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Deal alert: Round-trip flights to Orlando starting at $96

Jan. 01, 2022
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Winter is no longer coming, it's here and we know there are many snowbirds looking to head towards the warmth ASAP. What better way to start 2022 than with a flight deal to Orlando with round-trip flights as low as $97 for select routes.

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Deal basics

Airlines: Alaska, American, Delta, JetBlue and United.
Routes: ALB/CHS/CLE/DTW/BDL/IAH/IND/LAX/PHL/LGA/DCA/IAD and others to MCO.
How to book: Search your desired routes and dates of travel on Google Flights, before booking directly through the airline.
Travel dates: January — November 2022.

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Sample flights

Departing round-trip flights to Orlando (MCO) are available from various U.S. cities, including:

  • Cincinnati (CVG)/Washington, D.C. (DCA), starting at $96, nonstop.
  • Detroit (DTW)/Minneapolis (MSP)/Washington, D.C. (IAD), starting at $116, nonstop.
  • Chicago (ORD), starting at $126, nonstop.
  • Charlotte (CLT), starting at $135, nonstop.
  • Atlanta (ATL)/Auston (AUS)/Dallas (DFW)/Los Angeles (LAX)/New York (JFK/LGA)/Philadelphia (PHL), starting at $136, nonstop.
  • Indianapolis (IND), starting at $141.
  • Houston (IAH), starting at $146, nonstop.
  • St. Louis (STL), starting at $147.
  • Boston (BOS), starting at $156, nonstop.

Since I am quite sure it's freezing in Minnesota, let's start with a flight for just $118 on Delta in February. Did I mention it's nonstop?

(Screenshot courtesy of Google Flights)

This flight is in Delta's basic economy cabin, which includes one free carry-on. A checked bag will cost you $60 and you can upgrade to the main cabin for $50 to choose your seat.

(Screenshot courtesy of Google Flights)

Similarly, you can find the same priced Delta flight to Orlando out of Detroit on February 1, where the same fare cabin rules apply.

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(Screenshot courtesy of Google Flights)

For those on the East Coast, there are a variety of flights available, including from DCA to MCO for just $128 round-trip via a nonstop flight on American Airlines.

Read more: Newly renovated on-site value: A review of Disney’s All-Star Movies Resort in Orlando

(Screenshot courtesy of Google Flights)

Unlike the aforementioned Delta flights, this one is for a seat in American's main cabin, which includes free seat selection and one carry-on.

(Screenshot courtesy of Google Flights)

Maximize your purchase

Don’t forget to use a card that earns points on airfare purchases, such as The Platinum Card® from American Express (5x on airfare booked directly with the airline or through American Express Travel on up to $500,000 on these purchases per calendar year), 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 through Amex Travel) or the Chase Sapphire Preferred Card (2x on travel). Check out this post for more on maximizing airfare purchases.

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

We suspect many travelers heading to Orlando are en route to Disney World. If you are seeking some sun, there are many beaches within driving distance. Book this deal now with wide availability to Orlando!

Read more: The JW Marriott Orlando has new Family Suites with bunk beds and chalkboard walls

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Cons

  • Steep $550 annual fee
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  • You must spend the $300 travel credit before earning 3x points for travel and dining
  • No automatic hotel elite status
  • Earn 80,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. That's $1,200 toward travel when you redeem through Chase Ultimate Rewards®
  • $300 Annual Travel Credit as reimbursement for travel purchases charged to your card each account anniversary year.
  • Earn 5x total points on flights and 10x total points on hotels and car rentals when you purchase travel through Chase Ultimate Rewards® immediately after the first $300 is spent on travel purchases annually. Earn 3x points on other travel and dining & 1 point per $1 spent on all other purchases
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TPG Editor‘s Rating
Card Rating is based on the opinion of TPG‘s editors and is not influenced by the card issuer.
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10xEarn 10x total points on hotels and car rentals when you purchase travel through Chase Ultimate Rewards®.
5xEarn 5x total points on flights through Chase Ultimate Rewards®.
3xEarn 3x points on other travel and dining.
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  • Intro Offer
    Earn 80,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. That's $1,200 toward travel when you redeem through Chase Ultimate Rewards®

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  • Annual Fee

    $550
  • Recommended Credit
    Credit ranges are a variation of FICO© Score 8, one of many types of credit scores lenders may use when considering your credit card application.

    740-850
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Why We Chose It

If you are looking to take your premium rewards to the highest level, this card is really a no brainer in our eyes. Chase's Ultimate Rewards make points easy to redeem, with a wide range of 10 airline and three hotel transfer partners and a friendly user interface. Despite the high annual fee, Chase is consistently adding new benefits to keep the card competitive in a fierce premium rewards field.

Pros

  • $300 annual travel credit as reimbursement for travel purchases charged to your card each account anniversary year
  • Access to Chase Ultimate Rewards hotel and airline travel partners
  • Unlimited 3x points on the broad category of travel and dining
  • 50% more value when you redeem your points for travel through Chase Ultimate Rewards®
  • Broad definitions for travel and dining bonus categories

Cons

  • Steep $550 annual fee
  • May not make sense for people that don't travel frequently
  • You must spend the $300 travel credit before earning 3x points for travel and dining
  • No automatic hotel elite status
  • Earn 80,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. That's $1,200 toward travel when you redeem through Chase Ultimate Rewards®
  • $300 Annual Travel Credit as reimbursement for travel purchases charged to your card each account anniversary year.
  • Earn 5x total points on flights and 10x total points on hotels and car rentals when you purchase travel through Chase Ultimate Rewards® immediately after the first $300 is spent on travel purchases annually. Earn 3x points on other travel and dining & 1 point per $1 spent on all other purchases
  • Get 50% more value when you redeem your points for travel through Chase Ultimate Rewards®. For example, 80,000 points are worth $1,200 toward travel
  • 1:1 point transfer to leading airline and hotel loyalty programs
  • Access to 1,300+ airport lounges worldwide after an easy, one-time enrollment in Priority Pass™ Select and up to $100 application fee credit every four years for Global Entry, NEXUS, or TSA PreCheck®
  • Count on Trip Cancellation/Interruption Insurance, Auto Rental Collision Damage Waiver, Lost Luggage Insurance and more