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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.
After yesterday’s British Airways business and first-class fare sale, Delta and United have followed suit by discounting their own business-class fares to Europe this summer. While you can’t apply the AARP discount like you can with British Airways, the fares for business class are still quite good. You can expect to find discounted fares from a handful of US hubs to several major European gateways such as London (LHR), Paris (CDG) and Rome-Fiumicino (FCO). Search for your desired itinerary on Google Flights and then head over to the airline’s website to complete your booking.
Airlines: Delta, United and SkyTeam/Star Alliance partners
Routes: US to many destinations in Europe
Cost: $2,333+ in Business Class
Dates: Summer 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 Amsterdam (AMS) for $2,333 round-trip on Delta (earns 10,932 MQMs):
Atlanta (ATL) to Rome (FCO) for $2,554 round-trip on Delta (earns 15,106 MQMs):
Newark (EWR) to London (LHR) for $2,393 round-trip on United (earns 13,864 PQMs):
San Francisco (SFO) to Paris (CDG) for $3,036 round-trip on United (earns 22,332 PQMs):
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.
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.