Deal Alert: US Cities to Europe From $256 Round-Trip
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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 Platinum Card® from American Express, 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.
Norwegian’s offering some great fares between cities across the US and quite a few cities in Europe. We’re seeing nonstop flights from Boston (BOS) and New York (JFK) to Oslo (OSL) starting at just $256 round-trip, but flights are also available from the West Coast for just a little more. Some of these fares are for fairly close-in dates — as soon as the end of April — and go through December 2017.
For most of these itineraries, Google Flights will prompt you to book using its “separate tickets” feature. One segment will book through the US version of the site, while the other through a foreign site (in our example it’s the Norwegian version). However, to save even more, you can find a low-priced itinerary on Google Flights and then head to the Norwegian version of the carrier’s site and input your dates directly. Booking flights solely from the international websites is a reliable way of saving even more.
Keep in mind that Norwegian is a low-cost carrier and will charge you for certain things that are not typically an additional cost on other airlines. However, even with these extra fees, the total cost is still significantly lower than what other carriers are charging for similar flights.
Airline: Norwegian Air Shuttle
Route: US cities to ARN, CDG, CPH, LGW and OSL
Cost: $256+ round-trip in economy
Dates: April – December 2017
Booking Link: Norwegian
Pay With: The Platinum Card from American Express (5x on airfare), Chase Sapphire Reserve, Citi Prestige Card (5x on airfare) or Chase Sapphire Preferred Card (2x on travel)
Here are a few examples of what you can book:
Boston (BOS) to Oslo (OSL) for $256 round-trip in October:
New York (JFK) to Oslo (OSL) for $256 round-trip in October:
New York (JFK) to Stockholm (ARN) for $259 round-trip in November/December:
Oakland (OAK) to Stockholm (ARN) for $271 round-trip in May:
Orlando (MCO) to Oslo (OSL) for $292 round-trip in May:
Boston (BOS) to London (LGW) for $320 round-trip in October:
Fort Lauderdale (FLL) to Copenhagen (CPH) for $323 round-trip in September:
Los Angeles (LAX) to Oslo (OSL) for $326 round-trip in April/May:
Oakland (OAK) to Oslo (OSL) for $330 round-trip in May:
New York (JFK) to Paris (CDG) for $387 round-trip 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 Platinum Card (5x on flights booked directly with airlines or American Express Travel), Chase Sapphire Reserve, or Citi Prestige (5x 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!
Featured image of Oslo, Norway courtesy of Jorg Greuel via Getty Images.
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