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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 might 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.

These are some fantastic full-fare economy prices for peak summer travel times, with all three major carriers and some of their alliance partners offering sub-$500 round-trip fares to a number of popular destinations in Europe. The cheapest destination cities seem to be Madrid (MAD) and Barcelona (BCN), with widespread availability through the summer months.

Use Google Flights to search for the dates you want, and then book directly with the airline.

Airline: Air Canada, Air France, American, Delta KLM, United
Cost: $373+ round-trip in coach
Dates:  April – November 2018
Pay With: The Platinum Card from American Express (5x on airfare), Chase Sapphire Reserve, Citi Prestige (3x on airfare) or Chase Sapphire Preferred (2x on travel)

Here are a few examples of dates you can book:

Fort Lauderdale (FLL) to Madrid (MAD) on United for $373 round-trip in April/May: 

Dallas Fort-Worth (DFW) to Madrid (MAD) on United for $397 round-trip in June: 

Charlotte (CLT) to Barcelona (BCN) on Air Canada for $399 round-trip in June: 

Philadelphia (PHL) to Rome (FCO) on United for $404 round-trip in May: 

Seattle (SEA) to Paris (CDG) on American for $445 round-trip in October: 

San Francisco (SFO) to Paris (CDG) on American for $445 round-trip in August:

Los Angeles (LAX) to Copenhagen (CPH) on United/Air Canada for $452 round-trip in September: 

Newark (EWR) to Paris (CDG) on Air France/Delta for $452 round-trip in August: 

Atlanta (ATL) to Amsterdam (AMS) on United for $457 round-trip in June: 

New York (JFK) to Amsterdam (AMS) on KLM for $565 round-trip in July: 

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, or Citi Prestige (3x on airfare) or the Chase Sapphire Preferred (2x on all travel purchases). Check out this post for more on maximizing airfare purchases.

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