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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.
Although these aren’t the lowest prices we’ve ever seen to Europe, they are pretty great considering the rising cost of airline fuel. Even better, many of these fares are for nonstop flights on full-service carriers, so most will include a free checked bag and meal. All flights will earn miles, too, even with Air Italy, where you can earn British Airways Avios points.
You can fly from major hubs like Chicago (ORD), New York (JFK), Newark (EWR), Boston (BOS), Baltimore (BWI), San Francisco (SFO), Miami (MIA) and Los Angeles (LAX) to Amsterdam (AMS), Rome (FCO), Milan (MXP), Madrid (MAD) and Barcelona (BCN) from as little as $367 round-trip.
Airlines: Air Italy, KLM, Delta, United, Iberia
Routes: ORD/JFK/MIA/BOS/BWI/SFO/LAX to AMS/FCO/MXP/MAD/BCN
Cost: $367+ round-trip in economy, $388+ round-trip nonstop in economy
Dates: September through March 2019
Booking Link: Orbitz, Expedia or directly with the airline
Pay With: The Platinum Card® from American Express (5x on airfare), Citi ThankYou Premier Card, 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:
New York (JFK) to Rome (FCO) for $367 round-trip on Air Italy:
Miami (MXP) to Milan (MIL) for $388 round-trip nonstop on Air Italy:
Newark (EWR) to Madrid (MAD) for $409 round-trip nonstop on United:
Chicago (ORD) to Amsterdam (AMS) for $411 round-trip nonstop on KLM:
San Francisco (SFO) to Barcelona (LIH) for $418 round-trip on Finnair via Iberia.com:
Baltimore (BWI) to Amsterdam (AMD) for $426 round-trip on Delta:
Boston (BOS) to Milan (MIL) for $432 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), Chase Sapphire Reserve, American Express Premier Rewards Gold, Citi ThankYou Premier, 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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