Deal Alert: Flights to Southeast Asia From $473 Round-Trip
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Flight prices between the US and Southeast Asia have dropped again. Today, we are finding one-stop options from major US gateways of New York JFK, Los Angeles (LAX), Chicago (ORD), Houston (IAH) and Washington DC (IAD) to destinations such as Ho Chi Minh City (SGN), Bangkok (BKK), Singapore (SIN), Kuala Lumpur (KUL) and Jakarta (CGK) from just $473 round-trip. Because it's already a very long way to Southeast Asia anyway, we are only listing one-stop itineraries.
To search, 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 or through an OTA like Priceline or Expedia.
Airline: China Eastern, Air China, United, ANA
Routes: JFK/LAX/ORD/IAH/IAD to SGN/BKK/SIN/KUL/CGK
Cost: $473+ round-trip in economy
Dates: May, August - early December 2019 and January - 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 trip delay insurance), Citi Premier® Card, Chase Sapphire Reserve, American Express® Gold Card (3x on airfare) or Chase Sapphire Preferred Card (2x on travel)
Here are a few examples of what you can book:
New York Kennedy (JFK) to Ho Chi Minh City (SGN) for $473 round-trip on China Eastern:
Los Angeles (LAX) to Bangkok (BKK) for $482 round-trip on Air China:
New York Kennedy (JFK) to Singapore (SIN) for $487 round-trip on China Eastern:
New York Kennedy (JFK) to Kuala Lumpur (KUL) for $509 round-trip on United/ANA:
New York Kennedy (JFK) to Bangkok (BKK) for $515 round-trip on United/ANA:
Chicago (ORD) to Kuala Lumpur (KUL) for $554 round-trip on United/ANA:
Houston (IAH) to Bangkok (BKK) for $554 round-trip on United/ANA:
Washington DC (IAD) to Ho Chi Minh (SGN) for $571 round-trip on United/ANA:
Los Angeles (LAX) to Jakarta (CGK) for $573 round-trip on United/ANA:
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 trip delay insurance), Chase Sapphire Reserve, American 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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H/T: Scott's Cheap Flights for NYC-Bangkok deal
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