Deal Alert: US Cities to Dubai and Tel Aviv From $696 Round-Trip

Jun 8, 2019

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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.

If you’ve been waiting for a good deal to the Middle East, here it is. Flights from major cities across the US, such as Boston (BOS), Chicago (ORD), New York (JFK), Los Angeles (LAX), San Francisco (SFO) and Washington DC (DCA) to Dubai (DXB) and Tel Aviv (TLV) are currently available from just $696 round-trip. The low fares are being offered by full-service airlines like Air Canada, Aeroflot and Virgin Atlantic, and are available from September 2019 to March 2020.

Your points can go a long way when it comes to booking accommodations in Dubai and Tel Aviv. Check out this guide to learn how to best optimize your points while in Dubai and this guide for Tel Aviv.

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To search for these fares, 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, through an OTA like Priceline or plug those dates into the Ultimate Rewards travel portal.

Airlines: Air Canada, British Airways, Aeroflot, SWISS, United, Virgin Atlantic
Routes: BOS/LAX/LGA/JFK/MIA to DXB/TLV
Cost: $696+ round-trip in economy
Travel Dates: September 2019 to March 2020
Pay With: The Platinum Card® from American Express (5x on airfare booked directly with the airline), Citi Prestige Card (5x on airfare plus excellent trip delay insurance),  Citi Premier® CardChase Sapphire ReserveAmerican 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:

Chicago (ORD) to Dubai (DXB) for $696 round-trip on United/Air Canada:

Boston (BOS) to Dubai (DXB) for $696 round-trip on Air Canada:

Washington DC (DCA) to Dubai (DXB) for $696 round-trip on Air Canada:

New York (JFK) to Tel Aviv (TLV) for $708 round-trip on Aeroflot:

Los Angeles (LAX) to Tel Aviv (TLV) for $796 round-trip on Virgin Atlantic:

San Francisco (SFO) to Tel Aviv (TLV) for $806 round-trip on Virgin Atlantic:

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), Citi Prestige Card (5x on airfare on plus excellent trip delay insurance), Chase Sapphire ReserveAmerican Express® Gold Card Citi Premier® Card (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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