Europe deal alert: Paris, Athens, Amsterdam and more from $272 round trip

Feb 14, 2020

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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.

Once again, flights to Europe have dropped below $300 round-trip, as first reported by The Flight Deal. In case you missed the $187 Iberia sale to Barcelona this week, here’s your chance to visit France, Spain, Norway, Greece and more on a budget.

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Some of these fares may book into basic economy, which means different things to different airlines, but often means you may not have free use of the overhead bins for a carry-on bag. You probably also won’t be able to select your seat, get an upgrade or earn PQM/PQS/PQDs. However, it’s possible to defeat many of basic economy’s negative aspects by having elite status or a cobranded credit card.

To find a deal, 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: TAP Air Portugal, American, Finnair, Delta, Air France, KLM
Routes: EWR/JFK to MAD/BGO/ATH/CDG/AMS
Cost: from $272 round trip
Dates: February-May 2020
Pay With: The Platinum Card® from American Express (5x on airfare booked directly with the airline or through American Express Travel), Citi Prestige® Card (5x on airfare), Citi Premier℠ CardChase Sapphire Reserve (3x on airfare immediately after earning your $300 annual travel credit), American Express® Gold Card (3x on airfare when booked directly with the airline) or Chase Sapphire Preferred Card (2x on travel)

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Here are some examples of specific flights that are available:

New York/Newark (EWR) to Madrid (MAD) for $272 round-trip on TAP Air Portugal via Gotogate ($280 direct from TAP Air Portugal): 

New York/Newark (EWR) to Amsterdam (AMS) for $291 round-trip on United: 

New York (JFK) to Paris (CDG) for $298 round-trip on American: 

New York (JFK) to Bergen, Norway (BGO) for $301 round-trip on Delta/Air France/KLM: 

Newark (EWR) to Athens (ATH) for $307 round-trip on United/Swiss: 

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