United Airlines is offering a very inexpensive fare of $359 round-trip between Boston and Hamburg, Germany. Fly in October & November, maybe later also.
The routing for this very low fare goes through Newark. From Hamburg you can take other ultra-low-cost European airlines (e.g., AirBerlin) to other destinations, including those with more temperate winter climates.
Other airlines may match this airfare.
This sale is only good today until about 1 PM Eastern time.
Air Berlin Flash Sale today Vienna, Zurich and Germany to New York and Chicago one way $165 to $200 June to Nov
Departing Germany, Vienna and Zurich, arriving Chicago and New York.
Best bet: Fly to Europe on WOW, return on AirBerlin.
If you have status on one airline or hotel chain, you may be able to have another airline or hotel chain match it. So, for example, if you are Gold on American Airlines and are a nobody on AirBerlin, you can request a status match on AB before your next flight and receive the privileges that your new (temporary) AB status grants.
This post from Dan’s Deals is a very useful summary.
Roundup Of Airline And Hotel Elite Status Match And Challenge Offers
The airlines covered in the blog post are AirBerlin, Alaska, American, Delta, JetBlue, Turkish, United and Virgin America.
The hotel chains covered are Hilton, Hyatt and Starwood.
If you have any airline/hotel status and plan to fly or stay in any of those named brands, you are in luck!
AirBerlin is a OneWorld alliance member, so you can use American Airlines AAdvantage miles to book trips on it.
My family flew open-jaw in Coach last Fall to Venice, returning from Barcelona, on a combination of AA and AB.
Now AirBerlin is adding more trans-Atlantic flights, which is a good thing.
As a tall passenger, my favorite feature of AirBerlin is the (extra-cost) availability of their XL (extra legroom) seats in Coach. But you have to be vigilant…weeks after we were ticketed, they did a schedule change and put me into a standard seat. A phone call to their courteous call-center man got that rectified, but it was just luck that I noticed the seat change.
AirfareWatchdog shows some $600+ round-trip fares from Miami to Berlin and Rome. This is for travel next month and May.
Book on the AirBerlin website.
airberlin – $644: Miami – Rome, Italy. Roundtrip, including all Taxes
AirBerlin is a OneWorld partner, so you can earn American AAdvantage miles on these flights if you ask in advance of travel.