Deal Alert: Flights to Europe on Mainline Carriers From $277 Round-Trip

Oct 5, 2018

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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.

On Thursday, we posted some great nonstop deals to Europe on Norwegian, LEVEL and American Airlines. Well, it looks like Lufthansa felt bad for not having an option and is offering up an excellent sub-$300 rates from both the East and West Coast to Paris and Rome. If you’re not down for stopping on the way to Italy, Alitalia has your back with a solid nonstop flight option. And, American Airlines is back again today with a great deal to Zurich.

Here’s the catch: the Lufthansa 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 gorgeous Airbus A380 on some of these routes, making this a great opportunity to fly the jumbo jet.

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

To search the American Airlines and Alitalia fares, 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.

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 ParisRomeZurich to maximize your time while on vacation.

Airlines: Lufthansa, American Airlines, Alitalia
Routes: MIA/LAX/SFO/ORD to FCO/CDG/ZRH
Cost: $277+ round-trip in economy
Travel Dates: November-March 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:

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

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

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

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

Chicago (ORD) to Zurich (ZRH) for $333 round-trip on American Airlines:

San Francisco (SFO) to Zurich (ZRH) for $333 round-trip on American Airlines:

Los Angeles (LAX) to Rome (FCO) for $382 round-trip nonstop on Alitalia:

Maximize Your Purchase

Don’t forget to use a credit card that earns additional points on airfare purchases, such as The Platinum Card® from American Express (5x on flights booked directly with airlines or American Express Travel), Chase Sapphire Reserve, American Express® Gold Card, Citi Premier, or the Chase Sapphire Preferred Card (2x on all travel purchases). Check out this post for more on maximizing airfare purchases.

H/T: Scott’s Cheap Flights

Featured image by Getty Images

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