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American Airlines is offering roundtrip economy flights starting at $262 from various cities across the United States to Belize City. Available travel dates span mostly from December ’17 through February ’18, but I saw some travel dates as early as this month through the end of the calendar.
- What city pairs are available?
- When are the cheap fares?
- Mileage Earning
- Baggage Allowance
- Best Credit Card to Buy the Ticket
Available City Pairs
You’ll find the the cheap fares to Belize ($362+ roundtrip) between…
- New York
- San Francisco
- Washington, D.C.
When are the cheap fares?
The easiest way to see the cheap fares is on Google Flights. The most available travel dates are in December, 2017, and January and February, 2018, but there are random travel dates scattered throughout the calendar for the cheap price. Secret Flying has many example travel dates listed that they found.
I brought up this calendar of roundtrip prices between San Diego and Maui on Google Flights.
You can’t purchase tickets directly on Google Flights, but after choosing an outbound and return flight you will be given links to follow to buy on American’s website.
You need to know the fare class when looking up how many redeemable miles cash flights earn, which you can find using ITA Matrix. This American flight is fare class O.
Without status, you’ll earn a sad 650 American Airlines for this ticket (base fare, which you can also find on ITA Matrix, x 5). If you have status you’d earn more.
Or you could credit to Alaska Mileage Plan instead and earn more miles, depending on which route you fly. For example, if you fly San Francisco > (connection in Miami) > Belize City, Belize City > (connection in Dallas) > San Francisco, you’d earn 1,500 Alaska miles.
I’d take 1,500 Alaska miles over 650 American miles ANY day.
To look at options crediting redeemable miles to other oneworld programs, check out Where to Credit Butt in Seat Miles: Flying American Airlines.
Wheretocredit.com is also a valuable tool to bookmark for help figuring out where to credit your redeemable miles earned for a cash ticket.
Don’t worry, this isn’t a basic economy fare.
You get a free personal item and free carry on (max dimensions of 22 x 14 x 9 inches). The first checked bag will be $25.
Best Way to Buy the Ticket
Buy this ticket with the Barclaycard Arrival Plus. The card comes with 50,000 Arrival miles after spending $3,000 on the card in the first three months. Arrival miles can be redeemed for 1 cent each toward any travel expense, so the bonus alone will more than cover this roundtrip to Belize. Learn How to Redeem Arrival Miles.
With the Arrival Plus, you don’t even have to wait to meet the minimum spending requirement before you spend the miles. Open an Arrival Plus, put whatever cash tickets on the card you want now to help you meet the minimum spending requirement, and then redeem Arrival miles within 120 days to offset the charges. Buy your ticket to Belize on the Arrival Plus to help meet your minimum spending requirement you’ll still get all your money back for it if you redeem your Arrival miles on the charges later.
Don’t have the Arrival Plus card? Put it on whatever card you have travel statement credits for, like the Sapphire Reserve or Citi Prestige. Don’t have any travel statements credits to earn? Check out the Best Credit Card to Buy Airfare if you’re concerned with earning more rewards. Check out our series on the travel protection benefits of popular rewards cards if you’re more concerned with travel insurance.
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Hat Tip Secret Flying