[Expanded] Deal Alert: Star Alliance to Europe From $228 Round-Trip Nonstop
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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.
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
Pay With: The Platinum Card® from American Express (5x on airfare booked directly with the airline), Citi Premier® Card, Chase Sapphire Reserve, American Express® Gold Card, or Chase Sapphire Preferred Card (2x on travel)
Booking Link: Kayak, Priceline, Orbitz, Expedia 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:
Maximize Your Purchase
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