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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 American Express Platinum Card, you’ll need to book directly with the airline or through 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.
This is definitely the year to go to Europe! Once again, full-service carriers are competing to offer sub-$400 round-trip tickets to various popular cities across Europe, including Amsterdam, Oslo, Rome, Lisbon and Madrid. United and Star Alliance carriers seem to have the best options available from Newark (EWR), but American has a number of good deals from LAX and SFO.
Airline: American, United
Routes: EWR/SFO to LIS/FCO/OSL/MAD/AMS
Cost: $345+ round-trip in economy
Dates: September 2018 to February 2019
Booking Link: Orbitz, Expedia or directly with the airline
Pay With: The Platinum Card from American Express (5x on airfare), Chase Sapphire Reserve, American Express® Gold Card, Citi Prestige (3x on airfare plus excellent trip delay insurance) or Chase Sapphire Preferred (2x on travel)
Newark (EWR) to Amsterdam (AMS) for $345 round-trip in October in economy on United:
Newark (EWR) to Amsterdam (AMS) for $350 round-trip in September in economy on United:
Newark (EWR) to Lisbon (LIS) for $352 round-trip in November in economy on United:
San Francisco (SFO) to Oslo (OSL) for $371 round-trip in November/December in economy on United:
San Francisco (SFO) to Oslo (OSL) for $374 round-trip in January in economy on United:
Newark (EWR) to Lisbon (LIS) for $371 round-trip in October in economy on United:
Newark (EWR) to Madrid (MAD) for $407 round-trip in February in economy on United:
San Francisco (SFO) to Rome (FCO) for $442 round-trip in October in economy on American:
Maximize Your Purchase
Don’t forget to use a credit card that earns additional points on airfare purchases, such as the American Express Platinum Card (5x on flights booked directly with airlines or American Express Travel), Chase Sapphire Reserve, American Express® Gold Card 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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