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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.
American, JetBlue and United are making it easier for you to escape to the sun this fall with flights to Florida from $106 round-trip. You’ll find the lowest fares to Fort Lauderdale (FLL), but there are some discounted ones to Miami (MIA) as well. You’re best bet is to plug your departure city into Google Flights and search for flights to both airports, then book with the airline directly or with an OTA such as Expedia or Priceline.
If you have a choice in carrier, your top pick would probably be JetBlue because they don’t offer stripped-down basic economy options. Meanwhile, all of American Airlines and United’s discount fares book into basic economy. As a reminder, if you get stuck with a basic economy ticket, you can defeat many of its negative aspects by having airline elite status or a co-branded airline credit card.
Airline: American, JetBlue, United
Routes: BOS/CLT/EWR/LAX/ORD to FLL/MIA
Cost: $106+ round-trip in economy
Dates: September – December 2018
Booking Link: Orbitz, Expedia or directly with the airline
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 plus excellent trip delay insurance) or Chase Sapphire Preferred (2x on travel)
Here are a few examples of what you can book:
Newark (EWR) to Fort Lauderdale (FLL) for $106 round-trip in September on JetBlue:
Charlotte (CLT) to Fort Lauderdale (FLL) for $111 round-trip in October on American:
Boston (BOS) to Miami (MIA) for $128 round-trip in December on United:
Chicago (ORD) to Fort Lauderdale (FLL) for $148 round-trip in December on JetBlue:
Los Angeles (LAX) to Fort Lauderdale (FLL) for $198 round-trip in November on United:
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, American Express Premier Rewards Gold 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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This cash back card has a focus on dining and entertainment where you can earn unlimited 4% cash back in those spending categories. You can also earn 2% cash back at grocery stores and 1% cash back on all other purchases.
- Earn a one-time $500 cash bonus after you spend $3000 on purchases within the first 3 months from account opening
- Earn unlimited 4% cash back on dining and entertainment, 2% at grocery stores and 1% on all other purchases
- No rotating categories or sign-ups needed to earn cash rewards; plus cash back won't expire for the life of the account and there's no limit to how much you can earn
- No foreign transaction fees
- Access to premium experiences in dining, entertainment and more
- $0 intro annual fee for the first year, $95 after that