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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.
Per Scott’s Cheap Flights, there’s a huge sale from all over the US to many European cities. Scott found a whopping 81 US airports with round-trip prices under $500. We looked into some options and found flights starting as cheap as $404 round-trip.
Feel free to check the examples below, but you might just want to head straight to Google Flights and use the Google Flights Explore Map to find the cheapest destinations from your airport. Then click through to Orbitz, Expedia or the airline directly to book your tickets.
Airlines: American/British Airways/Delta/Finnair/Iberia/KLM/United
Routes: ORD/SFO/LAX/JFK/FLL/SEA/MIA/RDU (and many more) to CDG/ORY/AMS/FCO (and many more)
Cost: $404+ round-trip in economy
Dates: November 2017 — May 2018
Booking Link: Orbitz, Expedia or with the airline directly
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:
Chicago (ORD) to Amsterdam (AMS) for $404 round-trip:
New York (JFK) to Amsterdam (AMS) for $405 round-trip:
San Francisco (SFO) to Amsterdam (AMS) for $431 round-trip:
Los Angeles (LAX) to Amsterdam (AMS) for $431 round-trip:
New York’s JFK to Paris (PAR) for $442 round-trip:
Fort Lauderdale (FLL) to Paris (CDG) for $447 round-trip:
Seattle (SEA) to Rome (FCO) for $451 round-trip:
Miami (MIA) to Rome (FCO) for $456 round-trip:
Raleigh/Durham (RDU) to Rome (FCO) for $456 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 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!
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- Earn 50,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. That's $625 toward travel when you redeem through Chase Ultimate Rewards®
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- Earn 5,000 bonus points after you add the first authorized user and make a purchase in the first 3 months from account opening
- No foreign transaction fees
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- No blackout dates or travel restrictions - as long as there's a seat on the flight, you can book it through Chase Ultimate Rewards