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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.
We’re seeing great deals to Asia from around the US, including Los Angeles (LAX), New York (JFK), Boston (BOS) and more starting at just $367 round-trip. Cheap flights are available to Kuala Lumpur (KUL), Bangkok (BKK), Beijing (PEK) and many other popular destinations. All fares are in economy and include layovers in the US or Asia. It appears that the most widespread deals are to Shanghai (PVG).
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: Air Canada, United, ANA, China Southern, China Eastern, Xiamen, Delta
Routes: JFK/EWR/LAX/LAS/SFO/ORD/PHL/BOS to PVG/BKK/PNH/SGN/KUL/PEK/HKT
Cost: $367+ round-trip in economy
Dates: September – 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 when booked directly with the airline) or Chase Sapphire Preferred Card (2x on travel)
Here are a few examples of what you can book:
Philadelphia (PHL) to Shanghai (PVG) for $367 round-trip on Air Canada:
Las Vegas (LAS) to Shanghai (PVG) for $399 round-trip on United:
Los Angeles (LAX) to Bangkok (BKK) for $419 round-trip on Xiamen:
New York (JFK) to Phnom Penh (PNH) for $423 round-trip on China Eastern:
Chicago (ORD) to Shanghai (PVG) for $451 round-trip on Alaska and Hainan:
New York (JFK) to Ho Chi Minh City (SGN) for $493 round-trip on China Eastern:
Newark (EWR) to Kuala Lumpur (KUL) for $511 round-trip on United and ANA:
Baltimore (BWI) to Beijing (PEK) for $519 round-trip on Delta:
San Francisco (SFO) to Phuket (HKT) for $532 round-trip on China Southern:
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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