[03/21/2018 @ 5:30 PM] Book this fare on: Priceline, BookingBuddy, Travelocity, Orbitz, CheapTickets, Expedia, Hotwire.
[03/22/2018 @ 12:54 PM] Fare gone. We’re no longer seeing Express Deals with short connection times and we’re no longer seeing cheap United flights in their inventory. Removing from deal list.
Deals are usually valid 24 to 72 hours after posting, but can expire at any time (see time-stamp).
Priceline has round-trip flights from Austin or San Antonio (AUS/SAT) to Paris (CDG) or Amsterdam (AMS) for $469-$525. Flights from October to January. 7-day minimum stay required. Christmas / New Year blackout. Expect prices to fluctuate by +/- $20.
Note: This is a Priceline “Express Deal”. The airline and exact flight is hidden until after purchase. Purchases are final. No 24-hour free cancellation. Guaranteed to be on a major airline. Select the deal with 0 to 1 stops and a layover less than 3-hours.
Note: We believe this hidden fare is on United, Air Canada, or Lufthansa.
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I was able to pull this fare up on Priceline. Screenshot taken at 5:30 PM on 03/21/18.
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