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Deal Alert: US Cities to Barcelona and Paris From $264 Round-Trip

November 28 2017
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Deal Alert: US Cities to Barcelona and Paris From $264 Round-Trip
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LEVEL just expanded its route map Tuesday morning, adding a new hub in Paris and routes from its existing hub in Barcelona. Now, the airline is coming out swinging with some jaw-dropping deals — we're seeing flights for as little as $264 round-trip from Boston (BOS) to Barcelona (BCN) and $300 round-trip from New York (JFK) to BCN. The only issue with this deal is that you'll need to book it as two one-way flights instead of as a round-trip to get the cheapest fare.

Meanwhile, Norwegian isn't going to be outdone — it's offering excellent fares on its existing nonstop routes from the US to Barcelona with rates starting at $343 round-trip. Also, Primera Air is getting into the mix, selling flights for as low as $99 one-way or $278 round-trip.

Keep in mind that all of these are low-cost carriers. So, these fares are only going to get you and a personal item from point A to point B. Extras such as checked bags, seat seleection and meals are going to cost more.

Availability depends on the route, but some flights under $350 round-trip range from December 2017 to mid-June 2018 and then August-October 2018. The easiest way to find these deals is to search for cheap dates via Google Flights. Then click through to Orbitz, Expedia or the airline directly to book your tickets. Don't forget that you can use an international version of the Norwegian site to save even more. Just make sure to buy your ticket with a credit card that has no foreign transaction fees.

Airlines: LEVEL, Norwegian, Primera Air
Routes: BOS/JFK/EWR/OAK/LAX to BCN/ORY/CDG
Cost: $264+ round-trip in economy
Dates: December 2017 to October 2018, depending on route
Booking Link: Orbitz, Expedia or the airline itself
Pay With: The Platinum Card from American Express (5x on airfare), Chase Sapphire Reserve, Citi Prestige (3x on airfare) or Chase Sapphire Preferred (2x on travel)

Here are a few examples of what you can book:

Boston (BOS) to Barcelona (BCN) for $264 total ($148 nonstop outbound + €98 [US$116] nonstop return):

Boston (BOS) to Paris Charles de Gaulle (CDG) for $278 round-trip nonstop:

Newark (EWR) to Paris Orly (ORY) for $300 total ($148 nonstop outbound + €128 [US$152] nonstop return):

New York's JFK to Barcelona (BCN) for $300 total ($148 nonstop outbound + €128 [US$152] nonstop return):

Oakland (OAK) to Barcelona (BCN) for $339 total ($168 nonstop outbound + €144 [US$171] nonstop return):

New York's JFK to Barcelona (BCN) for $343 round-trip nonstop:

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 (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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  • The current welcome offer on this card is quite lucrative. TPG values it at $2,000.
  • This card comes with a long list of benefits, including access to Centurion Lounges, complimentary elite status with Hilton and Marriott, at least $500 in assorted annual statement credits and so much more. (Enrollment required for select benefits.)
  • The Amex Platinum comes with access to a premium concierge service that can help you with everything from booking hard-to-get reservations to finding destination guides to help you plan out your next getaway.

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  • The high annual fee is only worth it if you’re taking full advantage of the card’s benefits. Seldom travelers may not get enough value to warrant the cost.
  • Outside of the current welcome bonus, you’re only earning higher rewards on specific airfare and hotel purchases, so it’s not a great card for other spending categories.
  • The annual airline fee statement credit can be complicated to take advantage of compared to the broader travel credits offered by competing premium cards.
  • Earn 100,000 Membership Rewards® points after you spend $6,000 on purchases on your new Card in your first 6 months of Card Membership. Apply and select your preferred metal Card design: classic Platinum Card®, Platinum x Kehinde Wiley, or Platinum x Julie Mehretu.
  • Earn 5X Membership Rewards® Points for flights booked directly with airlines or with American Express Travel up to $500,000 on these purchases per calendar year and earn 5X Membership Rewards® Points on prepaid hotels booked with American Express Travel.
  • Get $200 back in statement credits each year on prepaid Fine Hotels + Resorts® or The Hotel Collection bookings, which requires a minimum two-night stay, through American Express Travel when you pay with your Platinum Card®. And if you fly, you can receive up to $200 in statement credits per calendar year after you select a qualifying airline and incidental fees are charged by the airline to your Platinum Card®.
  • $240 Digital Entertainment Credit: Get up to $20 back each month on eligible purchases made with your Platinum Card® on one or more of the following: Audible, Disney+, The Disney Bundle, ESPN+, Hulu, Peacock, SiriusXM, and The New York Times. Enrollment required.
  • $155 Walmart+ Credit: Cover the cost of a $12.95 monthly Walmart+ membership with a statement credit after you pay for Walmart+ each month with your Platinum Card. Cost includes $12.95 plus applicable local sales tax. Plus Ups are excluded.
  • American Express has expanded The Centurion® Network to include 40+ Centurion Lounge and Studio locations worldwide. There are even more places your Platinum Card® can get you complimentary entry and exclusive perks.
  • $200 Airline Fee Credit: Get up to $200 in statement credits per calendar year in baggage fees and more at one select qualifying airline.
  • $200 Uber Cash: Enjoy Uber VIP status and up to $200 in Uber savings on rides or eats orders in the US annually. Uber Cash and Uber VIP status is available to Basic Card Member only.
  • $300 Equinox Credit: Get up to $25 back each month on the Equinox+ digital fitness app, or eligible Equinox club memberships when you pay with your Platinum Card®. Enrollment required.
  • $189 CLEAR® Credit: Use your Card and get up to $189 back per year on your CLEAR® membership. CLEAR® is available at select airports and stadiums.
  • $695 annual fee.
  • Terms Apply.
  • See Rates & Fees