It’s not too late to start planning an epic European summer vacation. American Airlines will soon offer three new nonstop seasonal flights to Nice, Naples and Copenhagen from its bustling Philadelphia hub. The carrier will also launch daily service—from Dallas to Barcelona and from Chicago to Venice—and extend several routes to year-round status. Here’s what you need to know to make the most of the new summer flight schedule.

New Routes from Philadelphia, Chicago and Dallas

This season’s new flights from Philadelphia (PHL) are your excuse to explore new European cities this summer. Instead of heading to Paris, why n0t spend some time in the French Riviera thanks to American Airlines’ new flight to Nice (NCE)? Rather than fly into Rome, you’ll now have the option to arrive in Naples (NAP), the gateway to Southern Italy and epic day trips to Capri, the Amalfi Coast and historic Pompeii. Those hoping to stay cool in the summer heat can fly into Copenhagen (CPH), a great base for exploring more of Denmark, with easy access to the rest of Scandinavia.

Seasonal schedule from May 6 to Oct. 5, 2024 (daily):

  • AA746 Philadelphia (PHL) 9:10 p.m. Departure → Nice (NCE) 10:55 a.m. (+1) Arrival
  • AA747 Nice (NCE) 1:00 p.m. Departure → Philadelphia (PHL) 3:45 p.m. Arrival

Seasonal schedule from June 5 to Oct. 25, 2024 (daily):

  • AA780 Philadelphia (PHL) 7:15 p.m. Departure → Naples (NAP) 10:00 a.m. (+1) Arrival
  • AA781 Naples (NAP) 12:15 p.m. Departure → Philadelphia (PHL) 4:00 p.m. Arrival

Seasonal schedule from June 6 to Oct. 5, 2024 (daily):

  • AA744 Philadelphia (PHL) 9:35 p.m. Departure → Copenhagen (CPH) 11:10 a.m. (+1) Arrival
  • AA745 Copenhagen (CPH) 2:00 p.m. Departure → Philadelphia (PHL) 4:25 p.m. Arrival

Speaking of visiting more European cities this summer, American Airlines is also restarting an old seasonal route from Chicago (ORD) to Venice (VCE), making it easier to visit the rest of Northern Italy, Switzerland and parts of Eastern Europe. It’s also launching new year-round service between Dallas (DFW) and Barcelona (BCN), a city every art lover should visit at least once—if you’ve been looking for an excuse to get your Gaudí on, this is it.

Seasonal schedule from June 5 to Oct. 26, 2024 (daily):

  • AA42 Chicago (ORD) 8:35 p.m. Departure → Venice (VCE) 12:35 p.m. (+1) Arrival
  • AA43 Venice (VCE) 2:50 p.m. Departure → Chicago (ORD) 5:50 p.m. Arrival

Year-round schedule starting June 5, 2024 (daily):

  • AA192 Dallas (DFW) 7:15 p.m. Departure → Barcelona (BCN) 12:00 p.m. (+1) Arrival
  • AA193 Barcelona (BCN) 1:55 p.m. Departure → Dallas (DFW) 5:48 p.m. Arrival

Flights serving Nice and Copenhagen will be operated by Boeing 787-9 aircraft, while the Naples route will utilize a Boeing 787-8. As for the other two routes, you can fly to Venice aboard a Boeing 787-8 and Barcelona on a Boeing 777-200.

Additional Nonstop Routes to Europe This Summer

American Airlines launched a number of routes this spring, allowing travelers to fly nonstop from Charlotte (CLT) to Dublin (DUB), New York (JFK) to Athens (ATH), Philadelphia (PHL) to Venice (VCE) and Chicago (ORD) to Athens (ATH). Flights from Charlotte and New York will utilize Boeing 777-200s, while the Chicago and Philadelphia routes will be operated by 787-9 and 787-8 aircraft, respectively.

The carrier is also expanding several flights from seasonal to year-round service, including nonstop hops from Charlotte (CLT) to Madrid (MAD), Dallas (DFW) to Dublin (DUB) and Rome (FCO), and Philadelphia (PHL) to Barcelona (BCN) and Lisbon (LIS). The Chicago-to-Madrid flight and summertime hauls from Dallas to Dublin will be operated by Boeing 777-200 planes, while the others will be serviced by a mix of Boeing 787-8 and 787-9 aircraft.

Use AAdvantage Miles to Save Money on Flights

The more flexible you can be with your dates, the easier it’ll be to redeem miles for free (or nearly free) flights. Sign up for American Airlines’ AAdvantage loyalty program before you go to accumulate miles to put toward future trips. You can also pick up extra miles by doing some retail therapy via the carrier’s online shopping portal. Of course, the fastest and easiest way to earn airline miles is by signing up for a co-branded credit card—just make sure you are in a position to hit the minimum spending requirement responsibly—or by transferring points from Bilt Rewards.

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