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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 Platinum Card® from American Express, you’ll need to book directly with the airline or through the 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.

If you didn’t get the memo, recent research shows that shorter, frequent getaways actually do more for your relaxation than longer trips. If you haven’t taken a vacation yet this year, this deal may be just the ticket. Get to Rome, Barcelona or Madrid from New York and Los Angeles for less than $400 round-trip. Some routes are in basic economy, but some are full-service depending on your dates. Availability is widespread, and deals are available from other cities as well for slightly higher prices.

If you’re looking to do some exploring, check out Get Your Guide for a list of the best activities in Rome, Barcelona and Madrid.

Airlines: KLM, Delta, Finnair, American, Iberia
Routes: LAX/JFK to FCO/BCN/MAD
Cost: $319+ in economy
Travel Dates: October 2018 – June 2019
Pay With: The Platinum Card® from American Express (5x on airfare booked directly with the airline), Citi Premier CardChase Sapphire Reserve, American Express® Gold CardCiti Prestige (3x on airfare plus excellent trip delay insurance) or Chase Sapphire Preferred (2x on travel)
Booking Link: PricelineOrbitzExpedia or directly with the airline

Here are a few examples of what you can book:

New York (JFK) to Barcelona (BCN) for $319 round-trip on KLM in October: 

New York (JFK) to Barcelona (BCN) for $334 round-trip on Finnair Light (basic economy) in October: 

New York (JFK) to Madrid (MAD) for $343 round-trip on Finnair Light (basic economy) in December: 

New York (JFK) to Rome (FCO) for $345 round-trip on American Airlines basic economy in January:

Los Angeles (LAX) to Madrid (MAD) for $383 round-trip on Iberia in April:

Maximize Your Purchase

Don’t forget to use a credit card that earns additional points on airfare purchases, such as The Platinum Card® from American Express (5x on flights booked directly with airlines or American Express Travel), Chase Sapphire Reserve, American Express® Gold CardCiti PremierCiti 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.

Featured image by Cristina Gottardi via Unsplash.

The Business Platinum® Card from American Express

Aside from the 75,000 points welcome bonus, Amex recently made huge improvements to the Business Platinum Card, including the fact that you will now earn 50% more points on purchases of $5,000 or more, earn 5x on flights and eligible hotels at Amextravel.com and cardholders will receive a $200 airline fee credit each year.

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More Things to Know
  • Welcome Offer: Earn up to 75,000 Membership Rewards® points.
  • Earn 50,000 Membership Rewards® points after you spend $10,000 and an extra 25,000 points after you spend an additional $10,000 all on qualifying purchases within your first 3 months of Card Membership.
  • Get 5X Membership Rewards® points on flights and prepaid hotels on amextravel.com.
  • Get 50% more Membership Rewards® points. That's 1.5 points per dollar, on each eligible purchase of $5,000 or more. You can get up to 1 million additional points per year.
  • 35% Airline Bonus: Use Membership Rewards® Pay with Points for all or part of a flight with your selected qualifying airline, and you can get 35% of the points back, up to 500,000 bonus points per calendar year.
  • Enroll to get up to $200 in statement credits annually by getting up to $100 semi-annually for U.S. purchases with Dell. Terms apply.
  • Get one year of Platinum Global Access from WeWork. With this membership, you can access 300+ premium, inspiring workspaces in 75+ cities. To get this exclusive offer, enroll between 2/15/2019 and 12/31/2019.
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