Deal Alert: US to Europe From $261 Round-Trip Nonstop
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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.
Here’s a great opportunity to get to Europe for under $300 round-trip. Low-cost carrier LEVEL is offering significant discounts on flights from Boston (BOS), Newark (EWR) and San Francisco (SFO) to Paris (ORY) and Barcelona (BCN) with prices starting at $262 for round-trip nonstop flights.
You can also hop on Star Alliance carriers Air Canada, TAP Portugal and Swiss on flights to Barcelona, Rome (FCO) Madrid (MAD), Hamburg (HAM) and Porto (OPO) with fares starting at $296 round-trip.
Note that flights on LEVEL and TAP only include carry-on bags so you’ll have to shell out extra for checked bags and a seat assignment. But with prices like this there’s still plenty of room for savings.
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. Then click through to the airline or online travel agency (OTA) to book the deal.
Airlines: LEVEL, TAP Portugal, Air Canada, Swiss
Routes: JFK/BOS/EWR/SFO/MIA/LAX to BCN/ORY/CDG/FCO/ARN/MAD/HAM/OPO
Cost: $262+ round-trip in basic economy
Travel Dates: November 2018 – May 2019
Pay With: The Platinum Card® from American Express (5x on airfare booked directly with the airline), Citi Premier® Card, Chase Sapphire Reserve, American Express® Gold Card, or Chase Sapphire Preferred Card (2x on travel)
Booking Link: Priceline, Expedia or directly with the airline
Here are a few examples of what you can book:
Boston (BOS) to Barcelona (BCN) for $261 round-trip nonstop on LEVEL:
Newark (EWR) to Paris (ORY) for $269 round-trip nonstop on LEVEL:
Newark (EWR) to Porto (OPO) for $296 round-trip on TAP Portugal via Priceline:
Newark (EWR) to Rome (FCO) for $297 round-trip on TAP Portugal in March:
San Francisco (SFO) to Barcelona (BCN) for $308 round-trip nonstop on LEVEL:
New York (JFK) to Madrid (MAD) for $317 round-trip on TAP Portugal:
Newark (EWR) to Hamburg (HAM) for $323 round-trip on TAP Portugal:
Miami (MIA) to Barcelona (BCN) for $354 round-trip on Air Canada/Swiss via United.com:
Los Angeles (LAX) to Barcelona (BCN) for $374 round-trip on Swiss via Priceline:
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, American Express® Gold Card, Citi Premier, 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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