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Multiple Star Alliance carriers are offering roundtrip economy flights from cities across the United States, ranging from Los Angeles to Boston, to cities all over Europe. The majority of available travel dates span from the end of this summer through fall.

Contents

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

Available City Pairs

San Francisco to:

  • Amsterdam
  • Barcelona
  • Rome
  • Madrid
  • Venice

Boston to:

  • Amsterdam
  • Barcelona
  • Rome
  • Madrid

Miami to:

  • Amsterdam
  • Rome
  • Venice
  • Paris

Orlando to:

  • Barcelona
  • Madrid

Los Angeles to:

  • Amsterdam
  • Rome
  • Venice
  • Madrid

When are the cheap fares?

The easiest way to see the cheap fares is on Google Flights. Prices start as low as $348 (from Boston) and climb to around $450 from Los Angeles. Available date ranges for the low price span from mid August through November, however to between the west coast and Europe travel dates span from November to March.

I brought up this calendar of roundtrip prices between Boston and Barcelona on Google Flights by clicking the Flexible dates tab.

You can’t purchase tickets directly on Google Flights, but after choosing an outbound and return flight you will be given links to follow to buy on the airline’s website (or, in some circumstances, for cheaper through sites like Expedia–just know that you risk worse customer service in the event you need to cancel or make a change when you buy through one of those online travel agencies).

Mileage Earning

If you’re flying United, check out our post about where to credit butt in seat miles. And no matter what airline you end up flying, just remember that you can enter your frequent flyer number with any partner instead. All of these cheap fares to Europe are classified in a discounted economy fare bucket so do a little research about which airline is most advantageous to credit miles to considering the fare class. You can find the fare class for the ticket on ITA Matrix. Wheretocredit.com is an easy tool to use that will help you figure out the most advantageous program to credit your miles to.

Baggage Allowance

The airlines I saw with the $350 to $450 fares are United, Air Canada, Lufthansa, and Swiss. As far as I’ve checked, these are not basic economy fares, but double check just to make sure before purchasing so you don’t get screwed over at the airport with baggage.

Flying United, Air Canada, Lufthansa, and Swiss, you should get a free personal item, free carry on, and one free checked bag up to 50 pounds included in the ticket price.

Venice
Venice. Photo by SarahTz

Best Way to Buy the Ticket

You should buy this ticket with the Barclaycard Arrival Plus. The card comes with 50,000 Arrival miles after spending $3,000 on the card in the first three months. Arrival miles can be redeemed for 1 cent each toward any travel expense, so the bonus alone will more than cover this roundtrip to Europe. Learn How to Redeem Arrival Miles.

With the Arrival Plus, you don’t even have to wait to meet the minimum spending requirement before you spend the miles. Open an Arrival Plus, put whatever revenue tickets on the card you want now to help you meet the minimum spending requirement, and then redeem Arrival miles within 120 days to offset the charges.

Don’t have the Arrival Plus card? Put it on whatever card you have travel statement credits for, like the Sapphire Reserve or Citi Prestige. Don’t have any travel statements credits to earn? Check out the Best Credit Card to Buy Airfare if you’re concerned with earning more rewards. Check out our series on the travel protection benefits of popular rewards cards if you’re more concerned with travel insurance.

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Hat Tip The Flight Deal & Secret Flying