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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.
TPG has long raved about JetBlue Mint, and for good reason. The onboard experience is like no other domestic product and the fares are relatively cheap (compared to the legacy US airlines). Mint fares typically start at $599 one-way, or $1,198 round-trip, but as we’ve seen they’re sometimes offered for even less. If you act quickly, you can snag Mint seats between Boston (BOS) and Barbados (BGI) from $299 one-way. Alternatively, you can book a flight out of Boston (BOS) or New York (JFK) to cities like San Diego (SAN) or San Francisco (SFO) from $398 one-way. Or you can use JetBlue points, starting from as little as 20,900 points + $7 one-way.
The discounted fares are available in either direction and are being offered for a wide range of dates through February 2019. The easiest way to find availability is to search for dates via Google Flights, then book on Orbitz, Expedia or directly with JetBlue. Remember, you’ll want to try to pick a seat in rows 2 or 4 to get your own closed-door suite.
Routes: BOS/JFK to/from BGI/LAS/SAN/SEA/SFO
Cost: $299+ (or 20,900 points + $7) one-way in lie-flat business class
Dates: June 2018 – February 2019
Booking Link: Orbitz, Expedia or directly with the airline
Pay With: The Platinum Card® from American Express (5x on airfare), Chase Sapphire Reserve, Citi Prestige (3x on airfare plus excellent trip delay insurance) or Chase Sapphire Preferred (2x on travel)
Here are a few examples of what you can book:
Boston (BOS) to Barbados (BGI) for $299 one-way nonstop in September:
Boston (BOS) to Barbados (BGI) for 20,900 points + $7 one-way nonstop in September:
Boston (BOS) to San Francisco (SFO) for $398 one-way nonstop in August:
Boston (BOS) to San Diego (SAN) for $398 one-way nonstop in June:
New York (JFK) to Seattle (SEA) for $433 one-way nonstop in November:
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.
With great travel benefits, 2x points on travel & dining and a 50,000 point sign up bonus, the Chase Sapphire Preferred is a great card for those looking to get into the points and miles game. Here are the top 5 reasons it should be in your wallet, or read our definitive review for more details.
- Earn 50,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. That's $625 toward travel when you redeem through Chase Ultimate Rewards®
- Chase Sapphire Preferred named "Best Credit Card for Flexible Travel Redemption" - Kiplinger's Personal Finance, June 2018
- 2X points on travel and dining at restaurants worldwide & 1 point per dollar spent on all other purchases.
- No foreign transaction fees
- 1:1 point transfer to leading airline and hotel loyalty programs
- Get 25% more value when you redeem for airfare, hotels, car rentals and cruises through Chase Ultimate Rewards. For example, 50,000 points are worth $625 toward travel
- No blackout dates or travel restrictions - as long as there's a seat on the flight, you can book it through Chase Ultimate Rewards