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Fly to Panama from Atlanta, LA, NY and other cities from $252 nonstop

July 25, 2022
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Aerial view of Panama city
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There is a big sale on flights to Panama happening now. It's a great time to plan a visit to the Central American country and enjoy its beaches and lush rainforests. This deal involves nonstop airfare from several U.S. departure cities such as Chicago, Los Angeles, New Orleans and New York City as low as $252 roundtrip.

There are lots of regular economy fares to Panama in this sale, which means you'll get a free checked bag as part of the ticket. That's a nice bonus. That won't apply to the cheapest fares on United or Copa, where upgrading to check a bag will cost you up to $90 roundtrip. So be sure to double-check before you book and see what checking a bag will cost you if you plan to bring one. It's a big consideration when choosing an airline.

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Thanks to Scott’s Cheap Flights for tipping us off to this deal. Its Premium membership is available for $49 per year, while the Elite tier option is available for $199 per year. The latter offers access to deals on premium economy, business- and first-class tickets.

As always, if you are flexible with your plans, it will typically help you find better prices.

Deal basics

Airlines: American Airlines, Copa, Delta Air Lines, and United Airlines.
Routes: Atlanta, Los Angeles, New Orleans, New York and other cities to Panama.
How to book: Search Google Flights and book directly with the airline.
Travel dates: Best availability from September through mid-November 2022, and January through May 2023.

Related: Exploring Panama during a mileage run

Sample flights

You can fly nonstop from John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) to Panama City Tocumen International Airport (PTY) in October on Copa for only $252 roundtrip. It's an economy ticket, which means you'll have to pay extra for checked luggage. Still, that's a great price for this route in the fall.

(Screenshot courtesy of Google Flights)

The same price is available for this route in March.

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(Screenshot courtesy of Google Flights)

Copa also has great availability from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) to Panama. We found lots of nonstop fares for less than $300 roundtrip, like this spring deal.

(Screenshot courtesy of Google Flights)

Delta has the same route from Los Angeles to Panama City on sale in January for only $322 nonstop. It's their basic economy tier, so you only get a free carry-on. But the price is low enough that even paying $60 to check a bag means you're still saving money.

(Screenshot courtesy of Google Flights)

Delta also has lots of availability for nonstop flights from Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL) to Panama City. Here's one basic economy ticket in October for only $272 roundtrip.

(Screenshot courtesy of Google Flights)

You can fly from Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport (MSY) to Panama in January for only $296 roundtrip on American. This isn't a nonstop flight -- there is a layover in Miami each way -- but the price is nice and it's a main cabin ticket. That means you get a free checked bag.

(Screenshot courtesy of Google Flights)

Maximize your purchase

Pay with: The Platinum Card® from American Express for 5 points per dollar on airfare booked directly with the airline or through American Express Travel (on up to $500,000 on these purchases per calendar year), the Citi Prestige® Card for 5 points per dollar on airfare, the Citi Premier® Card or Chase Sapphire Reserve for 3 points per dollar on air travel, the American Express® Gold Card for 3 points per dollar on airfare when booked directly with the airline or through Amex Travel, or the Chase Sapphire Preferred Card for 2 points per dollar on travel.

The information for the Citi Prestige Card has been collected independently by The Points Guy. The card details on this page have not been reviewed or provided by the card issuer.

Bottom line

If you've been thinking of visiting Panama, this sale is a great opportunity to do so at unusually low prices.

Featured image by ANDREA COMI/GETTY IMAGES
Editorial disclaimer: Opinions expressed here are the author’s alone, not those of any bank, credit card issuer, airline or hotel chain, and have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by any of these entities.

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Why We Chose It

Sometimes it's worth a large investment to reap the benefits of a great credit card. That's exactly the case with the Amex Platinum card. In exchange for the annual fee, you'll unlock access to the Amex Membership Rewards program that let you access airline and hotel transfer partners, along with new lifestyle and travel credits. This card is also incredibly rewarding for travel purchases, helping you rack up a ton of Membership Rewards points for your next award trip.

Pros

  • The current welcome offer on this card is quite lucrative. TPG values it at $1,600.
  • This card comes with a long list of benefits, including access to Centurion Lounges, complimentary elite status with Hilton and Marriott, at least $500 in assorted annual statement credits and so much more. (Enrollment required for select benefits.)
  • The Amex Platinum comes with access to a premium concierge service that can help you with everything from booking hard-to-get reservations to finding destination guides to help you plan out your next getaway.

Cons

  • The high annual fee is only worth it if you’re taking full advantage of the card’s benefits. Seldom travelers may not get enough value to warrant the cost.
  • Outside of the current welcome bonus, you’re only earning higher rewards on specific airfare and hotel purchases, so it’s not a great card for other spending categories.
  • The annual airline fee statement credit can be complicated to take advantage of compared to the broader travel credits offered by competing premium cards.
  • Earn 80,000 Membership Rewards® points after you spend $6,000 on purchases on your new Card in your first 6 months of Card Membership. Apply and select your preferred metal Card design: classic Platinum Card®, Platinum x Kehinde Wiley, or Platinum x Julie Mehretu.
  • Earn 5X Membership Rewards® Points for flights booked directly with airlines or with American Express Travel up to $500,000 on these purchases per calendar year and earn 5X Membership Rewards® Points on prepaid hotels booked with American Express Travel.
  • Get $200 back in statement credits each year on prepaid Fine Hotels + Resorts® or The Hotel Collection bookings, which requires a minimum two-night stay, through American Express Travel when you pay with your Platinum Card®.
  • $240 Digital Entertainment Credit: Get up to $20 back each month on eligible purchases made with your Platinum Card® on one or more of the following: Audible, Disney+, The Disney Bundle, ESPN+, Hulu, Peacock, SiriusXM, and The New York Times. Enrollment required.
  • $155 Walmart+ Credit: Cover the cost of a $12.95 monthly Walmart+ membership with a statement credit after you pay for Walmart+ each month with your Platinum Card. Cost includes $12.95 plus applicable local sales tax. Plus Ups are excluded.
  • American Express has expanded The Centurion® Network to include 40+ Centurion Lounge and Studio locations worldwide. There are even more places your Platinum Card® can get you complimentary entry and exclusive perks.
  • $200 Airline Fee Credit: Get up to $200 in statement credits per calendar year in baggage fees and more at one select qualifying airline.
  • $200 Uber Cash: Enjoy Uber VIP status and up to $200 in Uber savings on rides or eats orders in the US annually. Uber Cash and Uber VIP status is available to Basic Card Member only.
  • Get up to $300 back per calendar year on the Equinox+ digital fitness app, or eligible Equinox club memberships when you pay with your Platinum Card. Enrollment required. Learn more.
  • Breeze through security with CLEAR® lanes available at 100+ airports, stadiums, and entertainment venues and get up to $189 back per calendar year on your membership when you use your Card. Learn more.
  • $695 annual fee.
  • Terms Apply.
  • See Rates & Fees