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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 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.
Low-cost carriers such as Norwegian and Icelandair have forced the bigger legacy carriers — American, Delta and United — to compete on wide swath a number of transatlantic routes. As a result, we’re seeing great deals to Europe on a regular basis. Today is a perfect example, as the three US carriers are offering low prices to both Paris, France (CDG) and Zurich, Switzerland (ZRH) from over half a dozen US cities starting as low as $399 round-trip.
Depending on the route, you’ll find these fares departing as soon as next month or as late as August of next year. You don’t need any tricks to get these prices, so just use Google Flights to find the dates you want, then book on Orbitz, Expedia or directly with the airline itself. Also, since these are international itineraries on full services carriers, you’ll get your first checked bag free and even a complimentary meal during the flight.
Airlines: American Airlines, Delta, United
Routes: NYC/ORD/PHL/MIA/SEA/DEN/SFO to CDG/ZRH
Cost: $399+ round-trip in economy
Dates: November 2017 through August 2018
Booking Link: Orbitz or Expedia
Pay With: The Platinum Card from American Express (5x on airfare), Chase Sapphire Reserve, Citi Prestige (5x on airfare) or Chase Sapphire Preferred Card (2x on travel)
Here are a few examples of what you can book:
New York (JFK) to Zurich, Switzerland (ZRH) for $399 round-trip via Orbitz:
Chicago O’Hare (ORD) to Paris, France (CDG) for $406 round-trip via Orbitz:
Philadelphia (PHL) to Zurich (ZRH) for $414 round-trip via Orbitz:
Miami (MIA) to Zurich (ZRH) for $414 round-trip via Orbitz:
Seattle (SEA) to Zurich (ZRH) for $414 round-trip via Orbitz:
Denver (DEN) to Paris (CDG) for $437 round-trip via Orbitz:
San Francisco (SFO) to Paris (CDG) for $444 round-trip via Orbitz:
Maximize Your Purchase
Be sure 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 (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: Secret Flying
Featured image of Zurich by Achim Thomae/Getty Images.
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