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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.
Puerto Rico is rebuilding nicely, so can book one of these super-cheap fares to the re-establishing Caribbean island. Because Puerto Rico is a US territory, you won’t need your passport for this getaway if you are a US citizen. These discounted rates are available from several dozen US cities and are widely available through the end of the year. The lowest fares are available on budget airlines, but even full-service carriers are offering significant savings on their usual prices for these itineraries. Southwest, which doesn’t share its prices on Google Flights, is matching the sale from many cities, with rates starting from $98 one-way.
Airline: Frontier, Spirit, American, Delta, Southwest, United
Routes: MIA/FLL/ATL/SEA/BWI/ABQ/TPA to SJU
Cost: $98+ round-trip
Dates: August 2018 to February 2019
Booking Link: Orbitz, Expedia or directly with the airline
Pay With: The American Express Platinum Card (5x on airfare), Chase Sapphire Reserve, American Express® Gold Card, Citi Prestige (3x on airfare plus excellent trip delay insurance) or Chase Sapphire Preferred (2x on travel)
Miami (MIA) to San Juan, Puerto Rico (SJU) in August for $97 nonstop round-trip on Frontier:
Fort Lauderdale (FLL) to San Juan, Puerto Rico (SJU) in August for $136 nonstop round-trip on Spirit:
Atlanta (ATL) to San Juan, Puerto Rico (SJU) in November for $169 nonstop round-trip on Frontier:
Tampa (TPA) to San Juan, Puerto Rico (SJU) in November for $197 round-trip on Southwest:
New York (JFK) to San Juan, Puerto Rico (SJU) in September for $209 round-trip on Delta in regular economy:
Seattle (SEA) to San Juan, Puerto Rico (SJU) in October for $224 round-trip on American in regular economy:
Baltimore (BWI) to San Juan, Puerto Rico (SJU) in December for $236 round-trip on Delta in regular economy:
Albuquerque (ABQ) to San Juan, Puerto Rico (SJU) in February for $266 round-trip on United in regular economy:
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, American Express® Gold Card 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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