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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):

New York (JFK) to Amsterdam (AMS) for $2,333 round-trip on Delta.

Atlanta (ATL) to Rome (FCO) for $2,554 round-trip on Delta (earns 15,106 MQMs):

Atlanta (ATL) to Rome (FCO) for $2,554 round-trip on Delta.

Newark (EWR) to London (LHR) for $2,393 round-trip on United (earns 13,864 PQMs):

Newark (EWR) to London (LHR) for $2,393 round-trip on United.

San Francisco (SFO) to Paris (CDG) for $3,036 round-trip on United (earns 22,332 PQMs):

San Francisco (SFO) to Paris (CDG) for $3,036 round-trip on United.

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.

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Chase Sapphire Preferred Card

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More Things to Know
  • Earn 50,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. That's $625 toward travel when you redeem through Chase Ultimate Rewards®
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  • No foreign transaction fees
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  • Get 25% more value when you redeem for airfare, hotels, car rentals and cruises through Chase Ultimate Rewards. For example, 50,000 points are worth $625 toward travel
  • No blackout dates or travel restrictions - as long as there's a seat on the flight, you can book it through Chase Ultimate Rewards
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Regular APR
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Annual Fee
Introductory Annual Fee of $0 the first year, then $95
Balance Transfer Fee
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