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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.
While it isn’t hard to find a cheap flight to Europe nowadays, it’s much rarer to get cheap nonstop flights — especially flights that include a carry-on bag. But today, we’re seeing a number of options on full-service and budget carriers from the East Coast US to multiple European destinations, including Shannon (SNN), Dublin (DUB), Barcelona (BCN), Paris (ORY) and London (LGW) for as little as $240 round-trip.
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: Norwegian, LEVEL, United, British Airways
Routes: SWF/BOS/EWR/MIA to SNN/DUB/BCN/ORY/LGW
Cost: $240+ round-trip
Travel Dates: January – April and September – October 2019
Pay With: The Platinum Card® from American Express (5x on airfare booked directly with the airline), Citi Premier Card, Chase Sapphire Reserve Card, American Express® Gold Card, Citi Prestige Card (3x on airfare plus excellent trip delay insurance) or Chase Sapphire Preferred Card (2x on travel)
Here are a few examples of what you can book:
New York Stewart (SWF) to Shannon (SNN) for $240 round-trip ($104 outbound + $136 return) nonstop on Norwegian:
New York Stewart (SWF) to Dublin (DUB) for $261 round-trip ($114 outbound + $147 return) nonstop on Norwegian in April:
Newark (EWR) to Paris Orly (ORY) for €236 (US$269) round-trip nonstop on LEVEL:
Newark (EWR) to Barcelona (BCN) for $318 round-trip nonstop on United:
Boston (BOS) to London Gatwick (LGW) for $318 round-trip ($140 outbound + $178 return) nonstop on Norwegian:
Chicago O’Hare (ORD) to London Gatwick (LGW) for $335 round-trip nonstop on Norwegian:
Miami (MIA) to Milan (MXP) for $390 round-trip nonstop on Air Italy:
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), Chase Sapphire Reserve Card, American Express® Gold Card, Citi Premier Card, Citi Prestige 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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