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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.
JetBlue is offering a slew of Valentine’s Day deals as part of its Keep it simple, Cupid sale, with fares starting from $39 one-way between Chicago (ORD) and Fort Lauderdale (FLL). Many, but not all, fares are for Tuesday and Wednesday travel only. A number of international destinations are included in this sale including Port-au-Prince, Haiti; Cancun, Mexico and Havana, Cuba.
There are a bunch of cities included in this flash sale, so it’ll be best to check out JetBlue’s page. You can use the dropdown menu to filter for deals from your origin city. The best way to find availability is to search Google Flights for the routes and dates, and then click through to JetBlue’s website to book. Act quick! These fares won’t last long — they’re available Wednesday only, February 14, through 11:59pm ET.
Routes: ORD/ATL/BOS/JFK/BWI/FLL and more to MCO/DFW/HOG/CUN and more
Cost: $78+ round-trip in economy for two passengers
Dates: March-June 2018; book between February 14-19
Booking Link: Google Flights, JetBlue
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:
Chicago (ORD) to Fort Lauderdale (FLL) in April for $77 round-trip:
Atlanta (ATL) to Boston (BOS) in March for $87 round-trip:
Fort Lauderdale (FLL) to Mexico City (MEX) for $207 round-trip in April:
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
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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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