Deal alert: Southern US to Europe starting at $247 R/T
Update: Some offers mentioned below are no longer available. View the current offers here.
It's not often we see cheap flight deals originating out of the South, but today we are. You can fly from cities like Houston (IAH), Charleston (CHS) and Atlanta (ATL) to cities like Madrid (MAD) and Berlin (TXL) as low as $247 round-trip.
Note that all fares are in each airline’s respective basic economy class. While basic economy means different things to different airlines, generally you can’t pick your seat in advance and limited in your ability to check bags. However, there are ways to defeat aspects of basic economy by using an airline’s co-branded credit card.
Finally, if you don’t see your preferred city listed below, it still may be worth checking as many routes appear to be discounted. We first spotted the Atlanta–Madrid deal at Notiflyr.
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 an OTA like Orbitz or Expedia.
Airline: American, British Airways
Routes: IAH/MIA/ATL/CHS/RDU/BNA/RIC – MAD/ZRH/TXL/CDG
Cost: $247+ round-trip in basic economy
Dates: October – December
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, Chase Sapphire Reserve, (3x on travel), American Express® Gold Card (3x on airfare when booked directly with the airline) or Chase Sapphire Preferred Card (2x on travel)
Here are a few examples of what you can book:
Atlanta (ATL) to Madrid (MAD) for $247 round-trip on American:
Miami (MIA) to Paris (CDG) for $255 round-trip nonstop on American:
Charleston (CHS) to Zurich (ZRH) for $334 round-trip on American:
Richmond (RIC) to Zurich (ZRH) for $334 round-trip on American:
Houston (IAH) to Zurich (ZRH) for $343 round-trip on American:
Raleigh (RDU) to Berlin (TXL) for $356 round-trip on American and British Airways:
Nashville (BNA) to Berlin (TXL) for $356 round-trip on British Airways:
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 Reserve, American Express® Gold Card, Citi Premier® Card (3x on airfare) or the Chase Sapphire Preferred Card (2x on all travel purchases). Check out this post for more on maximizing airfare purchases.