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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.
If you’re thinking about planning your dream trip to Asia, you’re in luck. We’re seeing great sales to Asia from US cities such as Los Angeles (LAX), Boston (BOS) and Houston (IAH) starting at just $368 round-trip. The deals are available to cities like Bangkok (BKK), Tokyo (NRT), Phuket (HKT) and even cities we don’t often see deals to, such as Seoul (ICN).
All fares are in economy, and some include long layovers in cities such as Singapore. US carriers, as well as Asian carriers, are included in the deal. Not all route combinations are discounted, so you may have to play around with your destination city to see what’s pricing low.
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 an OTA like Orbitz or Expedia.
Airline: Xiamen, Singapore, China Southern, United, ANA, Air Canada, Hainan
Routes: LAS/LAX/IAH/DFW/SEA/BOS/JFK – Asia
Cost: $368+ round-trip in economy
Dates: September 2019 – March 2020
Pay With: The Platinum Card® from American Express (5x on airfare booked directly with the airline), Citi Prestige® Card (5x on airfare), Citi Premier℠ Card, Chase Sapphire Reserve, (3x on airfare), American Express® Gold Card (3x on airfare booked directly with the airline or amextravel) or Chase Sapphire Preferred Card (2x on travel)
Here are a few examples of what you can book:
Los Angeles (LAX) to Seoul (ICN) for $368 round-trip on Xiamen:
Las Vegas (LAS) to Shanghai (PVG) for $399 round-trip on United and ANA:
New York (JFK) to Kuala Lumpur (KUL) for $473 round-trip on China Southern:
Los Angeles (LAX) to Tokyo (NRT) for $489 round-trip nonstop on Singapore:
Dallas (DFW) to Shanghai (PVG) for $489 round-trip on Alaska and Hainan:
Seattle (SEA) to Phuket (HKT) for $539 round-trip on Singapore (long layover in SIN):
Houston (IAH) to Bangkok (BKK) for $556 round-trip on ANA and United:
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), 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.
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