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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.

Summer is just around the corner, which means that many Americans are looking to plan vacations to Europe. If you’re not interested in flying across the pond in coach, several airlines are offering solid deals on business-class flights from East Coast cities to Europe with flights starting at $1,842 round-trip (when you take advantage of of the AARP discount and book through British Airways). If you don’t want to fly on Oneworld carriers, flights are available on both SkyTeam and Star Alliance airlines from $1,988 round-trip. Flights are generally available from June through the end of the schedule in early March 2018 from several US cities including New York (JFK), Boston (BOS), Pittsburgh (PIT) and Raleigh-Durham, NC (RDU). You can even experience Singapore Airlines’ business-class product on its A380 on flights between JFK and Frankfurt (FRA). Since many airlines and destinations are involved, do your research on Google Flights and then complete booking through the airlines.

Airline: American, Delta, Lufthansa, Singapore, United
Routes: US cities to Europe
Cost: $1,842+ round-trip in business class
Dates: June 2017 – March 2018
Booking Link: Orbitz
Pay With: The Platinum Card from American Express (5x on airfare), Chase Sapphire ReserveCiti 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 Dublin (DUB) for $1,842 round-trip in business class on American:

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Pittsburgh (PIT) to Paris (CDG) for $1,988 round-trip in business class on Delta:

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Boston (BOS) to Dublin (DUB) for $1,993 round-trip in business class on Delta:

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Raleigh-Durham (RDU) to Paris (CDG) for $1,997 round-trip in business class on Delta:

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Newark (EWR) to Frankfurt (FRA) for $1,997 round-trip in business class on Lufthansa:

New York (JFK) to Frankfurt (FRA) for $1,997 round-trip in business class on Singapore Airlines:

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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 (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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H/T: Frequent Miler

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