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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. Additionally, keep in mind that discounted partner fares may not earn miles with US-based carriers.
Travelers originating in Chicago (ORD) and New York (EWR and JFK) can currently snag some fantastic Star Alliance fares to Budapest, operated by LOT Polish Airlines, Lufthansa, Swiss and other carriers. The cheapest fares we found start from $490 round-trip on flights with a connection in Warsaw on LOT, although these could include a long layover (at least 4-5 hours), however you can save a few hours on your trip by booking tickets operated by other Star Alliance carriers from around $530 round-trip. There’s plenty of availability between January and March.
Airlines: LOT Polish, Lufthansa, Swiss and more
Routes: NYC and ORD to BUD
Cost: $490-$540+ round-trip in economy
Dates: January 2016 through March 2016
Booking Link: Orbitz
Pay With: American Express Premier Rewards Gold, Citi Prestige or Chase Sapphire Preferred
Here are a few examples of what you can book:
New York (JFK) to Budapest (BUD) for $490 on LOT Polish:
Chicago (ORD) to Budapest (BUD) for $490 on LOT Polish:
Newark (EWR) to Budapest (BUD) for $538 on Swiss:
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 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.
H/T: The Flight Deal
If you’re able to score one of these tickets, please share the good news in the comments below! 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.