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

Jul 9, 2019

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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.

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.
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 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.

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