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Airfare deals are typically only available on limited dates. We recommend that you use Google Flights to find dates to fly, then book through an online travel agency, such as Orbitz or Expedia, which allows you to cancel flights without penalty by 11pm 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 Orbitz or Expedia’s courtesy cancellation if you’re unable to get the time away from work or family.
Non-stop premium economy fares from Los Angeles (LAX) and San Francisco (SFO) to Hong Kong (HKG) and Tokyo (NRT) are currently being offered from $999 round-trip. LA fliers get to experience premium economy aboard American Airlines (a Oneworld member) while those from the Bay Area get to experience it aboard Singapore Airlines (a Star Alliance member). We’ve reviewed both carriers’ premium economy offerings and neither should disappoint. There are also special tricks to maximize your mileage earning on American Airlines premium economy flights, which you can read more on after the flight booking examples.
Once you’ve booked your flights, you’ll have countless options for booking your accommodations in Hong Kong and Tokyo using points.
Airline(s): American Airlines, Singapore Airlines
Route: LAX/SFO to HKG/NRT
Cost: $999+ round-trip in premium economy
Dates: August 2018 – April 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) or Chase Sapphire Preferred (2x on travel)
Here are a few examples of what you can book:
Los Angeles (LAX) to Hong Kong (HKG) for $999 round-trip in November on American:
Los Angeles (LAX) to Tokyo (NRT) for $1,145 round-trip in January 2019 on American:
San Francisco (SFO) to Hong Kong (HKG) for $1,185 round-trip in December on Singapore Airlines:
Maximize Your Mileage Earnings
If you’re trying to earn AAdvantage elite status, you’re going to want to either book the American Airlines flights using special fare techniques to maximize your Elite Qualifying Dollars (EQD) and award earnings.
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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- Earn 50,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. That's $625 toward travel when you redeem through Chase Ultimate Rewards®
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- No foreign transaction fees
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- Get 25% more value when you redeem for airfare, hotels, car rentals and cruises through Chase Ultimate Rewards. For example, 50,000 points are worth $625 toward travel
- No blackout dates or travel restrictions - as long as there's a seat on the flight, you can book it through Chase Ultimate Rewards