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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 from across the US to European cities are on sale. You can fly from Boston (BOS), San Francisco (SFO), New York (JFK/EWR), Washington D.C. (IAD), Miami (MIA), Los Angeles (LAX), Seattle (SEA) and Philadelphia (PHL) to Amsterdam (AMS), Paris (CDG), Zürich (ZRH), Barcelona (BCN), Munich (MUC), Rome (FCO), Madrid (MAD) or London (LHR) from just $279 round-trip. It’s possible other departure cities are available outside of those listed, so it’s also worth plugging in your departure city into Google Flights.

Keep in mind that a majority of these flights are in basic economy — meaning that you’ll face extra charges for checked luggage and seat selection. However, you can get around some of these negative aspects by having airline elite status or a carrier’s co-branded credit card. And these flights are on full service airlines, so you’ll enjoy a meal and will likely be better taken care of in the event of a delay or cancellation. 

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, Delta, American Airlines, TAP Portugal
Routes: BOS/JFK/EWR/IAD/PHL/SFO/LAX/SEA/MIA and likely more to AMS/CDG/ZRH/BCN/MUC/FCO/MAD/LHR
Cost: $279+ round-trip
Travel Dates: February – May 2019
Pay With: The Platinum Card® from American Express (5x on airfare booked directly with the airline), Citi Prestige Card (5x on airfare on plus excellent trip delay insurance), Citi Premier CardChase Sapphire ReserveAmerican Express® Gold Card (3x on airfare) or Chase Sapphire Preferred Card (2x on travel)

Here are a few examples of what you can book:

Boston (BOS) to Amsterdam (AMS) for $279 round-trip in basic economy on Air Canada:

New York (EWR) to Paris (CDG) for $283 round-trip in basic economy on United:

Boston (BOS) to Zürich (ZRH) for $293 round-trip in basic economy on Delta:

New York (JFK) to Barcelona (BCN) for $295 round-trip on TAP via Priceline:

Washington D.C. (IAD) to Munich (MUC) for $307 round-trip in basic economy on American Airlines:

New York (JFK) to Rome (FCO) for $310 round-trip in basic economy on American Airlines:

Boston (BOS) to Paris (CDG) for $326 round-trip in basic economy on United:

Seattle (SEA) to Zurich (ZRH) for $334 round-trip in basic economy on Air Canada via United.com:

San Francisco (SFO) to Zurich (ZRH) for $344 round-trip in basic economy on Delta:

Boston (BOS) to London (LHR) for $355 round-trip in basic economy on United:

New York (EWR) to Dublin (DUB) for $361 round-trip in basic economy on United:

New York (JFK) to Amsterdam (AMS) for $384 round-trip on TAP via Priceline:

Philidelphia (PHL) to Madrid (MAD) for $384 round-trip in basic economy on United:

Boston (BOS) to Barcelona (BCN) for $395 round-trip on TAP via Priceline:

Los Angeles (LAX) to Madrid (MAD) for $393 round-trip nonstop on Iberia:

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 on plus excellent trip delay insurance), Chase Sapphire ReserveAmerican Express® Gold CardCiti 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.

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