Dreaming of Europe this summer? Check out these flight deals.

Apr 25, 2021

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As we learned Sunday, the European Union is expected to welcome vaccinated American tourists this summer — news we’ve all been waiting for since international travel essentially ground to a halt in March of 2020.

Although we don’t yet have a confirmed reopening date, this is a promising sign that summer travel to parts of Europe will return as the number of vaccinated Americans climbs and the number of COVID-19 cases drops. It will, however, be up to each individual country to determine its own re-entry rules.

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Some European countries have already eased border restrictions, including Iceland, which is now open to vaccinated Americans, along with travelers who have recovered from a previous COVID-19 infection. And while not yet open to American tourists, France is expected to allow some U.S. visitors to enter as early as May, though details have yet to be finalized there.

Here are a few flight deals to get you excited about the latest development in the return to international travel. Keep in mind that this is an ever-moving target, so make sure to carefully read any and all cancellation policies before booking.

For cash fares, remember to pay with The Platinum Card® from American Express (5x on flights booked directly with airlines or American Express Travel on up to $500,000 on these purchases per calendar year), 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 the Chase Sapphire Preferred Card (2x on travel).

The information for the Citi Prestige card has been collected independently by The Points Guy. The card details on this page have not been reviewed or provided by the card issuer.

Newark (EWR)/New York-JFK to Rome (FCO) for $706 on United, Alitalia

(Screenshot courtesy of Google Flights)

Chicago-O’Hare (ORD) to Prague (PRG) via Lisbon (LIS) for $442 on TAP Portugal

(Screenshot courtesy of Google Flights)

ORD to LIS via Montreal (YUL) for $337 on TAP Portugal

ORD to LIS Google Flights
(Screenshot courtesy of Google Flights)

Los Angeles (LAX) to Dublin (DUB) with one stop for $505 on Star Alliance carriers

(Screenshot courtesy of Google Flights)

Washington-Dulles (IAD) to Dublin (DUB) via LIS from $335 via TAP Portugal

IAD to DUB Google Flights
(Screenshot courtesy of Google Flights)

JFK to Paris (CDG) round-trip in July and August for 60k AAdvantage miles + $97

JFK to CDG American Airlines award calendar
(Screenshot courtesy of American Airlines)

IAD to Frankfurt (FRA) on United for 60K round-trip in economy (120K in business) in July/Aug

IAD to FRA United award calendar
(Screenshot courtesy of United Airlines)

ORD to Copenhagen (CPH) on Star Alliance from 60k miles round-trip with one stop in July and August

ORD to CPH United award calendar
(Screenshot courtesy of United Airlines)

JFK to Amsterdam (AMS) for 66k Skymiles + $68 in July

(Screenshot courtesy of Delta Air Lines)

Bottom line

The possibility of traveling to parts of Europe this summer is a game-changer. For the bullish, there are deals to be had so long as you read the fine print when it comes to cancellation policies.

Famous iconic Trevi Fountain at Piazza Di Trevi. Courtesy of hocus-focus/Getty Images.

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