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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 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.
We’ve seen a bunch of really cheap deals to Europe — especially Scandinavia — on low-cost carriers over the last few days. However, today it’s the full-service carriers that are offering great deals to some more popular European destinations. There are tons of deals to be had, but we’re seeing fares as low as $376 round-trip on American between New York (JFK) and Barcelona (BCN), valid for departures from January through May 2017. If none of the examples below work for you, we recommend using the Google Flights Discover option to explore potential destination in Europe from your nearby airport.
Airlines: Air France, American, Delta, Virgin Atlantic
Route: JFK/MIA/BOS/DFW to MAD/BCN/CDG/LHR/MXP
Cost: $376+ round-trip in economy
Dates: January — May 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 $376 round-trip on American Airlines in February:
Miami (MIA) to Barcelona (BCN) for $416 round-trip on American Airlines in February:
Miami (MIA) to Paris (CDG) for $448 round-trip on Air France in March:
Boston (BOS) to London (LHR) for $473 round-trip on Virgin Atlantic in March:
Dallas (DFW) to Milan (MXP) for $475 round-trip on Delta 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.
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