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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.

While it’s getting harder and harder to complete mileage runs, they are still alive. Here’s a great opportunity for Delta flyers to earn a big chunk of Medallion Qualifying Miles and Medallion Qualifying Dollars toward either this year’s or next year’s elite status. Flights on Aeromexico in business class credit to Delta earning 150% MQMs per distance flown and 40% of MQD’s for distance flown. So if you were flying from New York (JFK) to Quito (UIO), a 8,068 mile round-trip journey, you’d earn 12,102 MQMs and 3,227 MQDs.

Flights are available from New York (JFK), Los Angeles (LAX), San Francisco (SFO), Chicago (ORD), Dallas (DFW) and Las Vegas (LAS) starting from $860 round-trip.

Some flights are operated by Aeromexico’s Dreamliner, which features lie-flat seats in business. In fact, TPG‘s Nick Ellis flew the product in June when a similar deal appeared earlier this year. Other routes use an Aeromexico 737, which features normal business-class recliner seats.

Business class on Aeromexico’s 787 Dreamliner. Photo by Nick Ellis / The Points Guy.

If you’re looking to do some exploring, check out Get Your Guide for a list of the best activities in Quito.

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.

Airlines: Aeromexico
Cost: $859+ round-trip
Travel Dates: November 2018 — October 2019
Pay With: The Platinum Card® from American Express (5x on airfare booked directly with the airline), Citi Premier CardChase Sapphire ReserveAmerican Express® Gold Card, Citi Prestige (5x on airfare plus excellent trip delay insurance) or Chase Sapphire Preferred Card (2x on travel)

Here are a few examples of what you can book:

New York (JFK) to Quito (UIO) for $859 round-trip on Aeromexico:

Los Angeles (LAX) to Quito (UIO) for $863 round-trip on Aeromexico:

Chicago (ORD) to Quito (UIO) for $876 round-trip on Aeromexico:

Las Vegas (LAS) to Quito (UIO) for $894 round-trip on Aeromexico:

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 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.

H/T: Thrifty Traveler Premium

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