Deal Alert: US to Paris On Full-Service Airlines From $304 Round-Trip
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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.
Flights to one of the most popular destinations in the world can be had for crazy cheap prices — Paris (CDG), or The City of Light, can be visited for as little as $304 round-trip. Departure cities include Boston (BOS), Minneapolis (MSP), Orlando (MCO), Oakland (OAK), Seattle (SEA), Philadelphia (PHL), New York (LGA/JFK), Newark (EWR), Dallas (DFW), Fort Lauderdale (FLL), San Francisco (SFO) and Chicago (ORD).
Many of these fares book into basic economy. That means that you’ll still have to pay for a bag or to select your seat in some cases. However, you’ll still get a meal and earn miles on these flights. Keep in mind that an airline’s co-branded credit card can get around some of basic economy’s restrictions.
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: Air Canada, United, British Airways, Air France, American, Delta, Aer Lingus
Routes: BOS/PHL/LGA/EWR/JFK/DFW/SFO/ORD/BWI/FLL/OAK/SEA/MCO/MSP to CDG
Cost: $304+ round-trip in economy
Travel Dates: January to 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, Citi Prestige Card (3x on airfare plus excellent trip delay insurance) or Chase Sapphire Preferred Card (2x on travel)
Here are a few examples of what you can book:
New York (LGA) to Paris (CDG) for $304 round-trip in United basic economy:
New York (JFK) to Paris (CDG) for $314 round-trip nonstop in Delta basic economy:
Boston (BOS) to Paris (CDG) for $321 round-trip in United basic economy:
Baltimore (BWI) to Paris (CDG) for $357 round-trip in Air Canada basic economy:
San Francisco (SFO) to Paris (CDG) for $379 round-trip in Delta basic economy:
Fort Lauderdale (FLL) to Paris (CDG) for $389 round-trip in United basic economy:
Chicago (ORD) to Paris (CDG) for $404 round-trip in United basic economy:
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® Card, Citi Prestige Card (3x on airfare) 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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