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Update: Unfortunately Air Serbia has pulled the fare, roughly 40 minutes after we published. Congrats to anyone who was able to book this deal!
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Air Serbia is currently offering absolutely incredible fares on its new nonstop flight from JFK. We had an opportunity to tour the airline’s A330, and you can expect a pretty comfy ride to Eastern Europe. Economy seats are in a 2-4-2 configuration, which is great for couples. These $149 round-trip fares are available nearly every day from September through the beginning of April 2017.
Book quickly and cancel for free within 24 hours if you’re not able to travel. It’s possible that this is a mistake fare, in which case Air Serbia could (but likely won’t) cancel your tickets, so I’d avoid booking nonrefundable hotels. You can also score cheap fares to many other Eastern European destinations, some of which you’ll see listed below. These appear to be “T” fares, in which case you’ll earn 25% miles (at least 2,250 miles for the round-trip) when crediting to Etihad Guest.
Airline: Air Serbia
Route: NYC to Belgrade, Bucharest, Sofia, Podgorica and more
Cost: $149+ round-trip in economy
Dates: September 2016 – April 2017
Booking Link: Expedia
Pay With: American Express Premier Rewards Gold, Citi Prestige or Chase Sapphire Preferred
Here are some examples of what you can book:
New York (JFK) to Belgrade (BEG) for $149 round-trip on Air Serbia:
New York (JFK) to Sofia (SOF) for $227 round-trip on Air Serbia:
New York (JFK) to Podgorica (TGD) for $227 round-trip on Air Serbia:
New York (JFK) to Bucharest (OTP) for $228 round-trip on Air Serbia:
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!
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