As reported by Thrifty Traveler, there are some really cheap (low-$300’s fares) from a few cities to Europe available this winter (from January to April). The cheapest flights are to Dublin, but there are sub-$400 fares to many European cities.
- Cheap economy class fares to Europe on legacy carriers (some of which include a carry-on bag and seat assignment from January to April
This isn’t peak time for many European cities, but for these prices it might not be bad for a short getaway. For example, you could fly round trip from Atlanta to Dublin in February for $303 on Air Canada or $305 on United / Lufthansa (United should include seat free seat assignment and carry-on bag).
I’ve been to Ireland in January. One tip: many B&B’s close for the winter, so I’d recommend lining up accommodation ahead of time. We tried to fly by the seat of our pants and found it harder than expected at that time of year. Otherwise, we had a great time driving around Ireland with fewer tourists and a more “local” feel everywhere we went.
Plenty of other city pairs have cheap flights. Here’s Miami to Paris for $319 round trip in February (out on American nonstop and back on Finnair via Helsinki). This one is basic economy, so you’ll need to pay for seat assignment.
There are surprisingly good fares from out West as well, like from Phoenix to Dublin in January.
Again, you’ll want to check the rules for each carrier. Thritfty Traveler reports that the Air Canada itineraries do not include seat selection, whereas United itineraries do. You’ll want to double check the rules during the booking process.
Some of these flights might come up even cheaper than the Google Flights examples above when you plug city pairs and dates into metasearch sites like Momondo and Skyscanner, which search smaller online travel agencies. I also expect you’ll find these flights via the Chase Travel Portal and Amex Travel, which means you might be able to book these for around 20K points round trip depending on which card(s) you have), which is a pretty solid value for travel to Europe.
Thrifty Traveler reports quite a few other city combinations as well, so it’s worth playing with Google Flights to see what you may find from your home city even if it isn’t listed above.
H/T: Thrifty Traveler