Deal Alert: West Coast to Taipei From $490 Round-Trip
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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.
Flights from Los Angeles (LAX), San Fransisco (SFO), Denver (DEN), Portland (PDX), Las Vegas (LAS), San Diego (SAN) and Seattle (SEA) to Taipei (TPE) are available starting from $490 round-trip on mainline carriers. All flights include a checked bag, carry-on bag and seat assignment. One of these fares include an extended layover in Shanghai, but here’s a guide on how to make the most of your time while you’re in the city.
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, Orbitz or Expedia.
Airlines: Air Canada, United, China Eastern
Routes: LAX/SFO/DEN/PDX/LAS/SAN/SEA to TPE
Cost: $490+ round-trip in economy
Travel Dates: October 2018 – April 2019
Pay With: The Platinum Card® from American Express (5x on airfare booked directly with the airline), Citi Premier® Card, Chase Sapphire Reserve, American Express® Gold Card, Citi Prestige (5x on airfare plus excellent trip delay insurance) or Chase Sapphire Preferred Card (2x on travel)
Booking Link: Priceline, Orbitz, Expedia or directly with the airline
Here are a few examples of what you can book:
San Fransisco (SFO) to Taipei (TPE) for $490 round-trip nonstop on United:
Denver (DEN) to Taipei (TPE) for $521 round-trip on Air Canada via Priceline:
Portland (PDX) to Taipei (TPE) for $532 round-trip on Air Canada via Priceline:
Las Vegas (LAS) to Taipei (TPE) for $535 round-trip on United:
Seattle (SEA) to Taipei (TPE) for $544 round-trip on Air Canada via Priceline:
San Diego (SAN) to Taipei (TPE) for $547 round-trip on United:
Los Angeles (LAX) to Taipei (TPE) for $566 round-trip on China Eastern via Expedia:
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), Chase Sapphire Reserve, American Express® Gold Card, Citi Premier, Citi Prestige (5x 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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