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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 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 Platinum Card® from American Express, you’ll need to book directly with the airline or through the 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.
Southwest just launched a flash sale which could help you save on your next getaway. With this sale, you can score both domestic and international fares from $49 one-way or $98 round-trip. The discounted fares are valid for travel from August 21, 2018 through February 13, 2019, including dates that could overlap with your holiday travel plans.
While the low fares will only stick around until August 16, you can still take advantage of the sale if you booked your flights before it launched. Thanks to Southwest’s incredibly generous no change fee policy, if the price of your previously purchased flights dropped, you can rebook your flights at the lower rates and be credited the difference. Plus, Southwest let’s you check two bags for free. Factors like these helped Southwest land the top spot in TPG’s 2018 Best Airlines for Families rankings.
Since Southwest’s fares don’t appear on Google Flights or OTAs like Expedia, your best bet for finding availability is by searching with Southwest’s flexible dates calendar and selecting the dates that work best for you. To see a list of the routes and cities eligible as part of this sale, check out this page.
JetBlue’s also running a flash sale, with fares starting at $34 one-way.
Routes: Domestic and international routes
Cost: $49+ one-way, $98+ round-trip in economy
Dates: August 2018 – February 2019
Booking Link: Southwest
Pay With: The Platinum Card® from American Express (5x on airfare), Chase Sapphire Reserve, 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:
San Francisco (SFO) to San Diego (SAN) in September for $49 one-way:
Portland (PDX) to Los Angeles (LAX) in September for $64 one-way:
Seattle (SEA) to San Jose (SJC) in October for $68 one-way:
Baltimore (BWI) to Boston (BOS) in November for $68 one-way:
Atlanta (ATL) to Columbus (CMH) in October for $69 one-way:
Fort Lauderdale (FLL) to Cancun (CUN) in September for $96 one-way:
Maximize Your Purchase
Don’t forget to use a credit card that earns additional points on airfare purchases, such as The Platinum Card® from American Express (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.
Featured image courtesy of Marriott Cancun.
The American Express Platinum card has some of the best perks out there: cardholders enjoy the best domestic lounge access (Delta SkyClubs, Centurion Lounges, and Priority Pass), a $200 annual airline fee credit as well as up to $200 in Uber credits, and mid-tier elite status at SPG, Marriott, and Hilton. Combined with the 60,000 point welcome offer -- worth $1,140 based on TPG's valuations -- this card is a no-brainer for frequent travelers. Here are 5 reasons you should consider this card, as well as how you can figure out if the $550 annual fee makes sense for you.
- Earn 60,000 Membership Rewards® points after you use your new Card to make $5,000 in purchases in your first 3 months.
- Enjoy Uber VIP status and free rides in the U.S. up to $15 each month, plus a bonus $20 in December. That can be up to $200 in annual Uber savings.
- 5X Membership Rewards® points on flights booked directly with airlines or with American Express Travel.
- 5X Membership Rewards points on prepaid hotels booked on amextravel.com.
- Enjoy access to the Global Lounge Collection, the only credit card airport lounge access program that includes proprietary lounge locations around the world.
- Receive complimentary benefits with an average total value of $550 with Fine Hotels & Resorts. Learn More.
- $200 Airline Fee Credit, up to $200 per calendar year in baggage fees and more at one qualifying airline.
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- $550 annual fee.
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