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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.

It’s time to trade in your donuts and coffee for croissants and espresso under the Eiffel Tower or tea and scones next to Big Ben. We’re seeing deals for nonstop flights from Newark (EWR) and Boston (BOS) to Paris (CDG) and London-Stansted (STN) with fares starting at $274 round-trip on low-cost carrier Primera Air.

These cheap tickets are available from September through December, although you’ll see the most discounted prices earlier in the schedule. Even though Primera is a budget airline that charges for things like seat selection, checked bags and meals — nonstop flights to major European cities for under $300 is quite cheap.

TPG’s JT Genter flew Primera’s inaugural flight back in April — although the airline was then using a wet-leased Boeing 757 from National Airlines. It’s now operating its new Airbus A321neos.

Use Google Flights to search for your preferred departure and destination and then book directly through Primera, so you can choose any add-ons.

Airline: Primera Air
Routes: EWR/BOS to CDG/STN
Cost: $274+ round-trip
Dates: September – December 2018
Booking Link: OrbitzExpedia or directly with the airline
Pay With: The American Express Platinum Card (5x on airfare), Chase Sapphire Reserve, Citi Prestige (3x on airfare plus excellent trip delay insurance) or Chase Sapphire Preferred (2x on travel)

Newark (EWR) to Paris (CDG) nonstop for $274 round-trip on Primera: 

Boston (BOS) to Paris (CDG) nonstop for $321 round-trip on Primera: 

Newark (EWR) to London (STN) nonstop for $357 round-trip on Primera: 

Boston (BOS) to London (STN) nonstop for $364 round-trip on Primera: 

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, 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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American Express® Gold Card

With some great bonus categories, the American Express Gold Card has a lot going for it. The card offers 4x points at US restaurants, at US supermarkets (up to $25,000; then 1x), and 3x points on flights booked directly with airlines or through amextravel.com. It is currently offering a welcome bonus of 35,000 bonus points after you spend $2,000 in the first three months.

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  • Earn 35,000 Membership Rewards® Points after you spend $2,000 on eligible purchases with your new Card within the first 3 months.
  • Earn 4X Membership Rewards® points at U.S. restaurants. Earn 4X Membership Rewards® points at U.S. supermarkets (on up to $25,000 per year in purchases, then 1X).
  • Earn 3X Membership Rewards® points on flights booked directly with airlines or on amextravel.com.
  • Earn up to $10 in statement credits monthly when you pay with The Gold Card at Grubhub, Seamless, The Cheesecake Factory, Shake Shack, and Ruth's Chris Steak House. This is an annual savings of up to $120. Enrollment required.
  • $100 Airline Fee Credit: up to $100 in statement credits per calendar year for incidental fees at one selected qualifying airline.
  • Choose to carry a balance with interest on eligible charges of $100 or more.
  • No Foreign Transaction Fees.
  • Annual Fee is $250.
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