Deal alert: Flights to Europe have dropped to $220 round-trip

Sep 11, 2019

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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.

Here at TPG, Europe is always a favorite destination. From historic cities, to great food, to awesome hotel award redemptions there’s something for everyone.

We’re seeing cheap deals from major U.S. cities like Los Angeles (LAX), Boston (BOS) and Miami (MIA) to several European cities starting at just $220 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 cobranded 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 saw the deals at Scott’s Cheap Flights.

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: Iberia, Delta, American, British Airways
Routes: JFK/BOS/PHL/ORD/LAX/MIA to BCN/MAD/DUB/CDG
Cost: $220+ round-trip in basic economy
Dates: October – March 2020
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Here are a few examples of what you can book:

New York (JFK) to Barcelona (BCN) for $220 round-trip nonstop on Delta:

Boston (BOS) to Madrid (MAD) for $233 round-trip nonstop on Iberia via American:

Miami (MIA) to Paris (CDG) for $255 round-trip nonstop on American:

Los Angeles (LAX) to Rome (FCO) for $272 round-trip on British Airways:

Chicago (ORD) to Barcelona (BCN) for $283 round-trip on Delta:

Philadelphia (PHL) to Dublin (DUB) for $329 round-trip nonstop on American via Finnair:

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