Deal Alert: New York to Europe From $649 Round-Trip in Premium Economy

Jul 16, 2019

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We’re seeing cheap flights from New York (JFK) and Newark (EWR) to Amsterdam (AMS), Paris (CDG) and Rome (FCO) from just $649 round-trip on American Airlines and British Airways in Premium Economy. Flights are available from October through the middle of March. While the transatlantic flights are in true premium economy, the shorter European legs will be in standard economy.

Premium economy on British Airways’ Boing 787. Image by JT Genter / The Points Guy.

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 through an OTA like Priceline or Expedia.

Airline: British Airways
Routes: JFK/EWR to AMS/FCO/CDG
Cost: $649+ round-trip in premium economy
Dates: October – March
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, American Express® Gold Card (3x on airfare) or Chase Sapphire Preferred Card (2x on travel)

Here are a few examples of what you can book:

New York (JFK) to Amsterdam (AMS) for $649 round-trip on British Airways:

New York (JFK) to Rome (FCO) for $655 round-trip on British Airways:

Newark (EWR) to Amsterdam (AMS) for $660 round-trip on British Airways:


New York (JFK) to Paris (CDG) for $728 round-trip nonstop on American:

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