Deal Alert: 2-in-1 Flights to Asia Starting at $639, Business Class Starting at $2,609
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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.
Saving money on round-trip tickets is great, but saving money on 2-in-1 deals is even better. We’re seeing excellent availability on multi-city bookings out of cities like Los Angeles (LAX), Newark (EWR) and Chicago (ORD) to two cities in Asia, starting at just $639 round-trip in the fall. You’ll need to play around with cities and dates to get the best deals, but we were able to find cities such as Bangkok (BKK), Kuala Lumpur (KUL) and Jakarta (CGK). The New York to Tokyo to Bangkok deal was first reported by Secret Flying.
We also found a great business class deal from Chicago to Beijing and then Bangkok starting at just $2,609. All legs are in Hainan’s business class which, as TPG’s Javi Rodriguez noted recently, has a reputation for great service and is a solid business class product.
There may be deals to cities that aren’t listed below, so you can play around with Google Flights’ explore tool to see what’s available.
To search, head to Priceline or Expedia.
Airline: ANA, Hainan, EVA Air
Routes: JFK/LAX/SFO/ORD to BKK/KUL/PEK/NRT/HND/CGK/TPE/SGN/EWR
Cost: $639+ round-trip in economy
Dates: September – November
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) or Chase Sapphire Preferred Card (2x on travel)
Here are a few examples of what you can book:
Newark (EWR) to Tokyo (NRT) to Bangkok (BKK) for $639 round-trip on ANA via United:
San Francisco (SFO) to Tokyo (NRT) to Bangkok (BKK) for $655 round-trip on ANA via United:
Los Angeles (LAX) to Tokyo (HND) to Kuala Lumpur (KUL) for $682 round-trip on ANA via United:
Chicago (ORD) to Tokyo (NRT) to Bangkok (BKK) for $703 round-trip on ANA via United:
Los Angeles (LAX) to Taipei (TPE) to Ho Chi Minh City (SGN) for $746 round-trip on EVA Air:
Chicago (ORD) to Beijing (PEK) to Bangkok (BKK) for $2,609 round-trip on Hainan in Business Class:
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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