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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.
Three popular European destinations are on sale letting you fly to Barcelona (BCN), Madrid (MAD) and Paris (CDG) from just $245 round-trip. Most flights are on full-service carriers like United, American and Iberia — but some of the cheapest fares are a combination of budget airlines like Level. But at that price, a round-trip flight may be cheaper than a night at a hotel!
Flights are in basic economy, meaning a checked bag and seat selection come at an extra cost — but you’ll still earn miles and enjoy a free meal.
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: TAP Portugal, Level, Iberia, United, American, British Airways, Delta, Air France
Routes: JFK/EWR/BOS/IAD/MIA/ORD/LAX/PHL to BCN/MAD/CDG
Cost: $245+ round-trip in economy
Dates: September to December
Pay With: The Platinum Card® from American Express (5x on airfare booked directly with the airline), Citi Prestige Card (5x on airfare plus excellent trip delay insurance), Citi Premier Card, Chase Sapphire Reserve, American Express® Gold Card (3x on airfare) or Chase Sapphire Preferred Card (2x on travel)
Here are a few examples of what you can book:
New York (JFK) to Barcelona (BCN) for $245 round-trip on TAP Portugal/Level:
Boston (BOS) to Barcelona (BCN) for $263 nonstop round-trip on Level:
New York (JFK) to Paris (CDG) for $315 nonstop round-trip on Delta/Air France:
Newark (EWR) to Barcelona (BCN) for $328 nonstop round-trip on United:
Miami (MIA) to Madrid (MAD) for $360 round-trip on Iberia:
Miami (MIA) to Barcelona (BCN) for $380 round-trip on Iberia via British Airways:
Miami (MIA) to Paris (CDG) for $385 round-trip on American:
Philadelphia (PHL) to Barcelona (BCN) for $396 round-trip on British Airways/American:
Washington DC (IAD) to Barcelona (BCN) for $395 round-trip on TAP Portugal:
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), Citi Prestige Card (5x on airfare on plus excellent trip delay insurance), Chase Sapphire Reserve, American Express® Gold Card, Citi Premier Card (3x on airfare) or the Chase Sapphire Preferred Card (2x on all travel purchases). Check out this post for more on maximizing airfare purchases.
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