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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.

While low-cost carriers have certainly driven down prices to Europe, it’s still preferable to fly a full service carrier on international routes when possible. And right now, several full service carriers — including Air France, Air Canada, American, Delta and United — are offering great prices on flights to Paris, France (CDG) from cities all around the US, including New York (JFK), Atlanta (ATL), Miami (MIA), Chicago (ORD), Los Angeles (LAX) and San Francisco (SFO) starting as low as $430 round-trip.

These itineraries are mostly available in January, February and March, but you don’t need any tricks to find these deals. So just search for the dates you want using Google Flights, then book on OrbitzExpedia or directly with the airline itself. Also, since these are international trips on mainstream carriers — and not in Basic Economy — passengers will usually get their first checked bag free and a complimentary meal.

Airlines: Air France, Air Canada, American, Delta, United
Routes: JFK/ATL/MIA/ORD/SFO/LAX to CDG
Cost: $430+ round-trip in economy
Dates: January through March
Booking Link: OrbitzExpedia or directly with the airline
Pay With: The Platinum Card from American Express (5x on airfare), Chase Sapphire ReservePremier 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:

New York (JFK) to Paris, France (CDG) for $430 round-trip via Orbitz:

San Francisco (SFO) to Paris (CDG) for $437 round-trip via Orbitz:

Miami (MIA) to Paris (CDG) for $465 round-trip via Orbitz:

Chicago (ORD) to Paris (CDG) for $478 round-trip via Orbitz:

Los Angeles (LAX) to Paris (CDG) for $483 round-trip via Orbitz:

Atlanta (ATL) to Paris (CDG) for $486 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 ReserveAmerican Express Premier Rewards Gold 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.

H/T: Secret Flying

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