(Closed) Cheap flights to Europe?

posted 6 years ago in Travel
  • poll: Am I crazy?
    Yes. Honeymoon in the Poconos it is! : (9 votes)
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    No! I know you can find cheaper flights if you follow my advice... : (1 votes)
    6 %
    Go to Napa Valley instead! : (3 votes)
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  • Post # 3
    1019 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    @peachacid:  I seem to be crazy for looking for the same thing… it’s okay maybe we can be crazy together?

    Post # 4
    2065 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: December 2011

    Hah, I’ll join you in the crazy. We’re going in April and the cheapest I’ve found (fly into Dublin and out of Rome) so far is $1200/person with 1 stop on each leg of the trip. Sigh. It’d be even cheaper if we had 2 stops on each leg but I just don’t think I can handle that, I’m already not a great traveler.

    Post # 5
    5273 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: October 2009

    In July, that will be very difficult to find, as the summer is the high season – most tickets will be about $1200+ each. We went to Nice, France in August and our tickets were $1300.  

    Have you thought about going Jan – April? In March of this year my husband and I went to Ireland (transit through Heathrow) and American Airlines had a special that just as long as you flew before April 30th, the tickets were only $750 each (including tax!!!!)  

    Post # 6
    10367 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2010

    I mean, you’re lucky if you can find tickets to CANADA for under $800…the international fees and taxes tack on so much. I think we paid around that to go to Iceland a couple years ago, but that was only from Boston…are you flying from the East coast? Or somewhere in the middle/west of the country? Gas and distance play a big role.

    Post # 7
    5273 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: October 2009

    @misspeanut:  Really?! We were thinking about going back to Ireland for our winter vacation because the tickets were so cheap last year! 

    Post # 9
    456 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    depends on where you’re flying from. I never pay more than 800 usd to fly from copenhagen to new york.

    Post # 11
    277 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: November 2013

    @peachacid:  Are you looking for under 1000 each or altogether? I work in an airport and I can tell you the cheapest I have seen flights to Europe for is around 800 per person give or take about $50. They use to have stand by where you could get discounted tickets but all companies have discontinued that practice and it became a perk for employees only.

    Post # 12
    5423 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: November 2012

    I went to Spain in July two years ago and we paid about 900-ish for roundtrip tickets nonstop.

    I’d hold off for the fall.

    Post # 13
    2712 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    I think it might be difficult to find for July – since that’s a popular time.  But if you’re lucky and don’t mind red-eyes, you might be able to pull it off.  However, if you go in the spring or winter you can get good deals.  I flew from DC to Paris a few years ago for < $750.  I had actually found tickets for closer to $600, but tried to buy them too late.

    Post # 14
    3886 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: September 2011

    You can usually find tickets to Europe for $700 or so per person round-trip in the off-season: mid-January through mid-March.  Sub-$1000 fares do happen these days, but rarely in peak season (summer). $1200 for summer travel is, sadly, what it costs to go to Europe these days. 

    One pro-tip: if you want to go to London, fly into London, spend some time there, then take a train to continental Europe (Paris is probably closest, at least of the major tourist cities) and fly home from Paris.  The UK adds a steep departure tax to every ticket; by departing from a non-UK airport (which includes one or two airports in the part of Ireland that is not part of the UK) you save yourself about $50/ticket on a coach ticket or $90+ on a business class ticket.  That savings is usually enough to cover your train ride to Paris.

    Post # 15
    458 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: July 2011

    I think it depends where you’re going. Flights to London always seem to be the cheapest, with Paris rigth behind.

    Post # 16
    9142 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

    In July?  Probably not but it depends on the cities you are flying in and out of.  We are looking at $750-900 to fly roundtrip from Orlando to London during the low season which runs from after Boxing Day (Dec 26) into early March.

    Maybe try to get creative with the cities you fly into and out of?  I know Germany tends to be cheaper to fly into and don’t forget that local European value companies like RyanAir sell plane tickets for regional flights really cheap.

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