Please note this site has financial relationships with American Express and this post may contain affiliate links. Read my Advertiser Disclosure policy here to learn more about my partners.
At the risk of sounding a bit histrionic, this is not a drill. This is an actual fare deal emergency. Cancel your next 30 minutes of work, Thanksgiving prep, or whatever and go shopping for airfare to Europe. This mornings’s $400-ish round trip flights to Madrid and Barcelona were just the tip of the iceberg.
Best Widespread Sale to Europe I Have Ever Seen!
I’m seeing countless cities in the US to countless cities across Europe for countless dates from about a week from now through the end of the 2017 schedule for $400 – $500 ish round trip on a variety of carriers. Some even dip down into the high $300’s round trip. The middle of the summer is generally not available at these lowest rates, but I’ve seen most other portions of the year on sale including spring break. Given the insane number of departure points and destinations for the $400 – $500 round trip fares, I think this is the best widespread airfare sale to Europe I have ever seen.
I kind of apologize for the lack of specifics, but it was time for me to quit playing with the airfare and let you guys know you should be checking dates and cities if you want to go to Europe in the next 11 months. I’m also seeing great rates from Europe including £300-ish round trip from several cities in Scotland to Houston, so this is not limited to US departures, though they are what I focused on for most of my searches.
A few specific searches I did include Austin to Edinburgh or Paris for $400-ish round trip. Houston or Dallas – London for $500+-ish round trip, Dallas – Dublin, Stockholm, Amsterdam, or Athens for $400 – $450, etc. My personal examples are pretty Texas centric, but the sale is far from Texas specific.
Seriously, just hope on Google Flights and put in your departure city (or others you can reasonably get to) – Europe as I did in the image above and let it do the work for you. Or, select exact cities and use the flexible date calendar to see fares.
Use Fixed Value Points to Book Discounted Flights to Europe
This is the time to use those fixed value points for travel if you don’t want to spend cash. If you used Ultimate Rewards from the Chase Sapphire Reserve then a $400 airfare would cost you 26,667 points at 1.5 cents each booked through Chase. If you are booking with your selected airline for the year, you would spend just 20,000 points via The Business Platinum® Card from American Express OPEN once you get 50% of them back when booked via Amex. Of course you can also use the points from your Barclaycard Arrival Plus World Elite MasterCard® at a rate of one cent each + get 5% of them back.
Please share what you find and where you are going!
Editorial Note: The opinions expressed here are mine and not provided, reviewed, by any bank, card issuer, or other company unless otherwise stated.