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American Airlines Vacations is currently running a phenomenal sale on business-class flights to Europe when you add a hotel room to your booking. In every case, you’ll actually pay less when you include the hotel room than you would without it. Packages range in price significantly depending on destination and date of travel, since hotels are more expensive in some cities than others, but any way you look at it you’re getting an excellent value.
The cheapest package we found was to Rome next summer, at just $1,847 round-trip from New York to Rome in business class, including four nights in a three-star hotel. These examples below are with the least expensive hotel selected — the total will be higher if you select a pricier hotel. Additionally, you can earn 25,000 bonus miles per round-trip through AA’s current promo, in addition to American’s premium-cabin bonus that runs through the end of 2015.
Airline(s): American Airlines or British Airways
Route(s): Many cities in the US to many cities in Europe
Cost: $1,850-$2,350 round-trip in business, including hotel
Dates: September 2015 through August 2016
Elite Mileage Earning: At least 10,320 elite-qualifying points
Fare Class: I
Booking Link: American Airlines Vacations
Pay With: American Express Premier Rewards Gold, Citi Prestige or Chase Sapphire Preferred
Here are a few examples of flights we found:
New York (JFK) to Rome (FCO) on American Airlines for $1,847:
You’ll pay $1,000 more to book this same flight without a hotel:
New York (JFK) to London (LHR) on American Airlines for $2,146:
Chicago (ORD) to Paris (CDG) on American Airlines for $2,245:
Los Angeles (LAX) to London (LHR) on American Airlines for $2,361:
Maximize Your Purchase
Don’t forget to use a credit card that earns additional points on airfare purchases, such as the American Express Premier Rewards Gold (3x on airfare) or the Chase Sapphire Preferred Card (2x on all travel purchases). Check out this post for more on maximizing airfare purchases.
Planning a trip to Europe? Chime in below to let us know what deals you’ve found! Even after the introduction of the Chase Sapphire Reserve, the Chase Sapphire Preferred is still a fantastic choice if you want to avoid the Reserve’s $450 annual fee, earn 2x on all travel & dining and earn a 50,000 point sign up bonus.
Even after the introduction of the Chase Sapphire Reserve, the Chase Sapphire Preferred is still a fantastic choice if you want to avoid the Reserve’s $450 annual fee, earn 2x on all travel & dining and earn a 50,000 point sign up bonus.