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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.
Flights from major cities such as Washington DC (IAD), New York (JFK) and Chicago (ORD) to Vienna (VIE) are currently available for as low as $316 round-trip. The fares, which all include one stop, are available on Oneworld partners including Iberia, American Airlines and British Airways. There’s great availability from October through March 2020.
Note that the fares are in basic economy, which means you’ll pay to check bags and choose seats, or you’ll be assigned a seat during check-in. You’ll also board last, but you can avoid some of the basic economy rules by utilizing your airline elite status or a cobranded card.
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: Iberia, British Airways, American Airlines
Routes: JFK/EWR/IAD/BWI/ORD to VIE
Cost: $316+ round-trip in basic economy
Travel Dates: October – March 2020
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 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 Vienna (VIE) for $316 round-trip on Iberia in basic economy:
Newark (EWR) to Vienna (VIE) for $328 round-trip on British Airways in basic economy:
Baltimore (BWI) to Vienna (VIE) for $328 round-trip on British Airways in basic economy:
Washington-Dulles (IAD) to Vienna (VIE) for $328 round-trip on British Airways in basic economy:
Chicago (ORD) to Vienna (VIE) for $316 round-trip on Iberia:
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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