Deal Alert: Low Fares To Europe on Delta and United – Houston IAH – Athens ATH As Low As $682 Roundtrip

Jan 14, 2014

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Fare Deal Alert just reported on some decently low fares on a combination of Delta, Air France and/or KLM, and on United/Aegean from Houston IAH to Athens ATH roundtrip via a variety of airports including Athens, Paris and Amsterdam, with some airfares coming in as low as $682 roundtrip.

It looks like these fares are good from January 19 through the end of February according to what I could find on the ITA Matrix:

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You can use the flexible search option to see a calendar of dates with low fares, as well as what stays of various lengths would cost – for instance anywhere from 3-8 nights. You can’t book via ITA, but it will help identify the dates with low fares and then you can book via your preferred online travel agency or airline website. That’s actually a good thing in this case, because it means you can book directly on and and earn Medallion Qualifying Dollars and Premier Qualifying Dollars by doing so – the new revenue requirements that both airlines have put in place for elite qualification this year – and when I searched, I was able to find these low fares on both United and Delta’s websites.

On, for instance, I found the following itinerary (one of many for the same dates in February, and on surrounding days as well) where you would fly out from Houston to Atlanta, then on to Paris and finally to Athens. The return would be Athens to Amsterdam, then Amsterdam to Houston.

Screen shot 2014-01-14 at 9.10.40 AMThe ticket is in the V fare class, which earns 100% mileage and MQM’s, so you’d be earning 12,764 miles for $689 – about 5.4 cents per mile and MQM.

And for instance this United itinerary flies from Houston IAH to Washington IAD then on to Geneva and finally to Athens. On the return, you’d fly from Athens to Paris to Chicago and finally to Houston on a K class fare.

Screen shot 2014-01-14 at 9.15.54 AMThat would net you a total of 12,747 miles for $695 – 5.45 cents per mile.

While these don’t exactly qualify as mileage runs, this is still a significant amount of mileage for a relatively low price, especially considering these are flights to Europe. So if you’ve been considering a Valentine’s Day or President’s Day getaway, this might just be a good option for you.

So far, I’ve only been able to find low fares from Houston, but if you find them from other cities, please report back in the comments below!

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