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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.

Flights on major Chinese carriers to Thailand are on sale. You can fly from Los Angeles (LAX), San Francisco (SFO), New York (JFK) and Houston (IAH) to Bangkok (BKK) from $426 round-trip. Bangkok is a great jumping off point for other Thai destinations like Chiang Mai and Phuket — flights on budget carriers can easily be found for under $40 round-trip.

China Southern and China Eastern are SkyTeam carriers and Air China is a part of Star Alliance — meaning these flights could be great mileage runs and rack up a whole lot of Delta MQMs or United PQMs.

If you’re looking to do some exploring, check out Get Your Guide for a list of the best activities in Bangkok — and make sure you avoid these common tourists mistakes in the city.

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. For some of the routes, you may have to click through and wait for Google to load the lower price.

Airlines: China Southern, China Eastern, Air China, Xiamen
Routes: LAX/SFO/JFK/IAH to BKK
Cost: $426+ round-trip in economy
Travel Dates: November 2018 — March 2019
Pay With: The Platinum Card® from American Express (5x on airfare booked directly with the airline), Citi Premier CardChase Sapphire ReserveAmerican Express® Gold CardCiti Prestige (3x on airfare plus excellent trip delay insurance) or Chase Sapphire Preferred (2x on travel)
Booking Link: PricelineOrbitzExpedia or directly with the airline

Here are a few examples of what you can book:

San Francisco (SFO) to Bangkok (BKK) for $426 round-trip on China Eastern via Expedia:

Los Angeles (LAX) to Bangkok (BKK) for $440 round-trip on Air China via Expedia:

Los Angeles (LAX) to Bangkok (BKK) for $462 round-trip on China Eastern via Expedia:

New York (JFK) to Bangkok (BKK) for $474 round-trip on China Eastern via Expedia:

Houston (IAH) to Bangkok (BKK) for $550 round-trip on Air China via Expedia:

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 ReserveAmerican Express® Gold CardCiti PremierCiti 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.

H/T: Scott’s Cheap Flights

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American Express® Gold Card

With some great bonus categories, the American Express Gold Card has a lot going for it. The card offers 4x points at US restaurants, at US supermarkets (up to $25,000; then 1x), and 3x points on flights booked directly with airlines or through amextravel.com. It is currently offering a welcome bonus of 35,000 bonus points after you spend $2,000 in the first three months.

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  • Earn 35,000 Membership Rewards® Points after you spend $2,000 on eligible purchases with your new Card within the first 3 months.
  • Earn 4X Membership Rewards® points at U.S. restaurants. Earn 4X Membership Rewards® points at U.S. supermarkets (on up to $25,000 per year in purchases, then 1X).
  • Earn 3X Membership Rewards® points on flights booked directly with airlines or on amextravel.com.
  • Earn up to $10 in statement credits monthly when you pay with The Gold Card at Grubhub, Seamless, The Cheesecake Factory, Shake Shack, and Ruth's Chris Steak House. This is an annual savings of up to $120. Enrollment required.
  • $100 Airline Fee Credit: up to $100 in statement credits per calendar year for incidental fees at one selected qualifying airline.
  • Choose to carry a balance with interest on eligible charges of $100 or more.
  • No Foreign Transaction Fees.
  • Annual Fee is $250.
  • Terms apply.
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