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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 to Bali, Indonesia and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia are on sale from just $475 round-trip. You can fly from New York (JFK/EWR), San Fransisco (SFO), Los Angeles (LAX), Seattle (SEA) and Chicago (ORD) to Kuala Lumpur (KUL) or Denpasar (DPS) on full-service carriers from April through May and August through November.
Bali is a beautiful setting for an island getaway and has a wide variety of rewards hotels you can stay in that will elevate your experience. Check out our guide of four ways to spend 5 days in Bali by using 100,000 Marriott points. Options for Malaysia are pretty sweet too — check out the Westin Langkawi Resort and Spa. If you don’t have any points, you can still find plenty of great properties for reasonable cash prices.
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.
Airline: United, ANA, Philippine Airlines, China Southern, Hong Kong Airlines
Routes: JFK/SFO/LAX/ORD/SEA to KUL/DPS
Cost: $475+ round-trip
Dates: April-May and August – November
Pay With: The Platinum Card® from American Express (5x on airfare booked directly with the airline), Citi Prestige Card (5x on airfare plus excellent trip delay insurance), Citi Premier Card, Chase Sapphire Reserve, American Express® Gold Card (3x on airfare) or Chase Sapphire Preferred Card (2x on travel)
Here are some examples of what you can book:
New York (JFK) to Kuala Lumpur (KUL) for $475 round-trip on China Southern via Priceline:
New York (JFK) to Kuala Lumpur (KUL) for $509 round-trip on ANA/United:
San Fransisco (SFO) to Denpasar (DPS) for $538 round-trip on Hong Kong Airlines via Expedia:
New York (JFK) to Denpasar (DPS) for $588 round-trip on China Southern via Priceline:
Los Angeles (LAX) to Denpasar (DPS) for $640 round-trip on Philippine Airlines via Expedia:
Seattle (SEA) to Denpasar (DPS) for $675 round-trip on Singapore Airlines via Priceline:
Chicago (ORD) to Kuala Lumpur (KUL) for $683 round-trip on United/ANA:
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, 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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