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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 or Expedia, which allows you to cancel flights without penalty by 11pm Eastern Time within one day of booking. However, if you’re using the American Express Platinum Card, you’ll need to book directly with the airline or through the Amex Travel portal to get 5x MR points. Remember: Fares may disappear quickly, so book right away and take advantage of Orbitz or Expedia’s courtesy cancellation if you’re unable to get the time away from work or family.
Here’s an excellent deal for international travel — multiple airlines are offering flights from many US cities to Barcelona (BCN) and Madrid (MAD) from just $406 round-trip! Flights from New York, Philadelphia, Miami and Boston are all eligible for this fantastic offer, though keep in mind not all of these flights are nonstop. In fact, passengers from Philadelphia will have to complete one leg operated by Amtrak from Philadelphia’s 30th Street train station to Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) before boarding a flight to Spain. These discounted fares are available for departures from December 2016 through April 2017. Considering itineraries such as these normally sell for upwards of $800, this represents a fantastic deal to some of Europe’s most dynamic cities.
Airline: American, Delta, United, TAP Portugal
Route: US cities to BCN and MAD
Cost: $406 round-trip in economy
Dates: December – April 2017
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:
New York (JFK) to Barcelona (BCN) for $406 round-trip on TAP Portugal in February:
Boston (BOS) to Barcelona (BCN) for $406 round-trip on Delta in March:
Philadelphia (ZFV) to Madrid (MAD) for $482 round-trip on United in April:
Miami (MIA) to Madrid (MAD) for $482 round-trip on American in February:
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.
If you’re able to score one of these tickets, please share the good news in the comments below!
Featured image of Barcelona courtesy of Getty Images.
Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card
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