If you think it's necessary to fly from a major city for a cheap flight, think again. American Airlines along with partners British Airways, Iberia, and Finnair are selling tickets to Berlin (TXL), Frankfurt (FRA), and Zurich (ZRH) at deep discounts from nearly every airport in the U.S. Fares are as low as $292 roundtrip.
This unadvertised sale popped up a few times this summer and we're glad to see it back. These prices are usually gone in a flash, so book quickly for a cheap flight from Anytown, USA (i.e. Springfield) to Europe.
This sale is unadvertised, but I'll give the general details for availability below.
- Travel Period: October 2019 through May 21, 2020, with a 28-day advance purchase.
- Travel Days of the Week: Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays.
- Minimum Stay: 7-nights
- Blackout Dates: Holiday travel in late December and early January.
Prices will vary slightly depending on which airport you connect through and which booking site you use. Use the prices listed below as a general guideline for the type of deal you can find.
This sale is unadvertised and fares may jump at any moment. Book now to avoid missing out. Try many different booking sites if you are finding prices jumping since inventory can go fast and may be available through another booking engine.
Nearly every U.S. airport to Zurich (ZRH) ~$335 roundtrip
Nearly every U.S. airport to Berlin (TXL) ~$357 roundtrip
Nearly every U.S. airport to Frankfurt (FRA) ~$409 roundtrip
This is just a sample of deals available. There are several other cities included in this nationwide sale. Even if your city isn't listed, make sure to check the price from your local airport for a super deal.
The most notable omissions from this sale are certain hub cities like Chicago, Atlanta, Cincinnati, Detroit, Minneapolis, Salt Lake City, Denver, Charlotte, Dallas, Phoenix, and a few other cities where Oneworld airlines have nonstop flight options from the U.S. to Europe such as Austin and Pittsburgh. If you live in one of these hub cities, look at flights from smaller airports nearby for a super deal to Europe.
Of course, since this is a sale on American, any airport where American Airlines doesn't fly won't have similar pricing.
These are Basic Economy fares, which only include a carry-on bag plus one personal item. Other restrictions apply. The first checked piece of luggage will cost $60 each-way. In some cases, it is the same price for an upgrade to a Main Cabin Economy fare, which includes one free checked bag.
Seats will be assigned at random upon check-in for these prices. You may be able to pay a fee to choose a seat.
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Upgrading to Main Cabin Economy will cost an additional $120-$160 roundtrip, and will include one free checked bag, seat selection, and the ticket will be eligible for upgrades. American allows ticket changes (fee applies) on both Basic Economy and Main Cabin Economy fares for European flights.
As an example, I found a flight departing Springfield SGF on Monday, October 28, returning from Berlin TXL on Tuesday, November 5, for $364 roundtrip.