Deal Alert: Flights to Middle Eastern Cities Starting at $539 Round-Trip
Update: Some offers mentioned below are no longer available. View the current offers here.
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 widespread availability from US cities like Detroit (DTW), Washington DC (IAD) and Chicago (ORD) to several Middle Eastern destinations like Beirut (BEY), Cairo (CAI) and Amman (AMM) from September through the spring of 2020. The deal was first reported by Scott's Cheap Flights. The cheap flights are available through major US, European and Middle Eastern carriers and are all in economy.
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: Delta, KLM, Air France, Royal Jordanian, Etihad, Lufthansa
Routes: DTW/IAD/ORD/BOS/JFK/LAX – Middle East
Cost: $539+ round-trip in economy
Travel 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, 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:
Detroit (DTW) to Cairo (CAI) for $539 round-trip on Air France via Delta.com:
Detroit (DTW) to Amman (AMM) for $542 round-trip on Air France via Delta.com:
Detroit (DTW) to Beirut (BEY) for $544 round-trip on Air France:
Boston (BOS) to Kuwait City (KWI) for $554 round-trip on KLM:
New York (JFK) to Amman (AMM) for $588 round-trip nonstop on Royal Jordanian:
Chicago (ORD) to Kuwait City (KWI) for $598 round-trip on Etihad:
Los Angeles (LAX) to Beirut (BEY) for $610 round-trip on Air France:
Washington DC (IAD) to Muscat (MCT) for $635 round-trip on Lufthansa:
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.