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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 11:00pm 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.
Now’s the time to book your trip to happiest place on earth — Walt Disney World in Florida that is. Flights from Atlanta (ATL), Boston (BOS), Los Angeles (LAX), Newark (EWR) and Washington DC (DCA) to Orlando (MCO) are currently on sale from $88 round-trip. Plus, you’ll get to fly JetBlue which means free carry-on bags, tasty snacks and free inflight Wi-Fi. And if it’s not rides you’re after, there’s plenty else to do and see in Orlando.
There aren’t any tricks needed to find these bargains — simply search for dates that work for you with Google Flights and then complete the booking with with an OTA such as Expedia or Priceline or directly with JetBlue.
If you have a stash of JetBlue points you’ll only have to redeem a handful of them for the discounted flights, since its loyalty program is revenue based. Redemptions start at 4,600 points + $11.20 round-trip.
Routes: ATL/BOS/DCA/EWR/LAX to MCO
Cost: $88+ round-trip in economy or 4,600 points+ (plus $11.20 in taxes) round-trip in economy
Dates: July 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:
Atlanta (ATL) to Orlando (MCO) for $88 round-trip in July on JetBlue:
Atlanta (ATL) to Orlando (MCO) for 4,600 points + $11.20 round-trip in July on JetBlue:
Newark (EWR) to Orlando (MCO) for $112 round-trip in September on JetBlue:
Newark (EWR) to Orlando (MCO) for 6,400 points + $11.20 round-trip in September on JetBlue:
Washington, DC (DCA) to Orlando (MCO) for $116 round-trip in August on JetBlue:
Boston (BOS) to Orlando (MCO) for $166 round-trip in September on JetBlue:
Los Angeles (LAX) to Orlando (MCO) for $186 round-trip in October on JetBlue:
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 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.
- 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.
- Terms Apply.
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