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Heads up y’all! Million Mile Secrets team member Scott has found LOTS of cheap flights from the US to Europe. So check Google Flights for deals on airlines like American Airlines, Norwegian Air, and WOW Air for great deals!
For example, you can fly to London from New York City, departing January 20, 2018, and returning January 30, 2018, for ~$472 round-trip!
Here are the details. And how to search for deals from your city!
How to Book It
Link: ITA Matrix
Link: Google Flights
Several airlines are having amazing sales to Europe at the moment. So if you’ve been waiting for cheap transatlantic flights, now is the time to search!
I’m seeing lots of participating cities in the US and Europe. For example, I see plenty of cheap flights on Norwegian Air, like from Los Angeles to Rome for ~$380 round-trip in coach.
Or you can fly to Paris from Los Angeles for ~$390 round-trip in coach.
Don’t spend the winter in frigid Chicago! Spend it in frigid Oslo instead, with a ~$353 round-trip flight in coach.
WOW Air is offering round-trip coach flights to Berlin for under $300!
Note: These are low-cost airlines, so you’ll have to pay extra for things like seat selection, carry-on baggage, etc.
Even if you don’t find a cheap route to your desired city, you can still buy a cheap ticket to get to Europe, and hop to your favorite city with European budget airlines.
There are also cheap flights to non-European destinations, like Hawaii! American Airlines is selling round-trip coach flights for ~$372.
The fastest way to find these flights is by using Google Flights. You can see my posts for how to use Google Flights and ITA Matrix to find sale dates. Then book directly on the airline website, or through a site like Orbitz, Expedia, etc.
If you book a ticket with an online travel agency like Orbitz, Expedia, or Priceline 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!
American Airlines Tips
You’ll get the first bag checked free for yourself and up to 8 travel companions with the Citi AAdvantage Executive World Elite Mastercard. You do NOT have to use the card to pay for your ticket!
Folks with the Citi AAdvantage Platinum Select World Elite Mastercard or the Barclaycard AAdvantage Aviator Red World Elite Mastercard can get their first bag checked free for themselves and up to 4 traveling companions. But only on domestic itineraries.
Note: You can hold a reservation on American Airlines for up to 24 hours and cancel without penalty if you change your mind.
Nowegian Air Tips
Remember, Norwegian Air charges fees for extras, like checked bags and seat reservations. So you’ll get the best deal if you can pack light.
Save up to ~20% on Your Flight
You can take advantage of currency conversion rates to save even more on Norwegian Air tickets. Even flights that are already on sale!
Read how to save up to 20% on Norwegian Air flights with an easy trick.
WOW Air Tips
Link: WOW Air
Link: My Review of WOW Air
I’ve written about WOW Air, a budget airline based in Iceland. They’re a great option for no-frills flights, with good service and clean planes.
Remember, WOW Air charges fees for seat selection, large carry-on bags, and checked bags. You’ll get the best deal if you can pack light.
And here’s my trip report from my visit to Iceland. I learned Icelanders are some of the kindest folks in the world!
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.
If you book a sale 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: If you prefer to book paid stays, 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 another terrific way to save money on accommodations, especially for longer stays. Here are some tips on how to negotiate a better Airbnb price, and how to find a safe and comfortable Airbnb.
Use a Credit Card That Earns Bonus Miles & Points
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