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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.
Want a beach vacation but you’ve been to Hawaii too many times already on all the recent flight deals? How about another amazing destination where you don’t need a passport to visit: the US Virgin Islands! Despite the devastation that the islands endured last hurricane season, the US Virgin Islands are open for tourism and they need your support.
You can fly from Newark (EWR), Miami (MIA), Los Angeles (LAX), Tampa (TPA), Orlando (MCO), Richmond (RIC), New York (JFK/LGA), Baltimore (BWI), Washington DC (IAD/DCA) and San Diego (SAN) to either St. Thomas (STT) or St. Croix (STX) for as little as $178 round-trip.
Beware that some of these deals are available during hurricane season. This means that it’s even more critical to put the purchase on a card that offers trip delay and cancellation coverage such as the Citi ThankYou Premier Card.
There are no tricks to find these fares. Use Google Flights to search for your preferred departure and destination and then book through Orbitz, Expedia or directly with the airline. If you want to make sure that your ticket includes a carry-on bag, you can use Google Flights’ newest feature, which allows you to filter out no-carry-on fares.
Airlines: American, JetBlue, Delta
Routes: EWR/MIA/LAX/TPA/MCO/RIC/JFK/BWI/IAD/DCA/SAN to STT/STX
Cost: $178+ round-trip in economy
Dates: September-May 2019
Booking Link: Orbitz, Expedia or directly with the airline
Pay With: The Platinum Card® from American Express (5x on airfare), Citi ThankYou Premier Card, 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:
Miami (MIA) to St. Thomas (STT) in September for $179 round-trip nonstop on American:
Tampa (TPA) to St. Croix (STX) in January for $226 round-trip on American:
Orlando (MCO) to St. Thomas (STT) in September for $245 round-trip on JetBlue:
Richmond (RIC) to St. Thomas (STT) in October for $248 round-trip on American:
Boston (BOS) to St. Thomas (STT) in November for $252 round-trip on Delta:
New York Kennedy (JFK) to St. Croix (STX) in November for $263 round-trip on JetBlue:
Baltimore (BWI) to St. Thomas (STT) in November for $269 round-trip on American:
San Diego (SAN) to St. Thomas (STT) in September for $301 round-trip on American:
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, Citi ThankYou Premier, 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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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.
- Terms Apply.
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