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Here are some great deals on an international getaway!
These are fast-moving deals, so book quickly if you’re interested!
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!
Washington, DC, to Dublin, Ireland
I found flights in April and May 2016!
These fares are valid March 1, 2016, to May 15, 2016, and the final price depends on the route. If you’re willing to pay a little more, you can get a great deal on other dates – even around St. Patrick’s Day!
Be sure to purchase your ticket 14 days in advance to get the deal. Under $500 to Europe is a great price!
Note: You can hold a reservation on American Airlines for up to 24 hours and get a full refund if you change your mind.
If you pay for these flights with the Citi / AAdvantage Executive World Elite Mastercard, you’ll earn 2X American Airlines miles per $1 spent on American Airlines.
Remember, folks with the Citi Prestige can use Citi ThankYou points to purchase tickets at a rate of 1.6 cents per point on American Airlines. So check the Citi ThankYou travel portal for these fares!
Washington, DC, to Lima, Peru
Tickets are available in February 2016, and you must purchase your ticket at least 14 days in advance. Seats are extremely limited, so book soon if you’re interested!
Note: Unlike most domestic flights, you’ll get 1 free checked bag on JetBlue flights to Lima.
And remember, if you don’t collect JetBlue points, you can credit your paid flight to Singapore Airlines instead!
New York to London, England, AND Iceland
Also via The Flight Deal, fly from New York to London, England, for ~$516 round-trip in coach on Icelandair and get a free stopover in Reykjavik, Iceland, on the way there OR back! There’s no limit to how long you can stay for your stopover.
Seats are available from March 25, 2016, to May 17, 2016. Be sure to buy your ticket 1 day in advance. You also get 2 free checked bags on Icelandair – no elite status required!
I found fares from both JFK and Newark (EWR) airports.
What If You’re Not in 1 of These Cities?
Southwest – If you need more Southwest points, Chase Ultimate Rewards points transfer to Southwest. Plus, if you have the Southwest Companion Pass, a friend can fly with you for (almost) free!
British Airways – If you’re a short flight away from an included city, you can save miles by using British Airways Avios points to book an award flight on American Airlines.
Which Card to Use?
Remember to pay with a card that will earn you bonus points:
- Premier Rewards Gold Card from American Express – 3X American Express Membership Rewards points when booking directly with airlines
- The Business Gold Rewards Card from American Express OPEN – 3X American Express Membership Rewards points for booking directly with airlines when you choose this as your 3X category (otherwise 2X points)
- Barclaycard Arrival Plus World Elite Mastercard – 2.1% back
when you redeem for $100+ travel purchases
- Chase Sapphire Preferred – 2X Chase Ultimate Rewards points on travel
- Citi Prestige – 3X Citi ThankYou points on airfare
- Citi ThankYou Premier Card – 3X Citi ThankYou points on travel
Get Free Hotel Nights With These 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!
Remember, you can transfer flexible points like Chase Ultimate Rewards or American Express Membership Rewards to different hotel programs.
Note: Folks who want to book paid stays could 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).
Airbnb is a great way to save money on accommodations, especially for longer visits, or if you prefer a more local feel.
Read my tips on how to negotiate a better price on Airbnb!
Fly from Washington, DC, to Dublin, Ireland for ~$482 round-trip in coach on American Airlines. Tickets are available March through mid-May 2016, and require a 14-day advance purchase. Exact price depends on the route, and there are lots of seats left!
Folks in Washington, DC, can also fly to Lima, Peru, for ~$398 round-trip in February 2016. You must buy your ticket 14 days in advance.
From New York, you can fly on Icelandair to London, England, and get a free stopover in Iceland on the way! Travel March 25, 2016, to May 17, 2016, and keep in mind there’s a 1-day advance purchase requirement.
These are some great deals today! Let me know if you plan a trip!