Deal alert: Eastern Europe on alliance carriers from $376 round trip
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Visit major cities in eastern Europe for up to $1,100 off of the usual cost. Flights are available via major alliance carriers such as SAS, Finnair, American, British Airways and Iberia. Availability is widespread, with the cheapest and most dates in March and April.
Some of these fares begin in basic economy. Basic economy means different things to different airlines, but you may not have free use of the overhead bins for a carry-on bag, and you probably won’t be able to select your seat, get an upgrade, or earn PQM/PQS/PQDs. However, it’s possible to defeat many of basic economy’s negative aspects by having elite status or a cobranded credit card.
To book, 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 an OTA like Orbitz or Expedia.
Airline: SAS, Finnair, American, British Airways, Iberia, United, Lufthansa
Routes: JFK/EWR/ORD to RIX/TLL/VNO/KBP and more
Cost: From $376 round trip in economy
Dates: January-October 2020bruitb
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Here are some examples of specific flights that are available:
Newark/New York (EWR) to Tallinn (TLL) for $376 round-trip on SAS via Vayama:
Newark/New York (EWR) to Kiev (KBP) for $386 round-trip on SAS via Vayama:
Chicago (ORD) to Vilnius (TLL) for $427 round-trip on SAS via Vayama:
New York (JFK) to Riga (RIX) for $527 round-trip on Finnair:
Maximize your purchase
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