Deal Alert: US to Europe on Full-Service Airlines From $275 Round-Trip
Update: Some offers mentioned below are no longer available. View the current offers here. 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.
The deals to Europe keep coming as full-service airlines aim to match budget carriers' transatlantic fares. You can fly from Boston (BOS), New York (JFK), Newark (EWR), Fort Lauderdale (FLL), San Jose (SJC), San Fransisco (SFO), Los Angeles (LAX), Chicago (ORD) and Miami (MIA) to Barcelona (BCN), Paris (CDG), Madrid (MAD) and Zurich (ZRH) from $275 round-trip.
Flights are on full-service carriers from every alliance, but note that some fares book into basic economy, so you won’t get a free checked bag on those fares. However, you can use an airline’s co-brand credit card to defeat many of basic economy’s negative aspects.
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. Finally, click through to book directly with the airline or through an OTA like Priceline or Expedia.
Airlines: American, Finnair, Delta, Air France, KLM, Iberia, United
Routes: BOS/JFK/EWR/FLL/SFO/LAX/MIA/SJC/ORD to BCN/CDG/MAD/ZRH
Cost: $275+ round-trip in economy
Travel Dates: October 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, Citi Prestige (5x on airfare plus excellent trip delay insurance) or Chase Sapphire Preferred Card (2x on travel)
Booking Link: Priceline, Orbitz, Expedia or directly with the airline
Here are a few examples of what you can book:
New York (JFK) to Paris (CDG) for $275 round-trip on American via Finnair:
New York (JFK) to Madrid (MAD) for $291 round-trip nonstop on Delta:
New York (JFK) to Barcelona (BCN) for $308 round-trip on Delta:
Miami (MIA) to Madrid (MAD) for $311 round-trip nonstop on American via Finnair:
Boston (BOS) to Paris (CDG) for $316 round-trip nonstop on Air France:
Chicago (ORD) to Zurich (ZRH) for $342 round-trip on American/Iberia:
Los Angeles (LAX) to Barcelona (BCN) for $343 round-trip on United:
Fort Lauderdale (FLL) to Barcelona (BCN) for $353 round-trip on Delta:
San Francisco (SFO) to Paris (CDG) for $376 round-trip nonstop on United:
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 Premier, Citi Prestige (5x 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: Thrifty Traveler