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Flights to Europe for less than $300 round-trip with Play deal

Sept. 02, 2022
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To celebrate the unofficial end of summer, budget Icelandic airline Play is offering travelers the chance to book round-trip flights at 25% off to select Europen destinations.

This deal follows last week's news of the airline's expansion to Dulles International Airport (IAD) in April 2023.

Flights from New York Stewart International Airport (SWF) and Boston Logan International Airport (BOS) to Paris, London, Dublin and more start at just $266.

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Although this deal can be booked through next week, we don't expect these flights to last.

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Deal basics

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Airline: Play.
Routes: From New York and Boston to Brussels, Berlin, Dublin, Paris, Iceland, London and Copenhagen.
How to book: Book directly with the airline.
Travel dates: September 2022-March 2023.
Book by: Sept. 2-Sept.7, 2022.

Sample routes

This deal features round-trip flights to seven European destinations from SWF and BOS, including the below routes:

  • SWF to Keflavik Airport (KEF): Starting at $266.
  • SWF to Dublin Airport (DUB): Starting at $283.
  • SWF to Copenhagen Airport (CPH): Starting at $296.
  • BOS to Brussels Airport (BRU) and SWF/BOS to Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG): Starting at $299.
  • BOS to Berlin Brandenburg Airport (BER): Starting at $336.
  • BOS to London Stansted Airport (STN): Starting at $351.

Because this deal includes flights from both BOS and SWF, I would start your search by using the carrier’s calendar online to see the lowest-priced fares available in a given month from each departure city.

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For example, you could book a round-trip ticket from SWF to DUB for $283 for late November. Be sure to select the "Special offer" fare, which will be indicated in purple on the right-hand side.

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Read more: $99 flights to Europe? Budget airline Play is landing in Washington, DC

Remember that as a budget airline, Play charges its passengers extra for just about everything, including any carry-on item larger than a personal item that fits under the seat.

In booking Play fares, you'll want to factor in an additional $51 for a full-size carry-on or $78 for a checked bag.

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Also, you'll have to pay to select a seat, ranging from $5-$41, with the cheapest seats toward the back of the plane.

Most of these flights will have a stop in Keflavik, so you'll need to select seats for each segment of the trip. Factoring in four seats at $5 each brings the total price of this fare to $299.

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Maximize your purchase

If you book this deal, be sure to use a credit card that earns bonus points on airfare purchases, including The Platinum Card® from American Express (5 points per dollar on airfare booked directly with the airline or through American Express Travel, on up to $500,000 on these purchases per calendar year) or the Citi Prestige® Card, which also offers 5 points per dollar on airfare.

Alternatively, consider the Citi Premier® Card or Chase Sapphire Reserve, both of which offer 3 points per dollar on airfare, as does the American Express® Gold Card when used to book airfare directly with the airline or through Amex Travel. Lastly, consider the Chase Sapphire Preferred Card, which earns 2 points per dollar on travel. Check out this post for more on maximizing airfare purchases.

The information for the Citi Prestige Card has been collected independently by The Points Guy. The card details on this page have not been reviewed or provided by the card issuer.

Bottom line

One-way flights to Europe start as low as $266 for the fare type alone, though you'll have to pay extra for seat assignment at a minimum.

This deal provides the opportunity to book flights at a low rate for travel through next March, with wide availability.

Be sure to book by next Thursday, Sept. 7.

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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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  • Earn 3 Points per $1 spent at Gas Stations, Air Travel and Hotels
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3XEarn 3 Points per $1 spent at Gas Stations, Air Travel and Hotels
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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

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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