Flights from $300 – $400+ RT to Russia, Istanbul, and Europe Still Available

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Last night my low fare finder BFF @theflightdeal tweeted out some very low fares to Russia, Istanbul, and eventually much of Europe via a fare war between Delta and United.  I re-tweeted them last night to make sure you didn’t accidentally miss out, but I didn’t have a chance to write a post until this morning.  It seems that the fares are still working as of right now, so hop online and see what you can find if you have a hankering for Russia from abut $300RT, Istanbul from about $400RT, and other European destinations from around $600RT.  Poke around The Flight Deal’s blog for more details on many of these fares.

Cheap flights

The dates for many of these fares seem to run from mid-January into the spring, with some black out dates around traditional spring break weeks.  Expect to find the lowest fares on Delta out of United hubs cities, and on United out of Delta hub cities.

I like to use ITA Matrix to find the cheapest dates using the flexible search calendar.  Remember you can purchase and get your money back for 24 hours if you change your mind and decide against something like Russia in the winter.  I highly doubt the fares will still be around much longer though, so move quickly if you want in on this round of low fares.

I’m personally passing on this sale, but got in on a similar one a few months ago buy inexpensive economy tickets to Madrid for this coming spring.  Sometimes the prices can be so low that using traditional airline miles just doesn’t make sense (though you can always use points like the ones earned by the BarclayCard Arrival to pay for the travel charge on your card)!

Happy fare hunting!

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  1. Hi Summer, another excellent post. What is your advice for crediting the mileage from this flight? Maybe get 25% with alaska? Thanks!

    • Derek, thanks. Depends on the fare class you get. The mock one I did was in V class for Delta which looks like it earns 50% on Alaska, which wouldn’t be bad if you aren’t chasing MQMs on Delta.

  2. My long legs don’t fit well into a standard coach seat, but do work in extended-legroom seats like exit rows and some economy-plus seating.

    I wonder if a person can buy-up a super-cheap ticket to comfortable economy seating (with either cash or miles) on either Delta or United.

    • Miles, for sure with United you can add a fee to switch to E+. I haven’t done the same with Delta, but my guess would be yes.

  3. “….hankering for Russia….”: Considering Mr. Putin’s attempts to rebuild the Russian Empire at the expense of independent nations and their peoples,why would any American support him by going to Russia? Sanctions would be meaningless if we give him our tourist dollars.

    • Rich, that may all be 100% true, but if nothing else, some folks have family in Russia they may want to visit regardless. 😉

        • Rich, I just happen to know lots of expats from the Houston area located in Russia for work right now, so was on the top of my mind when I wrote the post. 😉

  4. Low Ruble exchange rate + ultra cheap fares – coach longhaul – Winter in Moscow – not enough time off right now at work – other trips to Europe already planned for February 2015 = Dan not going = DaninMCI is sad 🙁

  5. Hey I just had another thought. Sorry to re-post. Mommy Points if you went it would make it better as it would be “Summer” in Moscow

    • Dan, ha ha. In another world and with another set of circumstances, maybe. As of now I just want someone to go and tweet me a pic – bonus points if there is a Mommy Points t-shirt in the photo. 😉

  6. I booked Chicago to Dublin for $428 when I saw the deals went further than just Russia last night. I have Southwest miles I will be using to position us in Chicago as we don’t live anywhere near any of the airports that had the sale fares. My son, my mom and I will be spending St. Patrick’s Day in Ireland. Can’t wait!

  7. I got a flight from IAD to DUB on Delta in May for $343.00 last night. I had the option to upgrade to Economy+ on my flight home through Atlanta for $69.00. I have not done so yet because I may have to fork out $200-300 for my oward flights to Sarajevo if I cannot use United miles or Avios. There was no availablity on the flight over. It may be on Air France.

  8. Looks like the cheap ones to at least Istanbul and Dublin are gone from IAH. Just tried to put together tickets and they were all much more expensive.

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