Deal Alert: Nonstop Flights to Mainland Europe From $206 Round-Trip

Nov 18, 2018

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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.

You may have heard the trick to saving money when booking flights is to book in a foreign currency. While that method hasn’t been as reliable recently, we are currently in a period when the US dollar is so strong against the Euro that there are some especially good deals right now if you don’t mind jumping through a hoop or two. Even better, this favorable currency exchange means your European vacation will be cheaper than usual.

For example, you can score a one-way from New York to Norway for $101 and the return for 849 Norwegian Krone (US$105), meaning you can fly nonstop to Europe for just $206 round-trip. Not interested in seeing the northern lights in Norway? You can fly round-trip nonstop from Newark to Paris for just €228 (US$260). Or, if you’re not interested in visiting Europe during winter, you can fly to sunny Spain in May for just $148 outbound plus €99 return, which means $262 total round-trip.

The Northern Lights over harbor of Bergen City, Norway. Image by RelaxFoto.de / Getty Image.
The Northern Lights over Bergen? (Image by RelaxFoto.de / Getty Images)

Since these purchases will be charged in foreign currencies, you’ll want to make sure to use a credit card that has no foreign transaction fees, such as the Chase Sapphire Reserve, Chase Sapphire Preferred Card or The Platinum Card® from American Express (See Rates & Fees).

For the Norwegian fares between New York’s Stewart and Bergen, the cheapest fares are found on:

  • SWF-BGO: April 4 and 28 at $105 one-way; many dates from April 7 – June 23 at $115 one-way
  • BGO-SWF: April 22, May 6, 13, 20 and June 3 at $101 one-way; many dates from April 29 – June 17 at $125 one-way

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: Norwegian, LEVEL, TUI fly
Routes: SWF/EWR/BOS/MIA to BGO/ORY/MAD/BRU
Cost: $206+ round-trip
Travel Dates: December 2018 to May 2019 (depending on the route)
Pay With: The Platinum Card® from American Express (5x on airfare booked directly with the airline), Citi Premier Card, Chase Sapphire Reserve, American Express® Gold Card, or Chase Sapphire Preferred (2x on travel)

Here are a few examples of what you can book:

New York Stewart (SWF) to Bergen, Norway (BGO) for $206 round-trip ($105 outbound + $101 return) on Norwegian:

Newark (EWR) to Paris Orly (ORY) for €228 (US$260) round-trip on LEVEL:

Boston (BOS) to Barcelona (BCN) for $262 round-trip ($148 outbound + $114 return) on LEVEL:

Miami (MIA) to Brussels (BRU) for €272 (US$311) round-trip on TUI Fly:

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 Card, Citi Premier, or the Chase Sapphire Preferred Card (2x on all travel purchases). Check out this post for more on maximizing airfare purchases.

For rates and fees of the Amex Platinum Card, please click here.

Featured image by imv via Getty Images.

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