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Airfare deals are typically only available on limited dates. We recommend 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.
If you’re a resident of South Florida and the City of Light has been on your radar for a spring or fall getaway, this is a great opportunity to grab a cheap flight! We’re currently finding excellent availability on Star Alliance carriers Swiss, Lufthansa and Air Canada for flights from Miami (MIA) or Ft. Lauderdale (FLL) to Paris (CDG) for as low as $428 round-trip.
These prices are widely available in September, October and November, with more limited dates in April and May, and in most cases there’s a 7-night stay requirement. You don’t need any tricks to get these airfares, so just use Google Flights to find the dates you want, then book on Orbitz, Expedia or directly with the airline itself. Since these are all full service airlines, you’ll get one free checked bag and a meal when you’re flying internationally.
Airlines: Air Canada, Swiss and Lufthansa
Routes: MIA/FLL to CDG
Cost: $428+ round-trip in economy
Dates: April-May and September-November
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:
Miami (MIA) to Paris (CDG) on Air Canada for $428 round-trip via Orbitz:
Miami (MIA) to Paris (CDG) on Swiss for $436 round-trip:
Miami (MIA) to Paris (CDG) on Lufthansa for $442 round-trip:
Ft. Lauderdale (FLL) to Paris (CDG) on Air Canada for $450 round-trip:
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 (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!
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