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Visit Thailand from Los Angeles, NYC and San Francisco from $763 round trip

Aug. 07, 2022
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Visit Thailand from Los Angeles, NYC and San Francisco from $763 round trip
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Flights to Thailand are on sale now for the first time in months. Itineraries from various U.S. cities, such as Chicago, New York City, Los Angeles and San Francisco are part of this deal. We found round-trip fares as low as $763. The sale involves travel to and from Phuket and Bangkok, one of the cities TPG has told you is a great place to redeem points for luxury hotels.

While this sale offers some nice discounts, keep in mind that some routes involve long layovers and occasionally two stops. So once you find the right itinerary, think about how to maximize your time by leaving the airport and doing a brief exploration during your layover.

This deal is for economy fares, but you won't have to pay extra to check a bag. Singapore Airlines and ANA allow you up to two free checked bags. Once you find flights you like, reach out to the airline or check online for the carrier's baggage policy before you book.

The best availability for this sale is for travel between September and November this year, with the Thanksgiving holiday included on some routes. However, you can also find good sales between January and June 2023, so some travel patience could really pay off here.

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Thanks to Scott’s Cheap Flights for first alerting us to this deal. Its Premium membership is available for $49 per year, while the Elite tier option is available for $199 per year. The latter offers access to deals on premium economy, business- and first-class tickets.

As always, be as flexible with your travel plans as possible, as it'll typically help you find better prices.

Deal basics

Airlines: Air Canada, ANA, Singapore Airlines.
Routes: Chicago, Los Angeles, New York City, San Francisco and Seattle to Bangkok and Phuket, Thailand.
How to book: Search Google Flights and book directly with the airline.
Travel dates: September through June 2023; some routes include Thanksgiving.

A paraglider over the sea in Phuket. (Photo by Elvijs Akuls/Getty Images)

Related: 9 of the best hotels in Phuket, Thailand

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Sample flights

You can book a flight on Singapore Airlines out of New York City's John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) to Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK) in Bangkok in April for $763 round trip. You'll make two stops, one in Frankfurt and another in Singapore.

(Screenshot from Google Flights)

Singapore also has round-trip flights from New York City to Phuket International Airport (HKT) in May for the same $763 price. Again, this itinerary comes with two stops each way, in Frankfurt and Singapore.

(Screenshot from Google Flights)

Flights from San Francisco International Airport (SFO) to Bangkok in early 2023 can be booked on ANA for $833 round trip. Note that this route only has one stop each way.

(Screenshot from Google Flights)

We found good availability for this same San Francisco to Bangkok flight on ANA in April for $842 round trip.

(Screenshot from Google Flights)

You can also fly from San Francisco to Phuket in October on Singapore Airlines for $839 round trip. October was the only time we still found good availability for this route at this price, so don't wait too long to book this one.

(Screenshot courtesy of Google Flights)

You can book an economy ticket from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) to Bangkok for $826 round trip. We found good availability for this itinerary in the spring at this price.

(Screenshot from Google Flights)

Here is an absolutely fantastic price we stumbled across in this deal. Air Canada has standard economy tickets from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA) to Bangkok in May for just $907 round trip. You have two layovers going each way -- Vancouver, British Columbia, and Tokyo -- but that is a really good price for this route.

(Screenshot from Google Flights)

Related: The best ways to get to Thailand with points and miles

Maximize your purchase

Pay with: The Platinum Card® from American Express for 5 points per dollar on airfare booked directly with the airline or through American Express Travel (on up to $500,000 on these purchases per calendar year), the Citi Prestige® Card for 5 points per dollar on airfare, the Citi Premier® Card or Chase Sapphire Reserve for 3 points per dollar on air travel, the American Express® Gold Card for 3 points per dollar on airfare when booked directly with the airline or through Amex Travel, or the Chase Sapphire Preferred Card for 2 points per dollar on travel.

The information for the Citi Prestige Card has been collected independently by The Points Guy. The card details on this page have not been reviewed or provided by the card issuer.

