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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 to Europe are back on sale, and while they aren’t as low as some of the prices we’ve seen recently like $247 round-trip to Spain — they are still worth seeing. You can fly from San Francisco (SFO), Boston (BOS), New York (JFK), Miami (MIA), San Diego (SAN), Seattle (SEA), Los Angeles (LAX) and Philadelphia (PHL) with prices starting from $327 round-trip.

Flights are operated by a variety of full-service carriers like American, Delta and United — but fares do book into basic economy, so you’ll have to pay extra for a checked bag and seat selection.

If you’re looking for something interesting to do while you’re in France, check out Get Your Guide’s list of best activities in Paris.

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, Orbitz or Expedia.

Airline: Air France, Corsair, Delta, American, United
Routes: SFO/BOS/JFK/MIA/SAN/SEA/LAX/PHL to CDG
Cost: $327+ round-trip in economy
Travel Dates: February-April, September-December
Pay With: The Platinum Card® from American Express (5x on airfare), Citi Prestige (5x on airfare), Chase Sapphire ReserveAmerican Express® Gold CardCiti Premier 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 Paris (CDG) for $327 round-trip on American:

Boston (BOS) to Paris (CDG) for $365 round-trip nonstop on Delta:

San Francisco (SFO) to Paris (CDG) for $375 round-trip nonstop on Air France via Priceline:

San Francisco (SFO) to Paris (CDG) for $375 round-trip nonstop on United via Priceline:

Miami (MIA) to Paris-Orly (ORY) for $380 round-trip on Corsair via Orbitz:

Philadelphia (PHL) to Paris (CDG) for $444 round-trip on American/Iberia:

Los Angeles (LAX) to Paris (CDG) for $478 round-trip nonstop on Air France:

Maximize Your Purchase

Don’t forget to use a credit card that earns additional points on airfare purchases to pay the taxes and fees, such as the Platinum Card® from American Express (5x on flights booked directly with airlines or American Express Travel), American Express® Gold CardChase Sapphire Reserve, Citi Premier, Citi Prestige (5x 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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The Platinum Card® from American Express

The American Express Platinum card has some of the best perks out there: cardholders enjoy the best domestic lounge access (Delta SkyClubs, Centurion Lounges, and Priority Pass), up to a $200 annual airline fee credit as well as up to $200 in Uber credits, and mid-tier elite status at Marriott and Hilton. Combined with the 60,000 point welcome offer -- worth $1,200 based on TPG's valuations -- this card is a no-brainer for frequent travelers. Here are 5 reasons you should consider this card, as well as how you can figure out if the annual fee makes sense for you.

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  • Earn 60,000 Membership Rewards® points after you use your new Card to make $5,000 in purchases in your first 3 months.
  • Enjoy Uber VIP status and free rides in the U.S. up to $15 each month, plus a bonus $20 in December. That can be up to $200 in annual Uber savings.
  • 5X Membership Rewards® points on flights booked directly with airlines or with American Express Travel.
  • 5X Membership Rewards points on prepaid hotels booked on amextravel.com.
  • Enjoy access to the Global Lounge Collection, the only credit card airport lounge access program that includes proprietary lounge locations around the world.
  • Receive complimentary benefits with an average total value of $550 with Fine Hotels & Resorts. Learn More.
  • $200 Airline Fee Credit, up to $200 per calendar year in baggage fees and more at one qualifying airline.
  • Get up to $100 in statement credits annually for purchases at Saks Fifth Avenue on your Platinum Card®. Enrollment required.
  • $550 annual fee.
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