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Deal alert: $326 round-trip flights from US cities to Amsterdam

July 14, 2021
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Amsterdam, Netherland canals
Deal alert: $326 round-trip flights from US cities to Amsterdam
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The Netherlands reopened less than a month ago to tourists from the U.S., and we are already seeing some major flight deals to its capital and most famed city, Amsterdam.

With no vaccine, negative COVID-19 test or quarantine required, a flight as low as $326 round-trip to one of the six places in Europe without COVID-19 entry protocols is really just the cherry on top.

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The fares are through TAP, the flag carrier of Portugal, which often has cheaper flights than its competitors from the U.S. to Europe — they often require a stop in Lisbon (LIS). In 2017, I first flew TAP from Newark (EWR) to Brussels (BRU) on a one-way flight for approximately $200. Bear in mind that I was a student at the time, which furthered the discount.

Today's deal comes to us thanks to Scott's Cheap Flights and is for deals originating from multiple U.S. cities primarily between November 2021 and early March 2022 with some routes including Thanksgiving but exclude the Christmas holidays and New Year's Eve.

Airline: TAP Portugal
Routes: BOS/ORD/MIA/EWR/SFO/IAD to AMS
Cost: From $326+ round-trip
Dates: Book for travel between November 2021 and March 2022
Pay with: The Platinum Card® from American Express for 5x on airfare booked directly with the airline or through American Express Travel (on up to $500,000 on these purchases per calendar year), the Citi Prestige® Card for 5x on airfare, the Citi Premier® Card or Chase Sapphire Reserve for 3x on air travel, the American Express® Gold Card for 3x on airfare when booked directly with the airline, or the Chase Sapphire Preferred Card for 2x on travel

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Read more: I took a train to Amsterdam before the Netherlands opened to Americans: Here’s what it was like

To search for this flight deal, head to Google Flights and enter your origin point and Amsterdam as your destination, as I have done below. Scroll through the calendar function to find dates and prices that work best for you.

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In starting my search, Google alerted me that this was in fact a deal. (Image courtesy of Google)
Round-trip flight from D.C. to Amsterdam for $322. (Image courtesy of Google)

Related: The Netherlands to welcome back Americans today, with little restriction

You will notice that layovers often come as part of flight deals, including an almost 15-hour one as shown above, so be sure to take note of that if long layovers are a deal-breaker for you. The total price includes taxes and fees for one adult. TAP's economy class allows for one personal item and one bag under 17 lbs. You can pay $32 to check a bag.

An option for New York-based travelers with short layovers for $371 round-trip. (Image courtesy of Google)
West Coast travelers can also take advantage of this deal. $322 round-trip flight from SFO. (Image courtesy of Google)

You can also find similar deals to AMS from:

  • Boston (BOS) — $326
  • Chicago (ORD) — $332
  • Miami (MIA) — $326

These deals are only expected to be around for one to two days, so act fast.

Read more: Reopening Europe: When can you visit again? A country-by-country guide

As for recommendations once you arrive in Amsterdam, may I suggest the De Pijp neighbourhood, where I stayed in an Airbnb on my last visit in 2019. There, you'll find the Alberty Cuyp Market, where I particularly enjoyed fries; Dutch hotdogs topped with potato crisps at Bulls and Dog, gluten-free vegan pancakes at Mr. Stacks (temporarily closed) and the super trendy coffee shop, Coffee and Coconuts (see below).

(Photo by Caroline Tanner/The Points Guy)
Bulls and Dog. (Photo by Caroline Tanner/The Points Guy)
Mr. Stacks Tea & Pancakes. (Photo by Caroline Tanner/The Points Guy)
Coffee & Coconuts. (Photo by Caroline Tanner/The Points Guy)

Don't forget one of the city's lovely parks, including Vondelpark and Sarphatipark, featured below.

Sarphatipark in Amsterdam. (Photo by Caroline Tanner/The Points Guy)

Related: 5,000 bonus miles for transferring Capital One miles to TAP Portugal

Featured image by Amsterdam, Netherland (Photo by Liz Hund/The Points Guy)
Editorial disclaimer: Opinions expressed here are the author’s alone, not those of any bank, credit card issuer, airline or hotel chain, and have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by any of these entities.

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Best for the well-traveled foodie
TPG Editor‘s Rating
Card Rating is based on the opinion of TPG‘s editors and is not influenced by the card issuer.
4 / 5
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4XEarn 4X Membership Rewards® Points at Restaurants, plus takeout and delivery in the U.S.
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    Earn 60,000 Membership Rewards® points after you spend $4,000 on eligible purchases with your new Card within the first 6 months of Card Membership.

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  • Annual Fee

    $250
  • Recommended Credit
    Credit ranges are a variation of FICO© Score 8, one of many types of credit scores lenders may use when considering your credit card application.

    670-850
    Excellent/Good

Why We Chose It

There's a lot to love about the Amex Gold card. It's been a fan favorite during the pandemic because of its fantastic rewards rate on restaurants (that includes takeout and delivery in the U.S.!) and U.S. supermarkets. If you're hitting the skies soon, you'll also earn bonus points on travel. Paired with up to $120 in Uber Cash (for U.S. Uber rides or Uber Eats orders) and up to $120 in annual dining statement credits at eligible partners, there's no reason that the foodie shouldn't add this card to their wallet. Enrollment required.

Pros

  • 4x on dining at restaurants and U.S. supermarkets (on the first $25,000 in purchases per calendar year; then 1x)
  • 3x on flights booked directly with the airline or with Amex Travel
  • Welcome bonus of 60,000 points after spending $4,000 in the first six months

Cons

  • Weak on travel outside of flights and everyday spending bonus categories
  • Not as useful for those living outside the U.S.
  • Some may have trouble using Uber/food credits
  • Few travel perks and protections
  • Earn 60,000 Membership Rewards® points after you spend $4,000 on eligible purchases with your new Card within the first 6 months of Card Membership.
  • Earn 4X Membership Rewards® Points at Restaurants, plus takeout and delivery in the U.S., and earn 4X Membership Rewards® points at U.S. supermarkets (on up to $25,000 per calendar year in purchases, then 1X).
  • Earn 3X Membership Rewards® points on flights booked directly with airlines or on amextravel.com.
  • $120 Uber Cash on Gold: Add your Gold Card to your Uber account and each month automatically get $10 in Uber Cash for Uber Eats orders or Uber rides in the U.S., totaling up to $120 per year.
  • $120 Dining Credit: Satisfy your cravings and earn up to $10 in statement credits monthly when you pay with the American Express® Gold Card at Grubhub, The Cheesecake Factory, Goldbelly, Wine.com, Milk Bar and select Shake Shack locations. Enrollment required.
  • Choose the color that suits your style. Gold or Rose Gold.
  • No Foreign Transaction Fees.
  • Annual Fee is $250.
  • Terms Apply.
  • See Rates & Fees