Deal Alert: Flights to the Middle East From $586 Round-Trip
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We're seeing great deals from several cities including Detroit (DTW), New York (JFK), Chicago (ORD) and Montreal (YUL) to destinations throughout the Middle East such as Dubai (DXB), Abu Dhabi (AUH), Amman (AMM), Abu Dhabi (AUH), Beirut (BEY), Tel Aviv (TLV) and Cairo (CAI).
As spotted by Scott's Cheap Flights, the fares are on Royal Jordanian which is one of American Airlines's Oneworld partners. Some of the tickets are non-stop, like the New York (JFK) to Amman (AMM) route, while others will require a long layover in the Jordanian capital. All fares are in economy and include a carry-on and one checked bag.
However it appears that some deals can be had from other cities like Boston (BOS), Los Angeles (LAX) and Miami (MIA) on airlines like Lufthansa and Air France, you just will have to play around with the destinations and dates.
To search, head to Google Flights and enter your origin and destination cities. Scroll through the calendar function to find dates and prices that work for you. Finally, click through to book directly with the airline or through an OTA like Priceline or Expedia.
Airline: Royal Jordanian, Lufthansa, Air France, Middle East Airlines
Routes: ORD/DTW/JFK/YUL/BOS/MIA/LAX to AMM/DXB/AUH/TLV/CAI/BEY/KWI
Cost: $586+ round-trip in Economy
Travel Dates: September – March
Pay With: The Platinum Card® from American Express (5x on airfare booked directly with the airline), Citi Prestige Card (5x on airfare), Citi Premier® Card, Chase Sapphire Reserve (3x on airfare), American Express® Gold Card (3x on airfare when booked directly with the airline) or Chase Sapphire Preferred Card (2x on travel)
Here are a few examples of what you can book:
Montreal (YUL) to Tel Aviv (TLV) for $586 USD round-trip in economy via Expedia:
New York (JFK) to Amman (AMM) for $599 round-trip in economy:
Detroit (DTW) to Amman (AMM) for $599 round-trip in economy via Expedia:
Chicago (ORD) to Beirut (BEY) for $608 round-trip in economy via Expedia:
Chicago (ORD) to Cairo (CAI) for $608 round-trip in economy via Expedia:
Boston (BOS) to Beirut (BEY) for $648 round-trip in economy on Lufthansa:
Los Angeles (LAX) to Beirut (BEY) for $650 round-trip in economy on Lufthansa:
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