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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.
It’s prime to take book that bucket list trip to Africa and go on Safari. Flights to multiple African destinations are on sale, with prices starting at $532 round-trip. You can fly from Los Angeles (LAX), Newark (EWR), Washington, DC (IAD) and Boston (BOS) to Dar es Salaam (DAR), Cape Town (CPT), Johannesburg (JNB) and Nairobi (NBO).
Flights are mostly operated by United or SWISS, both Star Alliance carriers that could bring you some United miles on your flight. Qatar, which is known for its fantastic economy product also has decent fares from Boston. Most itineraries have just one short stop while a few others have longer layovers. Flights include seat selection, free checked bags and a meal.
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: United, SWISS, Qatar
Routes: LAX/EWR/IAD/BOS to DAR/CPT/JNB/NBO
Cost: $532+ round-trip in economy
Travel Dates: March to April, August to November
Pay With: The Platinum Card® from American Express (5x on airfare booked directly with the airline), Citi Prestige Card (5x on airfare on plus excellent trip delay insurance), Citi Premier Card, Chase Sapphire Reserve Card, 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 Cape Town (CPT) for $532 round-trip nonstop on United/SWISS:
Washington (IAD) to Dar es Salaam (DAR) for $552 round-trip on United/SWISS:
Newark (EWR) to Dar es Salaam (DAR) for $552 round-trip on United/SWISS:
Washington DC (IAD) to Nairobi (NBO) for $567 round-trip on United/SWISS:
Boston (BOS) to Johannesburg (JNB) for $681 round-trip on Qatar via Priceline:
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 Card, 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: The Flight Deal
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