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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.
Emirates is once again offering its very popular “book together” promotion for Valentine’s Day. This iteration of the deal expands on last month’s two-for-one sale, adding additional departure and destination cities, including rare fares from the Midwest and Texas to multiple Indian and Middle Eastern destinations. The lowest fares are between New York and Italy or Greece on the carrier’s fifth-freedom routes. Fares start at $799 round-trip in economy for two passengers between JFK and Milan (MXP) and $899 round-trip for two passengers between Newark (EWR) and Athens (ATH).
This sale includes a number of Midwest and West Coast cities, and some fares may even be slightly cheaper than advertised, so your best bet is to use Google Flights to search for the best dates, and then book directly through Emirates. Note that you must book between now and February 17 to take advantage of the discounted fares.
Business- and first-class discounts are also available. For example, you can book flights between Dallas (DFW) and Mumbai (BOM) starting at $6,799 round-trip for two passengers in business class, or Chicago (ORD) to Chennai (MAA) from $16,479 for two passengers in first class.
Routes: JFK/BOS/EWR/DFW/ORD/IAH/SFO/SEA/LAX to DAC/DXB/MXP/BOM/BLR/ATH/HYD/JNB/MAA/DEL/IKA/AMD
Cost: $784+ round-trip in economy for two passengers
Dates: February-May 2018; July-December 2018; may include specific blackout dates for certain routes
Booking Link: Google Flights to search for the best dates, then book through Emirates.
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:
New York (JFK) to Milan (MXP) for $784 for two passengers in April in economy:
Newark (EWR) to Athens (ATH) for $877 round-trip for two passengers in November in economy:
New York (JFK) to Dubai (DXB) for $1,391 round-trip for two passengers in April in economy:
Dallas (DFW) to Mumbai (BOM) for $6,783 for two passengers in September in business class:
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.
H/T: Thrifty Traveler
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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- 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.
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- $550 annual fee.
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