Deal Alert: Flights to Europe From $225 Round-Trip
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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 (on up to $500,000 on these purchases per calendar year). 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.
Flights to European cities have dropped to as low as $225 round-trip. While this isn’t unusual for the East Coast, it’s much less common for West Coast cities like Los Angeles (LAX) and San Francisco (SFO) where flights are currently as low as $332 round-trip and some routes even have nonstop availability.
All of these low fares are in each airline’s version of basic economy, so you’ll have to pay additional fees to check a bag and select seats ahead of time, and may not be eligible for upgrades.
Some of these fares are available as soon as October, but most aren’t available until January 2020. You’ll have to play around with your dates and routes on Google Flights to see what fits your travel dates.
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 through an OTA like Priceline or Expedia.
Airline: American, KLM, Delta, Aer Lingus, Air Italy
Routes: LAX/SFO/ORD/JFK/LGA/BOS/MIA/MCO to LHR/BCN/MAD/CDG/AMS/FCO/DUB/MXP
Cost: $225 round-trip in basic economy
Travel Dates: October 2019 – March 2020
Pay With: The Platinum Card® from American Express (5x on airfare booked directly with the airline), Citi Prestige Card (5x on airfare), Citi Premier® Card, Chase Sapphire Reserve, American Express® Gold Card (3x on airfare when booked directly with the airline) or Chase Sapphire Preferred Card (2x on travel)
Here are a few examples of what you can book:
New York (JFK) to Madrid (MAD) for $225 round-trip on Delta:
New York (JFK) to Rome (FCO) for $280 round-trip on American:
New York (JFK) to Paris (CDG) for $296 round-trip on American:New York (JFK) to Amsterdam (AMS) for $312 round-trip on KLM: Los Angeles (LAX) to London (LHR) for $331 round-trip on American: Orlando (MCO) to London (LHR) for $339 round-trip on Virgin:
Los Angeles (LAX) to Barcelona (BCN) for $351 round-trip on American:
Los Angeles (LAX) to London (LHR) for $357 round-trip on Virgin:
San Francisco (SFO) to Paris (CDG) for $367 round-trip on American: Boston (BOS) to Dublin (DUB) for $375 round-trip on Aer Lingus:
Chicago (ORD) to London (LHR) for $378 round-trip:
Miami (MIA) to Milan (MXP for $389 round-trip on Air Italy:
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