Bottom line

This is a good way to plan a trip to Thailand far in advance and lock in good fare. The further out you look, the better availability you'll find.

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Editorial disclaimer: Opinions expressed here are the author’s alone, not those of any bank, credit card issuer, airline or hotel chain, and have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by any of these entities.

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Rewards

2 - 10X points
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75,000 bonus miles
Earn 75,000 bonus miles when you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening, equal to $750 in travel

Annual Fee

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740-850
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  • Excellent welcome offer worth 75,000 miles after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first three months.
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  • 10,000 bonus miles (worth $100 toward travel) each account anniversary.

Cons

  • The $395 annual fee might be expensive for some, but this card’s benefits provide much more value than that.
  • If you don’t travel frequently, this might not be the best card for you.
  • Earn 75,000 bonus miles when you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening, equal to $750 in travel
  • Receive up to $300 back annually as statement credits for bookings through Capital One Travel, where you'll get Capital One's best prices on thousands of options
  • Get 10,000 bonus miles (equal to $100 towards travel) every year, starting on your first anniversary
  • Earn unlimited 10X miles on hotels and rental cars booked through Capital One Travel and 5X miles on flights booked through Capital One Travel
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  • Use your Venture X miles to easily cover travel expenses, including flights, hotels, rental cars and more—you can even transfer your miles to your choice of 15+ travel loyalty programs
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  • Earn 10 miles per dollar when you book on Turo, the world's largest car sharing marketplace, through May 16, 2023
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4 / 5
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Rewards Rate

10XEarn unlimited 10X miles on hotels and rental cars booked through Capital One Travel
5X5X miles on flights booked through Capital One Travel.
2X2 Miles per dollar on every purchase, every day
  • Intro Offer
    Earn 75,000 bonus miles when you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening, equal to $750 in travel

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    $395
  • Recommended Credit
    Credit ranges are a variation of FICO© Score 8, one of many types of credit scores lenders may use when considering your credit card application.

    740-850
    Excellent

Why We Chose It

The Capital One Venture X card is one of the best all-round travel credit cards ever launched. Not only is it offering a tremendous welcome bonus, but cardholders can earn tons of miles on everyday spending and receive a 10,000-mile anniversary bonus to boot. Its annual fee is $395, but cardholders can count on up to $300 in statement credits toward travel booked through Capital One Travel each year and other valuable benefits like access to Priority Pass lounges and Capital One’s own growing family of airport lounges.

Pros

  • Excellent welcome offer worth 75,000 miles after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first three months.
  • Up to $300 in annual travel statement credits toward bookings make through Capital One Travel.
  • 10,000 bonus miles (worth $100 toward travel) each account anniversary.

Cons

  • The $395 annual fee might be expensive for some, but this card’s benefits provide much more value than that.
  • If you don’t travel frequently, this might not be the best card for you.
  • Earn 75,000 bonus miles when you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening, equal to $750 in travel
  • Receive up to $300 back annually as statement credits for bookings through Capital One Travel, where you'll get Capital One's best prices on thousands of options
  • Get 10,000 bonus miles (equal to $100 towards travel) every year, starting on your first anniversary
  • Earn unlimited 10X miles on hotels and rental cars booked through Capital One Travel and 5X miles on flights booked through Capital One Travel
  • Earn unlimited 2X miles on all other purchases
  • Unlimited complimentary access for you and two guests to 1,300+ lounges, including Capital One Lounges and the Partner Lounge Network
  • Receive up to a $100 credit for Global Entry or TSA PreCheck®
  • Use your Venture X miles to easily cover travel expenses, including flights, hotels, rental cars and more—you can even transfer your miles to your choice of 15+ travel loyalty programs
  • Named editors' choice for "Best New Credit Card of 2021" by The Points Guy
  • Earn 10 miles per dollar when you book on Turo, the world's largest car sharing marketplace, through May 16, 2023