Deal Alert: US to Northern Europe & Paris on Mainline Carriers From $312 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.
United has jumped on the Paris airfare sale while Oneworld carriers have expanded their deals to other Northern European destinations. Deals are available from most major cities across the US to Paris (CDG), Brussels (BRU), Copenhagen (CPH) and Oslo (OSL) with prices starting at $312 round-trip.
Note that many deals are in basic economy — so you'll have to forgo a free checked bag and upgrade eligibility. However, you can combat the negative aspects of basic economy by using a carrier's co-branded credit card.
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 Airlines, Air Canada, British Airways, Finnair, Swiss, United, Lufthansa
Routes: JFK/EWR/LGA/BOS/ATL/MIA/MCO/SFO/ORD/DFW/SEA/LAX/SJC/IAD/BWI/DCA/MSP/FLL to CDG/CPH/OSL/BRU
Cost: $312+ round-trip in basic economy
Travel Dates: November 2018 - May 2018
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, Orbitz, Expedia or directly with the airline
Here are a few examples of what you can book:
Boston (BOS) to Paris (CDG) for $312 round-trip on United:
New York (JFK) to Paris (CDG) for $315 round-trip nonstop on American Airlines:
Chicago (ORD) to Oslo (OSL) for $320 round-trip on Finnair:
New York (LGA) to Copenhagen (CPH) for $326 round-trip nonstop on Air Canada via United.com:
Miami (MIA) to Paris (CDG) for $377 round-trip on United/Lufthansa/Swiss via United.com:
Denver (DEN) to Copenhagen (CPH) for $383 round-trip on British Airways via AA.com:
Los Angeles (LAX) to Copenhagen (CPH) for $386 round-trip on Air Canada via United.com:
San Fransisco (SFO) to Copenhagen (CPH) for $386 round-trip on Air Canada via United.com:
Boston (BOS) to Brussels (BRU) for $392 round-trip on British Airways:
San Fransisco (SFO) to Brussels (BRU) for $392 round-trip on British Airways:
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.