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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.

With both Primera Air going belly-up and low-cost carriers scaling back operations to the US this week, it seems that legacy carriers smell blood and are going in for the kill. Star Alliance airlines Lufthansa and United are offering jaw-dropping deals from US cities to Europe — including Amsterdam, Paris and Rome. There are even more options than we list below — including about a dozen cities to London for less than $400 round-trip — but we’re listing all of the options that we could find under $300 round-trip.

Here’s the catch: the best deals aren’t showing up on Google Flights. You’ll have to search and find them on Kayak and click through to Lufthansa’s website to book directly at these rates. Lufthansa operates its Airbus A380 on some of these routes, making this a great opportunity to fly the jumbo jet. Hot tip: see if there’s economy on the upper deck on the version you’re flying. I’ve found it’s an excellent experience thanks to the small cabin and better seating arrangement.

02 May 2018, Germany, Frankfurt am Main: An Airbus A-380 of Lufthansa starts on the western runway of Frankfurt am Main
An Airbus A-380 of Lufthansa lands on the western runway of Frankfurt am Main’s airport. (Photo by Boris Roessler/picture alliance via Getty Images)

If you’re looking for something interesting to do while you’re in Europe, check out Get Your Guide’s list of best activities in AmsterdamParis and Rome to maximize your time while on vacation.

Airlines: Lufthansa, United
Routes: EWR/SFO/JFK/LAX/MIA/DEN to AMS/FCO/CDG
Cost: $228+ round-trip in economy
Travel Dates: October – May 2019
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Booking Link: KayakPricelineOrbitzExpedia or directly with the airline

Here are a few examples of what you can book for less than $300 round-trip:

Newark (EWR) to Amsterdam (AMS) for $228 round-trip nonstop on United:

Newark (EWR) to Rome (FCO) for $250 round-trip nonstop on United:

Newark (EWR) to Paris (CDG) for $255 round-trip on United/Lufthansa:

San Francisco (SFO) to Paris (CDG) for $267 round-trip nonstop on United:

New York’s Kennedy (JFK) to Amsterdam (AMS) for $272 round-trip on Lufthansa:

Los Angeles (LAX) to Paris (CDG) for $278 round-trip on United/Lufthansa:

Miami (MIA) to Rome (FCO) for $277 round-trip on Lufthansa:

Miami (MIA) to Paris (CDG) for $282 round-trip on Lufthansa/United:

Los Angeles (LAX) to Rome (FCO) for $287 round-trip on Lufthansa:

San Francisco (SFO) to Rome (FCO) for $287 round-trip on Lufthansa:

Denver (DEN) to Paris (CDG) for $288 round-trip on Lufthansa:

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