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Various Star Alliance airlines are offering roundtrip economy flights for $339 between San Francisco and Paris. Available travel dates are in August of 2018. Most flights have one connection. Close to three hundred dollars roundtrip between the west coast and Europe during a peak travel time is a fantastic deal–hop on this quick if you want a ticket!

Contents

  1. When are the cheap fares?
  2. Mileage Earning
  3. Baggage Allowance
  4. Best Credit Card to Buy the Ticket

When are the cheap fares?

You’ll find these cheap fares offered by Air Canada, Brussels, Lufthansa, Swiss, etc. on Momondo. There are plenty of travel dates available in August of 2018. Secret Flying has many example travel dates listed that they have found.

You can’t purchase tickets directly on Momondo, but after finding the fare you’ll be given links to follow for purchase through online travel agencies (looks like the cheapest price is offered by one called Travel Merry). Do keep in mind you may not receive the same kind of customer service buying from an OTA (online travel agency) as you would from an airline directly in the case of intervening circumstances.

Mileage Earning

You need to know the fare class when looking up how many redeemable miles cash flights earn, which you can find using ITA Matrix.

For an example I will just pick one flight as there are many Star Alliance carriers offering this cheap roundtrip between the west coast and France:

As you can see, this flight is in fare bucket K. That means, crediting to Aeroplan and assuming you have no status, you’d earn 50% of the miles you actually fly, or 5,981 redeemable Aeroplan miles. Not bad, actually, for a cheap ticket. But you don’t have to credit your butt-in-seat miles to the carrier you’re flying/carrier who issued the ticket. Here’s how the process of crediting to a partner works.

If you opted to credit to United MileagePlus, for example, you’d earn the same amount of Singapore miles (5,981, and I find Singapore miles more useful/valuable than Aeroplan miles). Wheretocredit.com is also a valuable tool to bookmark for help figuring out where to credit your redeemable miles earned for a cash ticket.

Baggage Allowance

Exact baggage allowance will depend on the airline, but none of these airlines are low cost carriers, you should get a free personal item and free carry on, as well as one free checked bag up to 50 pounds each (I linked to Air Canada’s baggage allowance calculator as an example as many of these flights are offered by Air Canada).

Best Way to Buy the Ticket

What card you should buy this ticket with depends on your priorities.

  • If you want it to be free, put it on whatever card you have travel statement credits for, like the Sapphire Reserve or Citi Prestige–or open a Barclaycard Arrival Plus. The card comes with 40,000 Arrival miles after spending $3,000 on the card in the first 90 days. Arrival miles can be redeemed for 1 cent each toward any travel expense (even travel expenses used to meet your minimum spending requirement for the bonus), so the bonus alone will more than cover this flight (and still leave you about $490 in travel statement credits).

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Hat Tip Secret Flying

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