Deal alert: Flights to Europe from $236 round-trip

Oct 16, 2019

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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 (on up to $500,000 on these purchases per calendar year). 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.

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Flights to Europe from various U.S. cities are available for as low as $236 round-trip.

If you’re trying to start your New Year off points-rich and have a minimum spend to reach, these low-cost flights could help you out.

Skyline Barcelona at sunset
Skyline Barcelona at sunset

To search, head to Google Flights and enter your origin and destination cities. Scroll through the calendar function to find dates and prices that work for you. Finally, click through to book directly with the airline or through an OTA like Priceline or Expedia.

Airlines: Iberia, American, SAS, United
Routes: JFK/BOS/EWR/ORD/SFO/LAX/PHL/MCO to BCN/CDG/LHR/HAM/DUB
Cost: $236 round-trip in basic economy 
Travel Dates: 
November 2019 – March 2020
Pay With:
The Platinum Card® from American Express (5x on airfare booked directly with the airline), Citi Prestige® Card (5x on airfare),  Citi Premier® Card (3x on airfare), Chase Sapphire Reserve (3x on travel), American Express® Gold Card (3x on airfare booked directly with the airline or amextravel.com) or Chase Sapphire Preferred Card (2x on travel)

Here’s an example of what you can book:

New York (JFK) to Barcelona (BCN) for $236 round-trip on Iberia:

Boston (BOS) to Barcelona (BCN) for $248 round-trip on Iberia:

New York (EWR) to Paris (CDG) for $251 round-trip on United: Chicago (ORD) to Dublin (DUB) for $283 round-trip on SAS:

San Francisco (SFO) to Barcelona (BCN) for $311 round-trip on Iberia

Los Angeles (LAX) to London (LHR) for $325 round-trip on American:Los Angeles (LAX) to Hamburg (HAM) for $326 round-trip on United: Philadelphia (PHL) to Dublin (DUB) for $330 round-trip on American:

San Francisco (SFO) to Paris (CDG) for $334 round-trip on United: Orlando (MCO) to London (LHR) for $342 round-trip on American:

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), Citi Prestige® Card (5x on airfare), Chase Sapphire ReserveAmerican Express® Gold Card Citi Premier® Card (3x on airfare) or the Chase Sapphire Preferred Card (2x on all travel purchases). Check out our guide to the best cards for airfare purchases to learn more.

Featured photo courtesy of Classen Rafael / EyeEm / Getty Images.

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