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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.
There are a handful of routes from major US cities to two cities in Indian that are currently on sale. We’re seeing departures from Los Angeles (LAX), Boston (BOS), Chicago (ORD), Houston (IAH), New York (JFK), San Francisco (SFO) and Washington DC (IAD) to Delhi (DEL) or Mumbai (BOM) with prices starting from $412 round-trip.
Most flights should include a checked bag and seat selection. Not all route combinations are on sale, so you may have to play with Google Flights until you find a decent deals.
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. For some routes to get the absolute best price, you can search on SkyScanner and book through an OTA. Just note that it may be harder to deal with some of the smaller OTA’s if you want to change your flight or if something goes wrong.
Airline: Air China, China Eastern Airlines Qatar, United, SWISS
Routes: BOS/ORD/IAH/JFK/IAD/SFO/LAX to DEL/BOM
Cost: $412+ round-trip in economy
Dates: September through November 2019
Pay With: The Platinum Card® from American Express (5x on airfare booked directly with the airline), Citi Prestige Card (5x on airfare plus excellent 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:
Los Angeles (LAX) to Delhi (DEL) $411 round-trip on China Eastern Airlines via ExploreTrip:
Washington Dulles (IAD) to Mumbai (BOM) $568 round-trip on Air China via Expedia:
New York (JFK) to Mumbai (BOM) $608 round-trip on Air China via Expedia:
Chicago O’Hare (ORD) to Mumbai (BOM) $641 round-trip on United via Expedia:
Boston (BOS) to Delhi (DEL) $658 round-trip on SWISS/United:
San Francisco (SFO) to Delhi (DEL) $720 round-trip on United 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), Citi Prestige Card (5x on airfare on plus excellent 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.
H/T: Secret Flying
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