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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’re looking for a getaway to the other side of the world, then this deal may be the one for you. You can fly from the West Coast to Taipei, Taiwan (TPE) for as cheap as $406 round-trip on Xiamen. And if you’re willing to shell out a bit more cash, flights to Southeast Asian destinations like Manila (MNL), Bangkok (BKK), Saigon (SGN) and Singapore (SIN) start at $500 round-trip — and those flights are operated by highly regarded carriers like EVA Air and ANA.
Use Google Flights to search for your preferred departure and destination and then book directly with the airline or an OTA like Expedia. Note that Google Flights may display a higher price in its search results than how the airfare will price on United’s website.
Airlines: Xiamen, China Airlines, United, ANA, EVA Air
Routes: LAX/SFO/EWR/LGA/ORD/SFO to TPE/MNL/BKK/SGN/SIN
Cost: $406+ round-trip in economy
Travel Dates: September-November 2018 and January-May 2019
Pay With: The Platinum Card® from American Express (5x on airfare booked directly with the airline), Citi Premier Card, Chase Sapphire Reserve, Citi Prestige (5x on airfare plus excellent trip delay insurance) or Chase Sapphire Preferred Card (2x on travel)
Booking Link: Priceline, Orbitz, Expedia or directly with the airline
Here are a few examples of what you can book:
Los Angeles (LAX) to Taipei (TPE) for $406 round-trip on Xiamen:
Los Angeles (LAX) to Manila (MNL) for $500 round-trip on China Airlines:
San Francisco (SFO) to Taipei, Taiwan (TPE) for $528 round-trip nonstop on United:
Newark (EWR) to Taipei, Taiwan (TPE) for $542 round-trip on United:
Los Angeles (LAX) to Manila (MNL) for $558 round-trip on EVA Air:
Los Angeles (LAX) to Bangkok (BKK) for $561 round-trip on China Airlines:
New York LaGuardia (LGA) to Taipei, Taiwan (TPE) for $561 round-trip on United:
Chicago (ORD) to Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam (SGN) for $569 round-trip on ANA:
Chicago (ORD) to Taipei, Taiwan (TPE) for $584 round-trip on United:
San Francisco (SFO) to Singapore (SIN) for $582 round-trip nonstop on United:
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 Premier, Citi Prestige (5x on airfare) or the Chase Sapphire Preferred Card (2x on all travel purchases). Check out this post for more on maximizing airfare purchases.
Google flights is a great way to book and compare flight costs- read more about Google Flights.
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