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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, 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. Additionally, keep in mind that discounted partner fares may not earn miles with US-based carriers.
Cheap flights to Europe have been a theme lately. And right now many airlines are offering discounted flights from East Coast cities to Europe. We found availability from New York (JFK and EWR), Washington (IAD), Boston (BOS) and Chicago (ORD) to Paris (CDG), Amsterdam (AMS), Brussels (BRU) and Zurich (ZRH). Fares are as low as $466 round-trip, with many nonstop options available. Since these deals are so widespread, it’s best to use Google Flights to find your desired route and secure the best price.
Route: US cities to Europe
Cost: $466+ round-trip in economy
Dates: August 2016 – December 2017
Booking Link: Orbitz
Pay With: American Express® Gold Card, Citi Prestige or Chase Sapphire Preferred
Here are some examples of what you can book:
Chicago (ORD) to Amsterdam (AMS) for $466 round-trip on KLM in September:
Newark (EWR) to Amsterdam (AMS) for $506 round-trip on United in September:
Chicago (ORD) to Paris (CDG) from $499 round-trip on American in September:
Boston (BOS) to Zurich (ZRH) from $532 round-trip on Swiss in September:
Washington (IAD) to Amsterdam (AMS) for $506 round-trip on United in September:
Maximize Your Purchase
Don’t forget to use a credit card that earns additional points on airfare purchases, such as the American Express® Gold Card 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!
H/T: The Flight Deal
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