United / Air Canada / American – Starting $425: United States – Europe. Roundtrip, including all Taxes

United and its partners (Air Canada, Lufthansa, Swiss etc) are putting Europe on sale from the $400s for September and October travel. The lowest we found was Istanbul from San Francisco for $425. Most are in the upper $500s (Spain) to lower $600s (France and Italy). Here’s what we found:
  • Dublin [DUB]
  • Shannon [SNN]
  • Istanbul [IST]
  • Madrid [MAD]
  • Barcelona [BCN]
  • Paris [CDG]
  • Rome [FCO]
  • Amsterdam [AMS]
  • Munich [MUC]
  • London [LHR]
  • Lisbon [LIS]
  • Prague [PRG]
  • Budapest [BUD]
  • Athens [ATH]
  • There could be others; this is based on our quick check
Not all of the above is available from every departure city. This is a NATIONWIDE sale though and it is available from almost every city with service, so check yours. A 7 day stay is required. Prices will vary by departure and destination. But this sale is below the norm for all destinations. Update 6/26/2016 @ 10:10PM Eastern – American matched a lot of destinations such as Paris, Amsterdam etc. And yes, AA is even available from their hubs like Dallas.
Rome, Italy - Photo: Bert Kaufmann via Flickr, used under Creative Commons License (By 2.0)

Rome, Italy – Photo: Bert Kaufmann via Flickr, used under Creative Commons License (By 2.0)

Sample Travel Date:

  • Sample from Los Angeles – Rome on Air Canada
  • September 5th – 12th

Fare Availability:

  • Valid for travel on the outbound until from September – early December or January, 2017 – March, 2017 for Sunday through Wednesday departures from the United States and Monday through Thursday departures to the United States. A 7 day minimum stay is required. Must purchase at least 28 days in advance of departure.
  • Please note that while this fare is valid at time of posting, if this post is more than two days old, the fare is likely gone.

How to Search for Availability:

  • Use ITA Software Matrix Airfare Search and use the following search criteria:
    • Departing from: LAX
      • For availability from other cities, replace LAX with your departure city’s airport code
    • Outbound Advanced Routing Code: ac+ /f bc=k
      • For United availability, replace ac+ /f bc=k with ua+ /f bc=k on both the Outbound and Return Advanced Routing Code fields
      • For American availability, replace ac+ /f bc=k with aa+ /f bc=O on both the Outbound and Return Advanced Routing Code fields
        • That’s the letter O and not number zero
    • Destination: FCO
      • For other destinations, replace FCO with cities listed above.
    • Return Advanced Routing Code: ac+ /f bc=k
    • (Click on Advanced Routing Codes link to enable advanced routing code input)
    • Select “See calendar of lowest fares”
    • Length of stay “3-10” (This is just a sample, you can use any 7 day date range like 3-10, 7-14 etc)
  • Beginner’s Guide on How to Use Matrix by ITA Software
  • How to Read Airfare Rules and Use It to Your Advantage

You cannot buy tickets using ITA. To buy, follow our instructions in the “How to Book” section below.

Fare Class:

  • K

Sample Routing:

  • LAX – YUL (Montreal) – FCO (Rome) – YUL – LAX



  • Miles Flown: 13,110 miles or 4.8 cents per mile
  • Elite Qualifying Miles: 13,110 miles
  • Redeemable Miles: 6,555 miles

How to Book:

  • Support us by using our Priceline link to book with dates found on ITA Software Matrix Airfare Search. Make sure you enter “United” on the Airline textbox under the Advanced Options section of the form.
Istanbul for $425

Istanbul for $425 from San Francisco

Rome for $628 from Los Angeles

Rome for $628 from Los Angeles


Paris from San Francisco for $639 on American.

Paris from Dallas for $640

Paris from Dallas for $639


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Background Information:

  • Visa: US Citizens – Not required for most but some like Turkey do need one. Check travel.state.gov for exact requirements for each country.. Other nationals, check the TIMATIC Visa Database
  • Currency: Check XE for currency of destination.

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Comments (2)

  • Shawn 7 years ago Reply

    Delta seems to also be matching this. Just booked a PHX to DUB for $530RT for Oct 3-10. Saw that other cities including DEN were on there too.

  • Reid 7 years ago Reply

    Booked on Air France actually SFO to Paris direct $640 all-in!

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