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Here’s a nice start to the weekend: cheap flight deals! We’re seeing cheap flights from around the US to select cities in Europe like Madrid (MAD), Rome (FCO), Paris (CDG) and Copenhagen (CPH) from as low as $196 round-trip. The best deals appear to be on Air Europa and Air Canada, but we’re also seeing deals from a variety of airlines such as Swiss and Lufthansa.

Keep in mind that all of these fares are booked into basic economy, which means that you’ll still have to pay for a bag or pay to select your seat in advance. However, an airline’s cobranded credit card can get around some of basic economy’s restrictions.

We first spotted the deals from Los Angeles via Loyalty Traveler, but found more deals through our own searches.

To search, head to Google Flights and enter your origin and destination cities. Scroll through the calendar function to find dates and prices that work for you. Finally, click through to book directly with the airline or an OTA like Orbitz or Expedia. To get the absolute best price on some routes, you can search on SkyScanner or Momondo and book through an OTA. Just note that it may be harder to deal with some of the smaller OTA’s customer service if you want to change your flight or if something goes wrong.

Airline: Air Canada, Swiss, Lufthansa, Air France, Air Europa, United
Cost: $196+ round-trip in basic economy
Dates: October – March 2020
Pay With: The Platinum Card® from American Express (5x on airfare booked directly with the airline), Citi Prestige® Card (5x on airfare), Citi Premier℠ CardChase Sapphire Reserve (3x on airfare), American Express® Gold Card (3x on airfare when booked directly with the airline) or Chase Sapphire Preferred Card (2x on travel)

Here are a few examples of what you can book:

New York (JFK) to Madrid (MAD) for $196 round-trip nonstop on Air Europa via Vayama:

New York (LGA) to Copenhagen (CPH) for $226 round-trip on Air Canada:

Los Angeles (LAX) to Rome (FCO) for $241 round-trip on Air Canada:

Newark (EWR) to Madrid (MAD) for $262 round-trip on United via

Boston (BOS) to Rome (FCO) for $264 round-trip on Swiss:

Miami (MIA) to Paris (CDG) for $301 round-trip nonstop on Air France:

San Francisco (SFO) to Paris (CDG) for $337 round-trip nonstop on United via Lufthansa:

Maximize Your Purchase

Don’t forget to use a credit card that earns additional points on airfare purchases, such as The Platinum Card® from American Express (5x on flights booked directly with airlines or American Express Travel), Chase Sapphire ReserveAmerican Express® Gold CardCiti Premier CardCiti Prestige Card (5x on airfare) or the Chase Sapphire Preferred Card (2x on all travel purchases). Check out this post for more on maximizing airfare purchases.

Featured image courtesy of Yoal Desurmont / Unsplash

Victoria M. Walker
covers points and miles at TPG. She previously taught multimedia journalism at Howard University and was the breaking news video editor at The Washington Post.

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