Today Only! $586 Round-Trip to Greece From 4 Cities

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Looking for an escape in Europe this winter?

The Flight Deal reports a terrific sale from 4 US cities to Thessaloniki, Greece, for just $586 round-trip in coach!

Flights are on United Airlines and Star Alliance members like Aegean Airlines and Lufthansa.  But you must book by today, January 12, 2016!

Today Only 586 Round Trip To Greece From 4 Cities

See Byzantine Ruins in Thessaloniki, Greece’s Cultural Capital, for Just $586 Round-Trip From 4 US Cities!

You can search for these fares using ITA Matrix or Google Flights, then book it on the United Airlines website.

How to Book It

Link:   ITA Matrix

Link:   Google Flights

Here’s how to use Google Flights to find sale dates.

If you book a ticket with an online travel agency like Orbitz or Expedia, you may be eligible for a refund within a short time of booking your ticket.  Check out my post on cancellation policies for airlines and online travel agencies for more details!

Note:  You can cancel a United Airlines booking within 24 hours and get a full refund.

What’s the Deal?

Link:   The Flight Deal

For ~$586 round-trip in coach, fly to Thessaloniki (Greece’s 2nd largest city) from:

  • Boston
  • Chicago
  • New York (Newark)
  • Washington, DC (Dulles)

Travel dates are from now through April 2016.  But you must book today, January 12, 2016, to get in on the deal!

There are lots of seats available!  I found plenty of flights between Washington, DC, and Thessaloniki in March 2016 (perfect for winter / spring break!).

Note:  This is a deeply-discounted coach fare (K class), so be careful where you credit the miles!  It won’t earn 100% mileage on all Star Alliance airlines (but it will if you credit the flight to United Airlines).

Today Only 586 Round Trip To Greece From 4 Cities

Sneak Away to Greece from Washington, DC, for Just ~$586 Round-Trip

If you enjoy nightlife, culture, and food, Thessaloniki is worth considering.  It’s a UNESCO World Heritage site, with 3,000-year-old Byzantine, Roman, and Ottoman ruins and relics.

And Lonely Planet ranked Thessaloniki as 1 of the world’s best “party cities.”  Probably due in part to the large (80,000+ students) university there.  🙂

Average temperatures from now through April range between 43 and 57 degrees Fahrenheit.  So it’s not a tropical vacation by any means this time of year!  But it’s mild enough to explore and enjoy all the city has to offer.

What If You’re Not in an Included City?

You can cheaply get to Boston, Chicago, New York, or Washington, DC, by using points (like British Airways Avios points) to get there.

British Airways Avios points are great for short-haul flights.  Because it only costs 4,500 British Airways Avios points 1-way in coach for flights less than 650 miles (until February 3, 2016), and 7,500 British Airways Avios points for flights up to 1,149 miles.

Folks with the Southwest Companion Pass could fly to these cities very cheaply.  That’s because with the Companion Pass, your companion flies with you for almost free on both paid and award tickets.

Or you could try to find a cheap paid ticket from your home airport to 1 of the sale cities.  But run the numbers to see what makes sense for you!

Which Card to Use?

Remember to pay with a card that will earn you bonus points for your ticket:

Get Free Hotel Nights With These Cards

Link:   Hot Deals – Hotel Credit Cards

If you book a cheap flight, remember there are lots of ways to get cheap or free hotel rooms with points from credit card bonuses and spending!

To find hotels that can be booked with points, I like using Hotel Hustle (which even shows you if rooms are actually available!) or AwardMapper.

That said, there are few chain hotels (just Hyatt and IHG) in Thessaloniki.

If you’re booking a paid stay, check out discount sites like Orbitz, Expedia, or TravelPony for deals.  But remember you won’t get stay credits or points (and might not have your elite status recognized).

Folks with the Citi Prestige could get a good deal by getting the 4th night free on a paid stay here.  It works for boutique and independent hotels, too!

Or consider Airbnb to save money on accommodations, especially for longer stays.  Read my tips on how to negotiate a better price on Airbnb!

Bottom Line

Visit ancient ruins and enjoy the culture and nightlife in Thessaloniki, Greece, for just ~$586 round-trip in coach.  That’s a great fare!

You must book by today, January 12, 2016, to get in on the deal.  Travel dates are through April 2016 on United Airlines and Star Alliance partners like Lufthansa and Aegean Airlines.

This is an amazing opportunity for an adventure slightly off the beaten path.  Let me know if you book a flight!

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