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

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
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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.

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(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.
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Why We Chose It

The revamped Wander Card from Credit One Bank earns cardmembers up to 10 points per dollar spent on eligible travel purchases. With no foreign transaction fees, the card is also great for international travel. However, points earned from this card can only be used at a fixed value, so it may not be the best option for those striving to get maximum value from their rewards.

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  • Earn 10x points on eligible hotels and car rentals booked through the Credit One Bank travel site
  • Earn 5x points on eligible travel, dining, and gas
  • Earn 1x points on all other purchases
  • Redeem your reward points for statement credits, gift cards, merchandise, flights, hotels, and more
  • With $0 Fraud Liability, you won’t be responsible for unauthorized charges
  • Free Online Credit Score and Credit Report summary, terms apply
  • If you are a Covered Borrower under the Military Lending Act, you may get a different offer
  • See Rates & Fees