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4 Ways to Fly Roundtrip to Europe For Under 40K Points

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You don't need hundreds of thousands of points to fly to Europe and back for free (or nearly free). Sometimes, all you need is need 40,000. Maybe even less. 

We often hear from travelers with just a handful of points and miles wondering if they have enough to book that dream trip or not. Some assume you need points balances close to 100,000 to make a trip work. They've probably been staring down airfares in the $1,000s and have decided that points and miles are their only hope. 

I've got news for the more points-poor travelers out there: You probably have enough points to make a Europe trip work. 


Delta SkyMiles fare


Here are two slick examples flying to London (LHR) in 2025: One on Delta Air Lines (above) and one on American Airlines (below). In both cases, you don't need more than 38,000 points to book roundtrip flights. Yes, even all the way from Honolulu (HNL)!


American Airlines fare


And it gets even better than that. In some cases, you can fly Delta roundtrip from just 24,000 miles or fly fancy Emirates to Italy or Greece from just 35,000 points, too. 

Don't rule out a Europe trip just because your points and miles balance is low. You might be closer than you think. 

Read next: No Bonus, No Problem: How to Keep Earning Points Without a Welcome Offer 


Delta SkyMiles from 31K RT

Travelers with Delta SkyMiles might see sometimes see sky high rates just to fly economy to Europe and back, but if you hold out for a SkyMiles flash sale, you could easily get there for less than 40,000 points. 


Delta SkyMiles


Delta occasionally slashes rates on flights within the U.S. to Europe and elsewhere. Sometimes these sales are advertised; other times they’re secret – but we find them anyway and send them to our Thrifty Traveler Premium members.

We have a full guide to booking with Delta SkyMiles that you can use to find low fares. And we break down exactly how to do it for our Thrifty Traveler Premium members in every deal we find, too. 


SkyMiles info


We sent this flight deal to our members a few days ago and it included hundreds of U.S. cities with roundtrip fares to Europe under 40,000 SkyMiles. 


Delta SkyMiles fares


We're not scraping the bottom of the barrel with destinations, either. Just look at all the European cities that Delta put on sale all at once. 


SkyMiles destinations


It's even better if you have a co-branded Delta SkyMiles American Express card in your wallet as most cardholders get 15% off award bookings, meaning you could book these flights for even fewer miles! 

Read More: Our 10 Best Delta SkyMiles Deals


American AAdvantage Miles for 38K RT

If you have American AAdvantage miles instead of Delta SkyMiles, you can book a very similar deal…but it's even better! 


American Airlines


The incredible part about using AAdvantage miles to book roundtrip flights to Europe, is that the lowest fare is Main Cabin, giving you free seat selection, a carry-on bag, a checked bag, and the ability to change or cancel your trip and have your miles redeposited in your account. 


AA info


Look at all of these American Airlines cities that got in on these 38,000-point roundtrip rates. 


American Airlines fares


And like the Delta deal, there are some heavy-hitter European destinations included in this deal. Swiss Alps? Ireland? Spain? Italy? It's all there! 


AA destination list


And, you can book these fares “open-jaw”, meaning you can fly into one city and out of another. You get two cities for the price of one! 

Read Next: The 11 Best AAdvantage Deals We've Found


Fly Delta with Flying Blue or Virgin Atlantic Points from 24K RT

Want to fly Delta, but don't have SkyMiles? You're in luck. You can get even more value by booking Delta flights through their European airline partners: Air France/KLM Flying Blue and Virgin Atlantic Flying Club

Booking through those partners, you can get deals like this. 

Flying Blue to Europe


For just 30,000 Flying Blue miles roundtrip, you can book Main Cabin Delta flights. That's about 10,000 points fewer than if you used SkyMiles, and you get a refundable fare. Win-win! 


Flying Blue deal info


Think you don't have Flying Blue miles? Think again. If you have been earning credit card points with Amex, Bilt Rewards, Capital One, Chase, Citi, or Wells Fargo, you can transfer them to Flying Blue to book flights to all of these destinations. 


Flying Blue destination list


You can find rates like these during Flying Blue's promotions to any one of these cities thanks to Air France and KLM's huge flight networks. 


Flying Blue fare


Read our full guide to booking award tickets through Air France/KLM Flying Blue! 

Similar savings – and awesome, flexible Main Cabin fares – can be found through Virgin Atlantic Flying Club, too. 


Virgin flight deal


Read next: Save Your SkyMiles, Book Delta Flights Through Virgin Atlantic 

When you use Virgin Atlantic points, you can book flights to Europe from just 15,000 points each way, or 30,000 points roundtrip. 


Virgin bookings


You can transfer points to Virgin from nearly all the major banks: Amex, Bilt, Capital One, Chase, and Citi. If you transfer your points over to Virgin during one of its frequent transfer bonuses, you can get it as low as 24,000 points roundtrip, too.  


Virgin list


Booking from Minneapolis (MSP) is the sweetest spot because you'll only pay around $90 in taxes and fees, while travelers in other cities might see taxes and fees of $200 0r more. 


Virgin fare


If you want to fly Delta Main Cabin, you won't find cheaper points and miles redemptions than when you book through Flying Blue and Virgin. 

Read more: Save Points When Booking Flights: Transfer Them to an Airline Partner


Emirates to Italy or Greece from 35K Miles RT

Bare with me here…but you can fly a Middle Eastern airline between New York and Greece and Italy nonstop. And those flights can be super cheap when you book with miles. 


Emirates flight deal


Emirates flies nonstop from New York (JFK) to Milan (MXP) and from Newark (EWR) to Athens (ATH), giving travelers with Italy or Greece on their bucket lists a super luxurious airline option. 

Read next: The Weirdest Airline Routes in the World & How to Book Them

Emirates flight deal info


If you can transfer 35,000 Amex, Bilt, Capital One, Chase, or Citi points over to Emirates Skywards miles, you can book these flights roundtrip, too. 

Read Next: Our Emirates Economy Review


Emirates fares


Bottom Line

You don't need hundreds of thousands of points to get to Europe and back, you only need 40,000 to fly airlines like American, Delta, and Emirates across the pond. 

These are some of the best – and easiest – ways to fly roundtrip to Europe this year or next even if your points balance is low.  


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