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If you have had your heart set on Europe, and for whatever reason would rather buy the tickets than use airline miles, then listen up. There is a pretty massive sale going on right now from tons of cities in the United States to tons of cities in Europe. In some cases we are talking close to 1/2 off the average price for the fares. Oh, and this isn’t valid for just a week or two, I am seeing dates valid all the way through May 2015.
How good of a sale you ask? Well, here are some all-in round trip prices…
Houston – Madrid $663 I am drooling over this one like Pavlov’s dog.
Houston – Dublin $584
San Francisco – Dublin $465
Portland – Zurich $695
Chicago – Dublin $430
The best way to search for the lowest fares is to go to ITA Matrix and use the calendar search feature. You will be able to find the lowest price for a month and then click to see the routing/airline options. You cannot book the flight directly from that site, you have to then go to American’s site, United’s site, etc. You can also use Hipmunk.com to search and buy flights.
I’m not sure how I am going to make it out of this sale without buying something. Yes, the flights are in coach, but they do earn miles you can use on future trips. Remember that you can put flights on hold for free for 24 hours via American Airlines and you can cancel without penalty for 24 hours with many others such as United. I do not know how long this sale will last for, but it will not last forever. If you want something, buy it, or at least put it on hold or else risk the price increasing on you.
This is the type of situation where using fixed value points such as those from the Barclaycard Arrival Plus™ World Elite MasterCard® is a great idea as you can use the points from that card to pay for the good airfare deals and keep money in your pockets while racking up miles on your trip. For the $584 round trip Houston – Dublin example above you would need 58,400 points from the Arrival Plus card to cover the full amount (though you can use points as a partial payment). You would then get 10% of the points back since they were redeemed for a travel charge for a total cost of 52,560 points. Depending on your routing and the carrier, you could also earn over 9,000 airline miles on that trip (though remember Delta and United are earning based on fare not distance beginning in 2015). Earning miles, saving money, seeing Europe, what could be better?!
Big hat tip to The Flight Deal for sharing these great prices. Anyone lock in a trip to Europe?