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Deal Alert: Fly Premium Economy to Europe From $637 Round-Trip

July 09, 2019
4 min read
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There's a great sale on premium economy fares to several European destinations on British Airways right now, as first reported by Notiflyr. Many of the fares are out of Los Angeles (LAX), but we were able to find bargain fares out of cities like San Francisco (SFO), New York (JFK) and Miami (MIA). Note that the connecting European legs are in British Airways' Economy Plus, though the transatlantic flights are in true premium economy. We were also able to find cheap premium economy tickets on Iberia and American.

British Airways Premium Economy on the Boeing 787-9. Image by JT Genter / The Points Guy.

You may also notice that some economy fares are actually more expensive than business class, so make sure you aren't accidentally selecting economy instead of premium economy when you pick your fare.

This could also make a great mileage run for American Airlines flyers, since you'll earn Elite Qualifying Dollars based on a percentage off the distance flown and bonus Elite Qualifying Miles when booking through British Airways. So for instance the $637 round-trip fare from Los Angeles to Dublin should net you around 2,300 AA EQD's and more than 17,000 EQMs.

To search, head to Priceline or Expedia.

Airline: British Airways, Iberia, American
Routes: LAX/JFK/SFO/MIA to European destinations
Cost: $637+ round-trip in Premium Economy
Travel Dates: October – March
Pay With: The Platinum Card® from American Express (5x on airfare booked directly with the airline), Citi Prestige Card (5x on airfare), Citi Premier® Card, Chase Sapphire Reserve (3x on airfare), American Express® Gold Card (3x on airfare when booked directly with the airline) or Chase Sapphire Preferred Card (2x on travel)

Here are a few examples of what you can book:

Los Angeles (LAX) to Dublin (DUB) for $637 round-trip on British Airways:

Los Angeles (LAX) to Copenhagen (CPH) for $649 round-trip on British Airways:

Miami (MIA) to Madrid (MAD) for $793 round-trip nonstop on Iberia:

New York (JFK) to Ibiza (IBZ) for $812 round-trip on British Airways:

San Fransisco (SFO) to Barcelona (BCN) for $828 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), Citi Prestige Card (5x on airfare), Chase Sapphire Reserve, American Express® Gold Card, Citi Premier® 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.

Featured image by British Airways Premium Economy on its 747. IMage by JT Genter / The Points Guy.
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