$40 flights to Florida, up to 40% off Hawaii hotels and more

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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.

As travel begins to pick back up, so do the deals. Each week we’ll highlight some of the best sales, cheap fares and more that we’ve spotted.

Cheap flights to Florida

We’re seeing some great nonstop round-trip deals between Newark (EWR) and Boston (BOS) to Orlando (MCO) and Miami (MIA) for as low as $40 on United Airlines.

Related: The 9 best credit cards for flying United

Note that these tickets are in basic economy, which places restrictions on seat assignment, boarding, carry-on baggage, upgrades, changes, refunds, elite earning and elite benefits. However, there are ways to defeat basic economy by holding a United co-branded credit card.



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(Photo by Zach Griff/The Points Guy)

Airlines: United

Routes: EWR/BOS to MIA/MCO

Cost: $40 round-trip in basic economy

Travel Dates: Nov. 2020 – Feb. 2021

Pay With: The Platinum Card® from American Express (5x on airfare booked directly with the airline; starting Jan. 1, 2021 earn 5x points on up to $500,000 on these purchases per calendar year), Citi Prestige® Card (5x on airfare), Citi Premier® Card (3x on airfare), Chase Sapphire Reserve (3x on travel), American Express® Gold Card (3x on airfare booked directly with the airline or amextravel.com) or Chase Sapphire Preferred Card (2x on travel)

The information for the Citi Prestige card has been collected independently by The Points Guy. The card details on this page have not been reviewed or provided by the card issuer.

Sample itineraries

Here’s a look at some of the best deals you could book. This isn’t an exhaustive list, so you may be able to find deals between other cities as well.

Newark (EWR) to Miami (MIA) for $40 round-trip nonstop on United basic economy:



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Screengrab from United

Boston (BOS) to Orlando (MCO) for $40 round-trip nonstop on United basic economy:



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Screengrab from United

How to book

There are no tricks to find these fares. Just head to Google Flights, plug in your desired departure city and your destination. Then, use the calendar function to find dates and prices that work for you and then click through to book with the airline directly or an OTA such as Expedia or Priceline.

Discounts at Hawaii hotels

Planning a vacation to Hawaii has proven quite difficult during the pandemic. However, the state reopened in mid-October and launched a pre-travel testing program.



a large pool of water: Mauna Kea Beach as seen from the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel (Photo courtesy of the resort)


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Mauna Kea Beach as seen from the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel (Photo courtesy of the resort)

If Hawaii’s in your travel plans, the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, a Marriott Bonvoy property, is offering 40% off best available cash rates for stays of 14 days or more from now through June 30, 2021. In addition to complimentary breakfast, tennis and use of beach equipment, guests will receive 50% off green fees at both the Mauna Kea and Hapuna Golf Courses, 20% off all dining purchases, complimentary parking and waived resort charges.

Also, guests staying six nights or more at The Westin Hapuna Beach Resort through December 19, 2021, can enjoy 25% off room rates, beach rentals/activities and green fees.

Cheap business class flights to South America

Ecuador is again open for Americans, and we’re seeing some cheap business class flights to Quito on Aeromexico.



a group of people flying kites in the sky: Quito, Ecuador October 2019. (Photo by Clint Henderson/The Points Guy)


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Quito, Ecuador October 2019. (Photo by Clint Henderson/The Points Guy)

All arriving passengers are required to have the results of a PCR COVID test within the last ten days prior to arrival. Those without negative COVID-19 test results will need to get a test upon arrival at their own expense and quarantine until their test results come back negative or for two weeks.

Related: Ecuador ditches quarantine

Quito and Guayaquil airports are open and have resumed normal operations. But there are special requirements if you want to use this flight to hop over to the Galapagos Islands. A negative COVID-19 test taken within 96 hours is a requirement upon arrival in Galapagos.

Airlines: Aeromexico

Routes: JFK – UIO

Cost: $694+ round-trip in Aeromexico business class

Travel Dates: Feb. 2021 – Sept. 2021

Pay With: The Platinum Card® from American Express (5x on airfare booked directly with the airline; starting Jan. 1, 2021 earn 5x points on up to $500,000 on these purchases per calendar year), Citi Prestige® Card (5x on airfare), Citi Premier® Card (3x on airfare), Chase Sapphire Reserve (3x on travel), American Express® Gold Card (3x on airfare booked directly with the airline or amextravel.com) or Chase Sapphire Preferred Card (2x on travel)

The information for the Citi Prestige card has been collected independently by The Points Guy. The card details on this page have not been reviewed or provided by the card issuer.

Sample itineraries

Here’s what you could book. This isn’t an exhaustive list, so you may be able to find deals between other cities as well.



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