Cheap Flights: Houston to Amsterdam $856 nonstop – UA/DL/KL

[08/05/2014 @ 9:12 AM] This fare was last seen here: TripAdvisor Flights.
[08/07/2014 @ 1:09 AM] United sale has ended, but KLM / Delta / Turkish still offer the sale. ūüôā
[08/11/2014 @ 4:55 PM] Delta / KLM have ended their sale. Only Turkish offers decent airfare now for $783 (no accrual).

Nonstop, round-trip airfare from Houston (IAH) to Amsterdam (AMS) are on sale right now from multiple airlines for $856. United and its Star Alliance partner Lufthansa have once again gotten into a bidding war with Delta and its Skyteam partners KLM and Air France. Turkish Airways is also offering discount airfare. Some of you may remember this happening a few months ago.

Note: United’s European airfare sale will end tomorrow.¬†TICKETS MUST BE ISSUED ON/BEFORE 06 AUG 14.

Some of the routes have good stopover components; United allows a free stopover in New York and Turkish allows for a free stopover in Istanbul.

The “WV33XPC”¬†Turkish fare basis code is the same fare code¬†I used to construct the itinerary for: [Ideas: Houston to Istanbul and Milan and Rome for $779 + $49 rail?] and [Flights: Houston (IAH) to Thessaloniki, Greece (SKG) $760 r/t 2-stops].¬†Keep in mind that the “W” booking class for Turkish has¬†0% accrual.

I won’t go into detail on constructing an itinerary with stopovers, it is covered in our [Budget Travel Tips] article here: [How to use stopover rules when buying airfare].

There are¬†several¬†good options here, but the United flight looks like the way to go, it allows a free stopover in New York (NYC). The KLM flight has no stopover component at all and The Turkish flight has an awesome free stopover in Istanbul (IST) and is cheaper, but it doesn’t accrue miles. It should go without saying, but¬†if you really want Amsterdam with a slice of Istanbul, you should definitely go with the Turkish flight and not worry too much about the miles; the cheaper fare will offset that loss some.

The example itinerary here is just a round-trip without the free stopover. If you want to hang out in both New Amsterdam and Old Amsterdam just modify your itinerary to stay more than a day in New York.

Destination information:

Coupon Codes:

Flight Details:

  • Availability:¬†Lots of availability. From end of October until Mar¬†2015. Except during Christmas and New Years blackout weeks.
  • Documentation:¬†Passport for Amsterdam. If you stopover in¬†Istanbul: [read this]
  • Departure and Destination Airports: IAH – AMS
  • Example Dates: ¬†November 5th – November 12th
  • Carrier: United or Turkish or KLM/Delta
  • Fare Basis Code: United (KLXNC13S) / Turkish (WV33XPC) / KLM (VLXP13US)
  • Fare Class: K
  • Mile Accrual: 100% (UNITED or KLM) / 0% (TURKISH)
  • Stopover component: one free NYC.
  • CPM: 8.46¬†(10069¬†miles)
  • Full Route:¬†IAH – AMS or (IAH – NYC – AMS)
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