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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.

It may feel like it’s getting harder to find cheap fares to Europe as low-cost carriers continue to fail, but today there’s no lack of discounted flights to the continent. Right now, there are flights available from all over the US to Europe for as little as $291 round-trip. And this deal is widespread: there’s 12+ cities available for under $320 round-trip.

While these are on full-service Star Alliance airlines, the fares are “basic economy” style tickets that don’t allow free seat advance assignment or checked bags. But they still allow a carry-on bag, a personal item and include a meal. Even if you need to tack on a few extra fees, you’ll still get a solid deal to Europe.

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 AmsterdamBarcelona and Paris to maximize your time while on vacation.

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.

Airlines: TAP Portugal, Air Canada, United
Routes: BOS/EWR/MIA/ATL/MSP/RDU/PHX/DTW/TPA/CVG/MCO/FLL to DUB/BCN/CDG/AMS
Cost: $291+ round-trip
Travel Dates: January to April 2019
Pay With: The Platinum Card® from American Express (5x on airfare booked directly with the airline), Citi Premier CardChase Sapphire ReserveAmerican Express® Gold CardCiti Prestige (3x on airfare plus trip delay insurance) or Chase Sapphire Preferred (2x on travel)

Here are a few examples of what you can book:

Boston (BOS) to Dublin (DUB) for $291 round-trip on TAP Portugal:

Boston (BOS) to Barcelona (BCN) for $297 round-trip on TAP Portugal via Priceline:

Miami (MIA) to Dublin (DUB) for $303 round-trip on Air Canada via Expedia:

Atlanta (ATL) to Dublin (DUB) for $303 round-trip on Air Canada:

Newark (EWR) to Paris (CDG) for $304 round-trip on United:

Minneapolis (MSP) to Dublin (DUB) for $304 round-trip on United/Air Canada:

Raleigh/Durham (RDU) to Dublin (DUB) for $304 round-trip on United/Air Canada:

Phoenix (PHX) to Dublin (DUB) for $313 round-trip on Air Canada:

Detroit (DTW) to Amsterdam (AMS) for $317 round-trip on Air Canada via Expedia:

Tampa (TPA) to Amsterdam (AMS) for $317 round-trip on Air Canada via Expedia:

Cincinnati (CVG) to Amsterdam (AMS) for $318 round-trip on United/Air Canada:

Orlando (MCO) to Amsterdam (AMS) for $318 round-trip on United/Air Canada:

Fort Lauderdale (FLL) to Dublin (DUB) for $320 round-trip on United:

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 ReserveAmerican Express® Gold CardCiti PremierCiti Prestige (3x on airfare) 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

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