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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.
The US mainline carriers — as well as their European partners — have put Europe on sale! There are dozens of routes at lower-than-average prices, even over the summer. We’ve focused on just the options under $450 round-trip, but there are many, many other choices. So, it’s going to be worth checking to see if your departure city has deals.
You don’t need any tricks to get these airfares, so just find the dates you want by searching with Google Flights, then book on Orbitz, Expedia or directly with the airline itself. Also, since these are international trips on full-service carriers, in most cases passengers will get their first checked bag free and a complimentary meal during the flight.
Airline: United, Delta, Air France, KLM, American, British Airways
Routes: EWR/JFK/BOS/LAX/SFO/IAD/DEN (and more) to DUB/AMS/ZRH/CDG/LUX (and more)
Cost: $369+ round-trip in economy class on full-service carriers
Dates: primarily February-June and October-December, but some summer availability
Booking Link: Orbitz, Expedia or directly with the airline
Pay With: The Platinum Card from American Express (5x on airfare), Chase Sapphire Reserve, Citi Prestige (3x on airfare plus excellent trip delay insurance) or Chase Sapphire Preferred (2x on travel)
Here are a few examples of what you can book:
New York/Newark (EWR) to Dublin (DUB) in March for $369 round-trip nonstop on United:
New York’s JFK to Amsterdam (AMS) in March for $395 round-trip nonstop on Delta:
Boston (BOS) to Zurich (ZRH) in October for $417 round-trip on American Airlines through Orbitz:
Los Angeles (LAX) to Zurich (ZRH) in December for $420 round-trip on American Airlines:
New York’s JFK to Paris (CDG) in June for $432 round-trip nonstop through Air France:
San Francisco (SFO) to Zurich (ZRH) in May for $438 round-trip through Expedia:
Washington DC’s Dulles (IAD) to Luxembourg (LUX) in October for $438 round-trip on British Airways:
Denver (DEN) to Paris (CDG) in October for $442 round-trip through United:
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, 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.
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