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Nonstop business class to Italy, Spain and more from just $1,050 one-way

June 13, 2021
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Generally, you'll spend considerably more on a one-way flight to Europe than you will a round-trip — that certainly isn't the case right now!

As reported on Flyertalk, several airlines are currently offering incredible fares on both one-way and round-trip flights between the East Coast and a handful of popular European destinations, including Barcelona (BCN), Madrid (MAD), Milan (MXP), Rome (FCO) and Vienna (VIE).

Booking a one-way trip gives you the flexibility to travel on to a different city or even a different continent before returning to the U.S. You can also use this sale as an opportunity to pay cash for the flight to Europe and redeem miles for the trip home.

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Note that these fares are only available from airports in the New York City area, including JFK and Newark (EWR), though you could book a separate flight to New York and take advantage of this Europe fare sale from there.

Best of all, these fares are available on nonstop flights — you won't have to connect in a third country en-route to your destination, so you'll only have to worry about one country's travel requirements, not two.

Airline: American, Alitalia, Austrian, Delta, Iberia, United
Routes: From EWR and JFK to BCN, MAD, MXP, FCO, VIE
Cost: From $1,050 one-way
Dates: Travel between June 27 and Sept. 15, 2021
Pay With: The Platinum Card® from American Express (5x on airfare booked directly with the airline or through American Express Travel ; earn 5x points on up to $500,000 on these purchases per calendar year), Citi Prestige® Card (5x on airfare), Citi Premier® Card, Chase Sapphire Reserve (3x on air travel), American Express® Gold Card (3x on airfare when booked directly with the airline) or Chase Sapphire Preferred Card (2x on travel)

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The lowest fares are on United Airlines from Newark to Barcelona. You'll fly on a Boeing 767-300ER — for now, your flight may show United's older 2-1-2 business class, but almost all of these planes have been retrofitted with the new Polaris seats up top, so you'll almost certainly travel in the airline's best biz seat.

(Screenshot courtesy of United)

After that, flights to Milan are priced the lowest — you can fly Alitalia, American, Delta or United for the same price, depending on the date.

(Screenshot courtesy of Delta)

Austrian's nonstop flights to Vienna are pricing a hair higher, just over the $1,100 mark. These flights can be booked via United as well, if you prefer.

(Screenshot courtesy of Austrian)

Alitalia, American and United all have sub-$1,300 one-ways to Rome available, depending on the date, but it could be fun to save $200 on your flight and take the train from Milan, instead.

(Screenshot courtesy of American)

One-way flights to Madrid can be booked for under $1,400, but, personally, I'd lock in one of those sub-$1,100 fares to Barcelona and drive or fly to Madrid, since Barcelona is such an incredible city to visit.

(Screenshot courtesy of Iberia)

One-way pricing may seem especially attractive, but it could still be worth considering a round-trip — in many cases, you'll fly to Europe and back to the U.S. for under $2,000 all-in.

(Screenshot courtesy of United)

Multi-city options are worth a look, too — for example, you can fly into Milan and back from Rome for roughly the cost of a round-trip.

(Screenshot courtesy of United)

Maximize your purchase

Don’t forget to use a 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, American Express® Gold Card, Citi Premier® Card, Citi Prestige Card (5x on airfare) or the Chase Sapphire Preferred Card (2x on all travel purchases). Check out this guide for more on maximizing airfare purchases.

Featured image by Polaris business class on United's "high-J" 767-300ER. Photo by Zach Honig / The Points Guy.
Editorial disclaimer: Opinions expressed here are the author’s alone, not those of any bank, credit card issuer, airline or hotel chain, and have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by any of these entities.

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  • For a limited time, earn 80,000 bonus ThankYou® Points after you spend $4,000 in purchases within the first 3 months of account opening
  • Earn 3 Points per $1 spent at Restaurants and Supermarkets
  • Earn 3 Points per $1 spent at Gas Stations, Air Travel and Hotels
  • Earn 1 Point per $1 spent on all other purchases
  • Annual Hotel Savings Benefit
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Card Rating is based on the opinion of TPG‘s editors and is not influenced by the card issuer.
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3XEarn 3 Points per $1 spent at Restaurants and Supermarkets
3XEarn 3 Points per $1 spent at Gas Stations, Air Travel and Hotels
1XEarn 1 Point per $1 spent on all other purchases
  • Intro Offer
    For a limited time, earn 80,000 bonus ThankYou® Points after you spend $4,000 in purchases within the first 3 months of account opening

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  • Annual Fee

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  • Recommended Credit
    Credit ranges are a variation of FICO© Score 8, one of many types of credit scores lenders may use when considering your credit card application.

    670-850
    Excellent, Good

Why We Chose It

The Citi Premier’s 3 points per dollar spent across a wide range of popular categories is one of the more lucrative offerings in the world of points and miles. The Citi Premier comes with a $95 annual fee and is currently offering a solid sign up bonus of 80,000 points after you spend $4,000 on purchases within the first three months. It also has some valuable transfer partners to make the most of your rewards. Add in access to Citi Entertainment plus a $100 hotel credit for any single-stay hotel booking that exceeds $500 or more, excluding taxes and fees, booked through the Citi travel website, there are few reasons why the Citi Premier should not be in every traveler’s wallet.

Pros

  • Earns 3x points on restaurants, supermarkets, gas stations, air travel and hotels.
  • $100 annual hotel savings benefit (on single hotel stay bookings of $500 or more, excluding taxes and fees, booked through thankyou.com)
  • Points transfer to 16 airline programs, from JetBlue to Virgin Atlantic.
  • World Elite Mastercard benefits, extended warranty, damage and theft protection.

Cons

  • $95 annual fee
  • Lacks travel protections that other travel rewards cards come with
  • For a limited time, earn 80,000 bonus ThankYou® Points after you spend $4,000 in purchases within the first 3 months of account opening
  • Earn 3 Points per $1 spent at Restaurants and Supermarkets
  • Earn 3 Points per $1 spent at Gas Stations, Air Travel and Hotels
  • Earn 1 Point per $1 spent on all other purchases
  • Annual Hotel Savings Benefit
  • 80,000 Points are redeemable for $800 in gift cards when redeemed at thankyou.com
  • No expiration and no limit to the amount of points you can earn with this card
  • No Foreign Transaction Fees on purchases