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If you’re thinking about traveling to Europe this winter, you can get a very good deal with US Airways off-peak award tickets. Between January 15, 2015, and February 28, 2015, it only costs 35,000 miles round-trip in coach class to fly from North America (including Hawaii) to Europe.
Normally, a low-level award ticket on these routes costs 60,000 miles, so this is a great deal! And because it’s off-peak season, you can often find great deals on European hotels, tours, and attractions too.
You might be able to take vacation days surrounding Presidents Day (February 16, 2015) for a romantic European Valentine’s Day!
But I’ll show you how to get there for even fewer miles if you have the right credit card!
Where Can You Go With This Deal?
Link: US Airways Award Chart
Link: US Airways Route Map
You can book award tickets from North America or Hawaii to Europe for 35,000 miles, but only to destinations served by US Airways (not American Airlines or other partners). They don’t allow 1-way awards, so you’ll have to book round-trip.
All of their European flights are from Philadelphia or Charlotte, but you can get a connecting flight to either city (from anywhere US Airways flies in North America or Hawaii) for the same number of miles.
US Airways has fewer European destinations in the winter than in the summer, because many of their routes are seasonal. But there are still lots of choices!
You could fly to:
I checked out a few destinations to see if it was easy to find tickets. There are still lots of award seats available!
For example, there are off-peak award seats available almost every day in February between Charlotte and Frankfurt.
The taxes and fees can be a little higher on US Airways award tickets, because they charge a $50 award booking fee (except for certain elite status members). But this is still a very good deal.
But the deal is even better if you have the right credit card!
Get Another 5,000 Mile Discount
Link: Barclaycard US Airways Premier World MasterCard
If you’re a Barclaycard US Airways MasterCard holder, you’ll get a 5,000 mile discount on round-trip award tickets. So you’d only pay 30,000 miles for a round-trip coach class ticket between North America and Europe with this deal!
If you don’t have the Barclaycard US Airways MasterCard, it’s not too late to sign-up. You’ll get 40,000 miles after your 1st purchase and payment of the $89 annual fee, plus a free checked bag, priority boarding, and a yearly companion certificate.
But this card will be going away soon, because US Airways and American Airlines are merging. Existing cardholders will see their cards converted to Barclaycard American Airlines cards, but it won’t be open to new applicants.
So by signing-up for 1 credit card (with no minimum spending requirement) and paying an $89 fee, you could get a round-trip ticket to Europe with 10,000 miles left over.
You would pay taxes and fees depending on the destination, but you’re still saving hundreds or even thousands of dollars compared to the price of a paid ticket.
If you had to pay for the exact award ticket from Charlotte to Frankfurt in the previous example, it would cost you $2,414!
But by signing-up for the Barclaycard US Airways MasterCard, you’d only pay 30,000 miles and ~$274 ($89 annual fee + $185 booking charge, taxes, and fees on award ticket). That’s ~$2,140 less than the cost of a paid ticket ($2,414 cost of paid ticket – $274 cost of credit card and award ticket fees).
And you’d have 10,000 miles left over. This is a very good deal!
You could also transfer points from your Starwood Preferred Guest Card to US Airways at a 1:1 ratio. When you transfer 20,000 Starwood points to airlines, you get 5,000 bonus miles.
But Starwood points do NOT transfer instantaneously so your award seats might disappear while you’re waiting!
You can fly round-trip in coach class between North America or Hawaii and Europe on US Airways this winter for only 35,000 miles. Normally, low-level award tickets cost 60,000 miles round-trip.
You can get the discounted award seats between January 15, 2015, and February 28, 2015.
But if you have the Barclaycard US Airways MasterCard, you get another 5,000 mile discount. So you’ll only pay 30,000 miles plus taxes and fees.
This is a very good deal for travel to Europe. And remember, you’ll likely save on hotels, tours, and attractions while you’re there, because prices are usually cheaper during off-peak times.
Is anyone tempted to take a Valentine’s Day trip to Paris or a canal cruise in Amsterdam?