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Via SecretFlying and Mommy Points, you can fly coach round-trip from a number of big (and small!) US cities like Seattle, Los Angeles, and New York, to cities in Europe, like Madrid, London, and Paris, for only ~$400+!
And via The Points Guy, you can fly round-trip from New York (JFK) to Los Angeles and San Francisco for only ~$216+!
These deals are good for flights on airlines like Delta, American Airlines, United Airlines, JetBlue, Virgin America, and more!
I found flights from Seattle to Madrid for ~$406 leaving February 3, 2017, and returning February 11, 2017.
And a flight leaving New York (JFK) on January 14, 2017, and returning from San Francisco on January 21, 2017, for ~$267!
There are cheap fares available on various routes through May 2017.
Here are the details. And how to search for deals from your city!
How to Book It
Link: ITA Matrix
Link: Google Flights
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
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 (and partners) through July 23, 2017. (New cardholders aren’t eligible). Check the Citi Travel Portal to see if the same fares are available!
And on domestic itineraries, you’ll get the first bag checked free for yourself and up to 8 travel companions with the Citi® / AAdvantage® Executive World Elite™ Mastercard® or Barclays Aviator Silver card (not available for new sign-ups). You do NOT have to use the card to pay for your ticket!
Folks with the Citi® / AAdvantage® Platinum Select® World Elite™ MasterCard® can get their first bag checked free for themselves and up to 4 traveling companions. Also, 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.
Folks with AMEX Delta SkyMiles cards can get 1 free checked bag for yourself and up to 8 traveling companions on the same reservation.
Note: You can cancel a Delta booking by midnight the day after you bought your ticket and get a full refund.
Folks with the JetBlue Plus Card from Barclaycard or JetBlue Business Card from Barclaycard get a free first checked bag for the cardholder and up to 3 companions on the same reservation when you use your card to pay for your ticket.
Keep in mind you have 24 hours to cancel a reservation if the flight is at least 7 days away. So, you can take advantage of these extremely cheap fares and finalize plans later.
United Airlines Tips
Don’t forget to use your Chase United Explorer card to pay for your tickets if you want your first bag checked for free.
The free bag applies to the cardholder and 1 traveling companion, but you have to travel together on the same reservation.
Note: You can cancel a United Airlines booking 24 hours after you book to get a full refund.
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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Let me know if you find a good deal!