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Star Alliance sale $600s Chicago and New York to Paris, Germany, Hungary, Poland Aug-Mar 2017

A fare to Vienna VIE, Austria at $697 round trip is surprisingly uncommon. Austria and Germany are two countries with few airfare sales due to these destinations being heavy business travel destinations from the USA. There is a major sale happening with LOT Polish Airlines and other Star Alliance airlines from Chicago ORD and New York JFK to several European countries like France, Germany, Hungary, Italy and Poland with fares in the mid to upper $600s for travel from late August through March 2017. Low fare August travel destinations are Budapest and Poland. From late October there are many more low fare destinations, which today are lower than most other airlines.

Aer Lingus is another airline flying out of both Chicago ORD and New York JFK with low fares today for fall travel to many places in Europe at discount prices in the $500s and $600s. The main drawback to Aer Lingus is their fare codes for thee low cost flights are mostly A or Z in tickets I searched and those two fare codes are ineligible for miles in United Airlines or any other Aer Lingus airline partner frequent flyer program.

Sample Fares:

  • $647 Chicago ORD – Paris CDG Oct 22-29 LOT Polish
  • $654 Chicago ORD – Budapest BUD Aug 22-31 Air Canada
  • $669 Chicago ORD – Budapest BUD Aug 22-31 Swiss
  • $672 Chicago ORD – Gdansk GDN Oct 31-Nov 10 LOT Polish
  • $680 Chicago ORD – Budapest BUD Aug 22-31 Austrian/Swiss (UA ticket)
  • $682 Chicago ORD – Krakow KRK Nov 2-9 Lufthansa/Swiss (LH ticket)
  • $696 Chicago ORD – Frankfurt FRA Oct 22-29 LOT Polish
  • $696 Chicago ORD – Munich MUC Oct 22-29 LOT Polish
  • $697 Chicago ORD – Hamburg HAM Oct 22-29 LOT Polish
  • $697 Chicago ORD – Milan MXP Nov 19-26 LOT Polish (Thanksgiving week)
  • $697 Chicago ORD – Vienna VIE Oct 22-29 LOT Polish
  • $714 Chicago ORD – Geneva GVA Oct 31 – Nov 6 LOT Polish
  • $743 Chicago ORD – Krakow KRK Sep 6-13 Austrian Airlines

$680 Chicago to Budapest, Hungary in August

United Airlines ticket for Austrian/Swiss flights

  • Austrian Airlines Chicago – Vienna – Budapest
  • Swiss Airlines Budapest – Zurich – Chicago

$679.66  Monday August 22 – Wednesday August 31

ORD-BUD $680 UA Aug22-31

$646 Chicago to Paris, France for Thanksgiving Week

LOT Polish Chicago ORD – Warsaw WAW – Paris CDG

$646.16 Sat Nov 19 – Sun Nov 27

ORD-CDG $646 LOT Nov19-27

Priceline ticket display is solely for itinerary simple display purposes. I like the layout of the Priceline page, especially compared to taking a screenshot of United’s itinerary display ticket price page.

This ticket books in LOT economy L class. This fare code earns 50% flight miles with Aeroplan or TAP Portugal, but only 25% flight miles with United and most other Star Alliance airlines.

Here is LOT Polish website display when you get to payment page and click flight details.

$672 LOT Polish Chicago to Gdansk, Poland

LOT Polish Chicago ORD – Warsaw WAW – Gdansk GDN

$671.98 Mon Oct 31 – Thu Nov 10

ORD-GDN $672 LOT Oct31-Nov10

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Ric Garrido of Monterey, California started Loyalty Traveler in 2006 for traveler education on hotel and air travel, primarily using frequent flyer and frequent guest loyalty programs for bargain travel. Loyalty Traveler joined BoardingArea.com in 2008.

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