Deal Alert: NYC to Europe From $299 Round-Trip — Carry-On Bags Included
Update: Some offers mentioned below are no longer available. View the current offers here.
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.
The fare war for flights to Europe never fails to amaze. Just yesterday we came across a deal for Primera Air flights to Paris (CDG) from $99 one-way — which is still available. Today we're seeing cheap flights to other European destinations like Amsterdam (AMS), Copenhagen (CPH), Stockholm (ARN) and Helsinki (HEL) from $299 round-trip. The discounted fares are being offered by Icelandair and are valid for travel this fall. Icelandair isn’t a low-cost carrier, so even its cheapest fares include things like carry-ons, seat assignments and free drinks. TPG Associate Editor Brendan Dorsey flew to Reykjavik on Icelandair's 767 last year and enjoyed the experience.
To book, head to Google Flights and plug in your desired departure city. After finding dates that work best for you, book with Icelandair directly or with an OTA such as Expedia or Priceline. Remember, Icelandair partners with Alaska Airlines meaning you can earn valuable Alaska miles for these paid fares.
Routes: EWR/JFK to AMS/ARN/CPH/HEL
Cost: $299+ round-trip in economy
Dates: September – December 2018
Booking Link: Orbitz, Expedia or directly with the airline
Pay With: The Platinum Card® from American Express (5x on airfare), Chase Sapphire Reserve, Premier Rewards Gold Card from American Express, Citi Prestige (3x on airfare plus excellent trip delay insurance) or Chase Sapphire Preferred (2x on travel)
Here are a few examples of what you can book:
Newark (EWR) to Helsinki (HEL) in December for $299 round-trip on Icelandair via Expedia:
Newark (EWR) to Amsterdam (AMS) in November for $308 round-trip on Icelandair via Expedia:
Newark (EWR) to Copenhagen (CPH) in December for $309 round-trip on Icelandair via Expedia:
New York (JFK) to Stockholm (ARN) in October for $328 round-trip on Icelandair via Expedia:
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 Premier Rewards Gold 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.
Featured image of Katajanokka Island, Helsinki by Lingxiao Xie / Getty Images.