We really like Finnair and their excellent fares to Europe — they are back for Fall and Winter travel. Based on last year’s trend, these will be the best priced fares from the US to Europe. The only downside, it requires a slight detour via Helsinki, which adds to the travel time and potential overnight layover in Helsinki on some itineraries. But if you don’t mind, these are good deals.
Sample Travel Date:
- November 5th – 13th
- Valid for travel from October 1st – April 30th, 2014 (at the moment, you can only book til about mid-February as booking engines only allows advance purchase 330 days out). Use ITA Software Matrix Airfare Search and flexible month search to see availability — enable advanced routing codes and enter “ay+” on both the outbound and return fields to search only Finnair availability. Must purchase by October 1st
- Beginner’s Guide on How to Use Matrix by ITA Software
- How to Read Airfare Rules and Use It to Your Advantage
- JFK – HEL (Helsinki) – MAD (Madrid) – HEL – JFK. Includes an overnight layover in Helsinki on the return.
- 11,864 miles or 5.2 cents per mile. Finnair is a member of the OneWorld alliance and a partner of American Airlines. Provide the check-in staff with your AAdvantage frequent flyer number to receive 100% mileage credit for this fare.
How to Book:
- Use dates found at ITA Software Matrix Airfare Search and book on Orbitz.com. Make sure you select “Additional Search Options” and then “Narrow the search to my preferred airlines” select Finnair to find availability.
- Visa: US Citizens – not required. Other nationals, check the TIMATIC Visa Database
- Currency: Euro (EUR) $1USD = 0.77 EUR
Tips for saving when using credit cards at international destinations:
- No Foreign Transaction Fee Credit Cards to save on international purchases
- Don’t get hit with Dynamic Currency Conversion
- Get your taxes refunded when shopping
- How to Avoid International Data Roaming Charges
For more New York Flight Deals:
- Go to the The New York Flight Deals page
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