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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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This cash back card has a focus on dining and entertainment where you can earn unlimited 4% cash back in those spending categories. You can also earn 2% cash back at grocery stores and 1% cash back on all other purchases.
- Earn a one-time $500 cash bonus after you spend $3000 on purchases within the first 3 months from account opening
- Earn unlimited 4% cash back on dining and entertainment, 2% at grocery stores and 1% on all other purchases
- No rotating categories or sign-ups needed to earn cash rewards; plus cash back won't expire for the life of the account and there's no limit to how much you can earn
- No foreign transaction fees
- Access to premium experiences in dining, entertainment and more
- $0 intro annual fee for the first year, $95 after that