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If you have been following me on Twitter today (@mommy_points), you likely saw many tweets and re-tweets about many of the airfare deals that have popped up today. If you don’t follow me on Twitter, then sadly some of the deals have disappeared before I could write about them here, but there are still many left.
Essentially, if you are looking to get to Europe this fall or winter on a good cash deal, today may be your lucky night. I have seen some deals below $400 from select cities to Europe and back, but most of the deals are around the $500 – 650ish range round trip. I have seen deals on United, Delta, American, and more. Most often the deal will not be from a hub city for that carrier. For example, some of the best deals I have seen from Houston have been on Delta or American. Some of the better deals from Dallas are on United, etc.
I know many who read this site want to fly on miles, but sometimes the cash price makes it worth doing the math to see if you may come out further ahead by buying the ticket, earning miles, and saving your frequent flyer miles for when prices are higher. However, if you have some fixed value points you can use toward travel from a card like the FlexPerks, Venture, or Barclays Arrival card, then this can be a good time to use those points. Then you are protecting the cash in your wallet and getting in on a very solid fare.
Here are just three of the many, many decent prices out there. I have been using ITA Matrix flexible month search to find the dates with the lowest fares. You can’t make your purchase from that site, but it is a very easy to see what is out there. Then go to the booking engine or carrier of your choice to actually book the ticket.
Dallas/Ft. Worth – Amsterdam on United RT for $678
Las Vegas – Madrid on United RT for $657
Chicago – Dublin on RT on Delta for $498
Many available dates in November through mid-December on these fares (possibly more).
These prices are several hundred dollars below normal, so they likely won’t stick around for long. If you want something, buy it now, or at least put it on hold. That said, don’t hype yourself into making a purchase you will later regret. Either way, I highly, highly recommend following @theflightdeal and heading to their posts about some of these deals.