Jun122016

Chicago to Europe UA/DL Mileage Run routes in $400s, AA $500s Sep-Dec

There is a good opportunity today to purchase round trip tickets to Europe with Delta or United from Chicago, New York or Washington for travel September to December on a weekend mileage run. The deal is Icelandair has a 96-hour sale running through midnight, Sunday June 12. American, Delta and United lowered fares to key cities in Europe including London, Paris, Frankfurt, Munich, Amsterdam, Brussels and Zurich from US airports with Icelandair routes.

Fares from Chicago are mostly in the $500s and low $600s to these cities, but if you book a Friday or Saturday departure with a 2-day Sunday or Monday return, then these cities and many more airports around Europe are priced in the $400s round trip with Delta and United. American is about $100 more. That might not seem like a raw deal, but at least AA is competing. American is not competing at all on the 2-day return tickets fare war between DL and UA from Washington D.C. airports, a place where Delta Air Lines has all kinds of deals to France and Italy and many other countries in the $400s.

These are perfect for an end-of-year mileage run with Delta/SkyTeam or United/Star Alliance programs to earn elite miles. American/Oneworld matched low fares on regular itineraries from Icelandair hubs in the USA, but AA not participating in these lower two day ticket prices for mileage runs. There are many cities in Spain available as three day trips with American Airlines from Chicago.

Delta/SkyTeam have extensive low fares in $400s to dozens of cities across Europe from Washington DC area airports IAD/BWI/DCA.

Delta/SkyTeam Chicago Fares to Europe

Friday November 4 – Sunday November 6

$491 ORD – Stuttgart STR Delta

$492 ORD – Madrid MAD Delta

$494 ORD – London LHR Delta

$495 ORD – Barcelona BCN Delta

$494 ORD – Paris CDG Delta

$497 ORD – Prague PRG Delta

$497 ORD – Venice VCE Delta

$498 ORD – Munich MUC Delta

$498 ORD – Nice NCE Delta

$501 ORD – Stockholm ARN Delta

$504 ORD – Rome FCO Alitalia

$509 ORD – Frankfurt FRA Delta

Google Flights fares ORD-Europe Nov4-6 United

United/Star Alliance Chicago Fares to Europe

Friday September 17 – Sunday September 19 (or other 3-day trip dates)

$484 ORD – Munich MUC United (Nov 19-21)

$485 ORD – Paris CDG United/Air Canada; $498 all United

$487 ORD – Athens ATH Air Canada/Aegean

$487 ORD – London LHR United; $476 UA/Swiss on LH ticket

$487 ORD – Brussels BRU United

$490 ORD – Copenhagen CPH United Sep 17-19

$490 ORD – Geneva GVA United/Air Canada

$494 ORD – Frankfurt FRA United

$494 ORD – Zurich ZRH United

$495 ORD – Vienna VIE United/Austrian (Austrian nonstop outbound)

$505 ORD – Barcelona BCN United

$510 ORD – Madrid MAD United

$521 ORD – Milan MXP United/Swiss

$552 ORD – Rome FCO United/Lufthansa

$523 ORD – Amsterdam AMS LOT Polish (available for longer itineraries too. This LOT fare was around before Icelandair fare war of June 9-12.)

American/Oneworld Chicago Fares to Europe

3 Day trips like Nov 4-6

Important to watch out for with American Airlines itineraries is be sure the low fare does not involve a change of airport in London. This is a big factor in tickets to Spain, where American drops you off in LHR and the low fares tend to be for British Airways flights out of London Gatwick. Travel between London LHR and London LGW is about $30 each way by bus and 2+ hours travel time for transportation. You can do it for about $10 and 4 hours, if you take Underground to London and train from Victoria Station. Much easier to pay higher fare with no London airport transfers.

$547 ORD – Paris CDG American/British Airways (All these low fares only ticket by American Airlines. No $65 AARP discount available. BA tickets are priced in $800s).

$562 ORD – London LHR American

$594 ORD – Amsterdam AMS

$591 ORD – Manchester MAN

$607 ORD – Munich MUC

$579 ORD – Malaga AGP American/British Airways/Iberia (This is one of the LHR-LGW transfer tickets for outbound. Inbound is Iberia MAD-ORD).

$581 ORD – Lisbon LIS American (another change of airport low fare)

$608 ORD – Nice NCE American

$621 ORD – Rome FCO American

$623 ORD – Berlin TXL American

$630 ORD – Prague PRG American

I am not a fan of mileage runs anymore since I have the flexibility to create my own life schedule most of the time and I prefer two week trips to Europe. But when you need more flights for status and all you have are weekends available for travel, then a quick trip to Europe Friday – Sunday or Saturday – Monday can be the fix and a good investment of $500 for status and miles.

Loyalty Traveler curated Airfare Deals and Google Flights and Kayak Explore tutorials.

 

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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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  1. There is no more mileage run as these flights are after August and where the miles are calculated different than straight miles. Good price for the sake of sightseeing but not for mileage run.

  2. @David – these are mileage runs for flyers seeking elite status. No change for AA operated flights earning 100% EQM in 2016 before there is a revenue component to earn elite status introduced for 2017 flights.

    In 2017 the AAdvantage game changes making these sightseeing runs for low spenders.

    And for many flyers seeking status in another international program, low cost flight miles are still mileage run worthy.

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