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Air Berlin July 11-18 Europe sale $648 San Francisco to Florence, Italy

Oneworld airline partner Air Berlin has a sale July 11-18 for flights to Europe from San Francisco, Los Angeles, Chicago, Boston, New York JFK and Miami. Today I see fares from San Francisco to Florence, Italy at $648.10 round trip for October departure dates. The routing is a one-stop SFO-Dusseldorf, Germany DUS connecting to Florence, Italy FLR. The real deal here is San Francisco seems to be the sweet spot on low fare tickets. New York JFK – Florence FLR is the same $648 round trip ticket price making San Francisco’s low fare seem like an even better deal.

The fare is $696.10 from Los Angeles LAX – Florence FLR in October.

This sale is also advertised as a Business Class sale starting at $1,700 round trip from USA-Europe.

The tricky part of this deal is finding the date range for low fares. Prices show up on Air Berlin’s website and OTA sites like Orbitz, however, I don’t see these fares on Google Flights or ITA Matrix, making it difficult to determine the date range quickly. On Air Berlin I found $648 fares for many dates in October 2016 for 7-day trips. There have not been many deals from SFO to Europe the past two weeks and this one stands out as a unique low fare to Italy for early fall travel.

Air Berlin SFO special fares July 11

Air Berlin has this fare search function I found useless. It shows the ticket price SFO-Florence at $1,300+. It does provide an idea of cities in Europe to check for low fares with Copenhagen, Zurich, Stockholm, Hamburg and Salzburg showing round trip ticket prices between $599-$699.

I found SFO-Rome/Venice tickets and SFO-Zurich for $661 in October.

SFO-VCE $661 AB October

My best guidance is play around on Air Berlin site or Orbitz/OTA for even faster searches and hopefully these fares will show up today on Google Flights for quicker searches.

Air Berlin has a weekly fare calendar you can check by clicking the +/- 3 Days box in a fare search.

Air Berlin SFO-Florence fare calendar

SFO-FLR $648 AB Oct fare calendar 

After spending 40 minutes playing with their site, I don’t like it much. Finding lots of glitches and easier to use an OTA for fare searches.

Air Berlin San Francisco SFO – Dusseldorf DUS – Florence FLR

$648.10 round trip Orbitz ticket  Mon Oct 17 – Mon Oct 24

SFO-FLR $648 Oct17-24 AB

SFO-FLR $648 AB-2

Flight earns 6,570 TopBonus miles in Air Berlin Z class. I don’t see any other frequent flyer program eligible for miles in this fare class.

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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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