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Everyone loves to visit Europe in the summer. But, if you’re able to visit Europe between September and May, you can usually get an excellent deal on flights — not to mention cheaper accommodations. And there are plenty of unique attractions that are only available in winter, such as wonderful holiday markets. Today, there’s an extra special treat: Visit Paris for Valentine’s Day with flights starting at just $390 round-trip on American Airlines, valid for departures from January through May 2017.
Airline: American Airlines
Route: MCO, DEN, ORD, BOS, IAD — Paris (CDG)
Cost: $390+ round-trip in economy
Dates: Departures between January 11 — May 10, with shorter date ranges for some cities.
Booking Link: Orbitz or Expedia
Pay With: The Platinum Card from American Express (5x on airfare), Chase Sapphire Reserve, Premier Rewards Gold Card from American Express, Citi Prestige (3x on airfare) or Chase Sapphire Preferred (2x on travel)
Here are a few examples of what you can book:
Chicago (ORD) to Paris (CDG) for $390 round-trip in May:
For the Helsinki (HEL) to Chicago (ORD) leg, you’d fly on Finnair’s A330. Here’s a review of the Finnair A330 in economy.
Orlando (MCO) to Paris (CDG) for $410 round-trip for Valentine’s Day:
Denver (DEN) to Paris (CDG) for $410 round-trip for Valentine’s Day:
Chicago (ORD) to Paris (CDG) for $423 round-trip for Valentine’s Day:
After American Airlines’ recent change to a revenue-based mileage program, you’re not going to earn many award miles from these cheap flights. But, these flights can be an excellent way of jump starting your elite mileage earnings in 2017. If you have Citi ThankYou points, you can book with miles through the Citi portal to get bonus AA award miles — while still getting the same amount of elite-qualifying miles (EQM).
If you’re able, you might want to route through Dallas (DFW) to fly to Paris (CDG), as these flights will be serviced by the brand new 787-9 Dreamliner. For now, Premium Economy seats are being sold as part of Main Cabin Extra, meaning American Airlines Platinums and Executive Platinum members can choose these seats for free at booking.
Maximize Your Purchase
Don’t forget to use a credit card that earns additional points on airfare purchases, such as the American Express Platinum Card (5x on flights booked directly with airlines or American Express Travel), Chase Sapphire Reserve, 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.
Featured image of Paris courtesy of Shutterstock.
If you’re able to score one of these tickets, please share the good news in the comments below!
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