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Fly from 4 US cities all the way to Dubai for under $600!
This is a fantastic deal, so book soon if you’re interested!
How to Book It
Link: ITA Matrix
Link: Google Flights
Here’s how to use Google Flights to find sale dates.
If you book a ticket with an online travel agency like Orbitz or Expedia, you may be eligible for a refund within a short time of booking your ticket. Check out my post on cancellation policies for airlines and online travel agencies for more details!
Note: You can cancel a Delta reservation within 24 hours of booking and get a full refund.
What’s the Deal?
- New York
- Washington, DC
You’ll get the best deal if you depart before early February. And the price is slightly more if you fly on Delta partners Air France or KLM. That said, there are terrific deals through April, and most tickets are under $600.
I was able to find round-trip flights from Boston to Dubai for ~$589 round-trip! And when I checked for a February trip, temperatures were near the 80s. So this is perfect for folks who want a break from snow and cold weather.
Be sure to purchase your ticket at least 7 days in advance to get the deal.
Remember, if you pay with the Gold Delta SkyMiles Credit Card from American Express, you’ll earn 2X Delta miles per $1 spent on Delta flights!
What If You’re Not in an Included City?
You can cheaply get to Boston, Chicago, New York, or Washington, DC, by using points (like British Airways Avios points) to get there.
British Airways Avios points are great for short-haul flights. Because it only costs 4,500 British Airways Avios points 1-way in coach for flights less than 649 miles (until February 3, 2016), and 7,500 British Airways Avios points for flights up to 1,149 miles.
Or if you have the Southwest Companion Pass, you could fly to these cities very cheaply. That’s because with the Companion Pass, your companion flies with you for almost free on both paid and award tickets.
Or you could try to find a cheap paid ticket from your home airport to 1 of the sale cities. But run the numbers to see what makes sense for you!
Which Card to Use?
Remember to pay with a card that will earn you bonus points for your ticket:
- Premier Rewards Gold Card From American Express – 3X American Express Membership Rewards points when booking directly with airlines
- The Business Gold Rewards Card from American Express OPEN – 3X American Express Membership Rewards points for booking directly with airlines when you choose this as your 3X category (otherwise 2X points)
- Gold Delta SkyMiles Credit Card from American Express, 2X Delta miles per $1 spent on Delta flights
- Chase Sapphire Preferred – 2X Chase Ultimate Rewards points on travel
- Citi Prestige – 3X Citi ThankYou points on airfare
- Citi ThankYou Premier Card – 3X Citi ThankYou points on travel
Get Free Hotel Nights With These Cards
If you book a cheap flight, remember there are lots of ways to get cheap or free hotel rooms with points from credit card bonuses and spending!
Remember, you can transfer flexible points like Chase Ultimate Rewards or American Express Membership Rewards to different hotel programs.
Note: Folks who want to book paid stays could check out discount sites like Orbitz, Expedia, or TravelPony for deals. But remember you won’t get stay credits or points (and might not have your elite status recognized).
Under $600 for round-trip flights to Dubai is a great deal!
Fly from Boston, Chicago, New York, or Washington, DC, to Dubai starting at ~$569 round-trip in coach on Delta.
Travel until April, and be sure to purchase your tickets at least 7 days in advance. You’ll get the best price if you travel before early February. But I found seats through April for under $600.
This is a great way to travel far for cheap. Let me know if you plan a trip to Dubai!