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Airfare deals are typically only available on limited dates. We recommend that you use Google Flights to find dates to fly, then book through an online travel agency, such as Orbitz, which allows you to cancel flights without penalty by 11pm Eastern Time within one day of booking. Remember: Fares may disappear quickly, so book right away and take advantage of Orbitz’s courtesy cancellation if you’re unable to travel.
Per The Flight Deal, American and US Airways are offering fares starting at $545 from New York or Philadelphia to Amsterdam.
There is solid availability between September and December, and again March through May, for Sunday through Thursday departures. These fares earn full mileage and elite qualifying miles.
Remember that after October 17, all flights will be operated by the new American — that means you won’t need to worry about ineligible codeshares if you’re hoping to apply a Systemwide Upgrade or upgrade with miles. For flights until then, be sure to book the correct marketing carrier to avoid a codeshare if you’re looking to upgrade.
On some days, you can travel on British Airways for slightly more as well, if you prefer. New York fares are available from either Newark Liberty International Airport, or LaGuardia Airport. You can also start from other cities for about $100 more, such as Dallas, Los Angeles, Miami and Chicago.
Route(s): EWR, LGA, DFW, LAX, MIA, ORD to AMS
Booking Link: Orbitz
Here are a few examples of what we found:
New York/Newark (EWR)-Amsterdam (AMS) for $545 on American (earns 7,598 miles/EQMs):
Philadelphia (PHL)-Amsterdam (AMS) for $554 on American (earns 7,440 miles and EQMs):
Don’t forget to use a credit card that earns additional points on airfare purchases, such as the American Express Premier Rewards Gold or Citi Prestige (3x on airfare) or the Chase Sapphire Preferred Card (2x on all travel purchases). Check out this post for more on maximizing airfare purchases.
If you’re able to score one of these tickets, please share the good news in the comments below!
H/T: The Flight Deal
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