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

August 7 2022
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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.

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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

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.

Featured photo by Getty Images/iStockphoto
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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The Marriott Bonvoy Business Amex is a stacked card with a rewards rate that will help you earn bonus points on everyday and business-related purchases. You'll earn 15 elite night credits each calendar year, and receive automatic Gold elite status. Finally, the free night award certificate with a redemption level of 35,000 points or less can get you hundreds of dollars in potential value each year.

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