Deal Alert: Cheap Flights to Asia, Europe and South America
Update: Some offers mentioned below are no longer available. View the current offers here.
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.
With summer ramping up and business travel slowing down for the season, several airlines are offering cheap airfares to cities around the world, not just for summer travel, but for flights in September and beyond as well. We saw a handful of deals pop up this week, and several are still available to book! By far, the greatest steal is on Delta flights to Central America and the Caribbean ($279 from Philadelphia to Belize, for example), and on Delta and Oneworld flights to Brazil, from $488 round-trip from New York. And if you're looking to head to Asia, American is still offering cheap flights to China, such as Chicago to Beijing for $660 round-trip.
If business class is more your cup of tea, consider traveling to Ireland or Spain for just over $1,600 round-trip after a $400 AARP discount when you book through British Airways (anyone can join AARP for $16 per year). Flights to Milan (head to the Expo!) are $1,890 in business, while Paris is available for $2,000 round-trip in business, all after the $400 AARP discount. You can also book as an open-jaw, flying into Spain and out of France or Italy, for example, either for a similar price or a couple hundred dollars more. These fares present an excellent opportunity to earn up to 115,000 additional AAdvantage miles or 115,000 additional British Airways Avios on transatlantic flights through August 7
Here are a few examples of what we found:
Philadelphia (PHL)-Belize (BZE) for $279 on Delta (earns 3,598 MQMs):
New York (JFK)-São Paulo for $488 on Delta (earns 9,490 MQMs):
Chicago (ORD)-Beijing (PEK) for $660 on American (earns 13,160 EQMs):
New York (JFK)-Madrid (MAD) for $1,629 in Business on AA (earns 10,740 EQPs):
Maximize Your Purchase
Don’t forget to use a credit card that earns additional points on airfare purchases, such as the 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.
As a reminder, you’ll need a tourist visa to enter Brazil or China — for help with visas we recommend our friends at Allied Passport & Visa.
If you’re able to score one of these tickets, please share the good news in the comments below!