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Airfare deals are typically only available on limited dates. We recommend that 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.
After spotting sub-$400 round-trip tickets to Europe in economy earlier this week, we’re now seeing airfare to various cities throughout France, Italy and Spain for under $800 round-trip in premium economy — including many nonstop options. The discounted fares are offered by Oneworld carriers American Airlines, British Airways and Iberia and valid for departures from September through April 2019. We’ve tested out American Airlines and Iberia’s premium economy products and they’re both TPG approved. If you’ve been eyeing a trip to Europe and wanting to get there in comfort without breaking the bank, now’s the time to book. There’s also special tricks to maximize your mileage earning on premium economy flights, which you can read more on after the flight booking examples.
Airline(s): American Airlines, British Airways, Iberia
Route: BOS/JFK/MIA to BCN/CDG/FCO/MAD/MXP
Cost: $789+ round-trip in premium economy
Dates: September 2018 – April 2019
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 (5x on airfare) or Chase Sapphire Preferred Card (2x on travel)
Here are a few examples of what you can book:
New York (JFK) to Barcelona (BCN) for $789 round-trip in December on American:
New York (JFK) to Madrid (MAD) for $794 round-trip in January on Iberia via American:
Boston (BOS) to Madrid (MAD) for $794 round-trip in February on Iberia via American:
New York (JFK) to Milan (MXP) for $797 round-trip in February on American:
Maximize Your Mileage Earnings
If you’re trying to earn AAdvantage elite status, you’re going to want to either book Iberia/BA-marketed flights, or book the American Airlines flights using special fare techniques to maximize your Elite Qualifying Dollars (EQD) and award earnings.
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 (5x 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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