$400 Flights to Europe!
Earlier this year my family and I flew to Barcelona in Business Class on British Airways for Spring Break. For those 4 business class tickets I only paid 120,000 Avios plus a little over $200. It was the score of a lifetime and one I probably won’t recreate, but I don’t have to. I was just able to score another incredible deal for Spring Break 2017. This time to Helsinki!
Europe Fare Sale
Right now all three major airline alliances (SkyTeam, Star Alliance, oneworld) are battling it out with fares to Europe. These fares are good from most major U.S. cities and to most European cities for dates from now through next Fall. Not all airlines have cheap fares to/from everywhere, but between all of the sales there are so many combinations.
I was just able to book my family of four tickets from Las Vegas to Helsinki for 96,600 ThankYou points total. For our journey we will fly from LAS-ORD-HEL with the Transatlantic flight being on Finnair. No, we aren’t in business class this time, but for 24,150 ThankYou points roundtrip who can complain? (The cash fare was $386 by the way.)
Booking with Bank Points
If you want to get cheap flights to Europe act fast. Here are some of the ways you can book them with points if you don’t want to pay cash:
- Citi Prestige cardholders can book American Airlines flights for 1.6 cents per point.
- Citi Prestige cardholders can book other flights for 1.33 cents per point.
- Citi ThankYou Premier cardholders can book flights for 1.25 cents per point.
- Chase Sapphire Preferred cardholders can book flights for 1.25 cents per point.
- Chase Sapphire Reserve cardholders can book flights for 1.5 cents per point.
- Any flight under $400 can be booked with 20,000 FlexPoints
- Get a 50% rebate on Membership Rewards points on your chosen airline with the Amex Business Platinum.
How to Search
You can search via the ITA Matrix or Google Flights and then book with one of the banks mentioned above or simply with the airline directly. You can even book with a travel agent. Keep in mind that most airlines will allow you to cancel your flight within 24 hours so that gives you some time. Verify the cancellation policy of a travel agent if you decide to use one.
Right now I am just doing some preliminary planning, but I think we might try to take the ferry over to Saint Petersburg Russia since a Visa isn’t required with that option. Tallinn, Estonia is on the table as well. It will be a good trip and was attractive to us since Finland will be a new country to us plus we only need to connect once which helps with the baby.
If you are interested in visiting Europe some time in the next year, then I suggest you get to searching and booking. Fares this low won’t last long and at this price they are almost a no-brainer. Did you book any of these fares? Feel free to share in the comments!