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 Business Platinum® Card from American Express

Aside from the 75,000 points welcome bonus, Amex recently made huge improvements to the Business Platinum Card, including the fact that you will now earn 50% more points on purchases of $5,000 or more, earn 5x on flights and eligible hotels at Amextravel.com and cardholders will receive a $200 airline fee credit each year.

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  • Welcome Offer: Earn up to 75,000 Membership Rewards® points.
  • Earn 50,000 Membership Rewards® points after you spend $10,000 and an extra 25,000 points after you spend an additional $10,000 all on qualifying purchases within your first 3 months of Card Membership.
  • Get 5X Membership Rewards® points on flights and prepaid hotels on amextravel.com.
  • Get 50% more Membership Rewards® points. That's 1.5 points per dollar, on each eligible purchase of $5,000 or more. You can get up to 1 million additional points per year.
  • 35% Airline Bonus: Use Membership Rewards® Pay with Points for all or part of a flight with your selected qualifying airline, and you can get 35% of the points back, up to 500,000 bonus points per calendar year.
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