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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’s been over a year since Primera Air announced its low-cost transatlantic flights between the US and Europe, and we’ve seen plenty of ups and downs with this airline. Recently, the carrier introduced “nonstop flights” from the US to London that turned out to not be nonstop at all. But when flights from the US to Europe can cost several hundred dollars, even just for basic economy, a round-trip flight on a low-cost carrier for less than $250 can be hard to pass up.

So if you’re willing to fly a no-frills airline, right now Primera Air is offering Boston (BOS) and New York/Newark (EWR) travelers nonstop flights to London’s Stansted (STN) airport for as low as $237 in September and October. You can use Google Flights to search for the dates you want, then book with your preferred travel provider (though note that some of these fares aren’t coming up on third-party sites such as Orbitz or Expedia, so you may have to book directly at Primera Air’s website).

The previously mentioned faux “nonstop” flights are now noted as “via Reykjavik” on Primera Air’s schedule and appear to be mostly limited to the first week of September, so double check that you’ll be on an A321 flying nonstop before you book. And keep in mind that Primera Air is a budget airline, so checked bags and seat assignments will cost extra (though lately mainline carriers have been rolling out basic economy fares on transatlantic routes as well).

Airlines: Primera Air
Routes: BOS/EWR to London-Stansted (STN)
Cost: $69+ one-way, $237+ round-trip nonstop in economy
Travel Dates: September and October
Booking Link: OrbitzExpedia or directly with Primera Air
Pay With: The Platinum Card® from American Express (5x on airfare), Citi Premier CardChase Sapphire Reserve, Citi Prestige (3x on airfare plus excellent trip delay insurance) or Chase Sapphire Preferred (2x on travel)

Here are a few examples of what you can book:

Boston (BOS) to London Stansted, England (STN) nonstop for $237 round-trip:

Boston (BOS) to London Stansted (STN) nonstop for $357 round-trip:

New York/Newark (EWR) to London Stansted (STN) nonstop for $293 round-trip:

New York/Newark (EWR) to London Stansted (STN) nonstop for $323 round-trip:

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 Reserve, Citi 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: Secret Flying

Google flights is a great way to book and compare flight costs- read more about Google Flights.

 


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