5 Cheapest Ways to Fly to Europe Using Frequent Flyer Miles

Flying 4,903 miles between the US and Europe is notorious for being expensive and out of reach of most Americans.

Up until three years ago, I had never flown outside the US. That is, until I got my first travel credit card, and started to learn how to maximize my miles.

If you sign up for the Chase Sapphire Preferred, they give you 50,000 bonus points on signup.

50,000 points is enough for 2 round-trip tickets to Europe if you book them using Avios miles (details below).

If you want to fly business class to Europe using frequent flyer miles, that’s just 50,000 miles.

Here’s my 5 favorite ways to fly to Europe using points and miles.



5.  13,000 Miles for an Economy Class Ticket to Europe Using British Airways Avios Points

British Airways Avios Points can be your best bet if you’re planning to go to Europe because it uses a distance-based award chart which means areas that are closer to Europe costs fewer points.

British Airways and some of their partners charges hefty fuel surcharges to their tickets. You can also use your British Avios Points to fly Aer Lingus or Air Berlin to Europe.

However, you may choose to use and redeem British Avios Points through Aer Lingus; Ireland’s national airline and one of the partnered airlines of British Airways.

For example, a flight from New York(JFK) to Dublin or Shannon is 3,170 miles which will cost 13,000(off-peak) miles or 20,000(peak) miles for an economy class one-way ticket flight between the US and Europe.  And, for an economy class round-trip flight between the US and Europe will cost 26,000(off-peak) miles or 40,000(peak) miles.

Aer Lingus also flies from the following cities in the US:

  • Boston
  • Chicago
  • Hartford
  • Los Angeles
  • New York
  • Newark
  • Orlando
  • San Francisco
  • Washington, DC

Luckily! Aer Lingus has a low fuel surcharges which makes ticket fees and taxes cost less, although you might need to pay higher charges for flights on your way home due to European departure taxes.

Planning to travel to Europe?  It’s good to have choices when you book award tickets.  Depending on the airline you choose, you could get there for fewer miles and points, or lower fuel surcharges.

If you want a quick boost to get enough miles to fly to Europe, if you sign up for the Chase Sapphire Preferred, you get 50,000 bonus points. We just put together 5 reasons the Chase Sapphire Preferred should be your first travel credit card.


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