Demand for airfare to Europe in the peak summer vacation months is high and the airlines know it. Expect fares to rise in mid to late May and stay exorbitantly high through September. If you’re planning to vacation in Europe this summer, start looking for your flights now to save as much as possible and find the best routing for your trip.
Steps to find low cost airfare to Europe this summer:
Be sure to search for your airfare to Europe from all the departure airports close to you. The price and availability of connecting flights for your flight to Europe can make a huge difference in the cost of your ticket.
Choose flexible travel dates. Often the least expensive tickets are available for flights on Monday through Thursdays, but this is not always true. As more people book their flights mid-week to get the cheapest pricing, cheap weekend flights sometimes are still available. Remember to choose “flexible” dates when using an online airfare search engine.
Give up on the thought that you’ll find really cheap airfares to Europe this summer. If they existed earlier this year, they’re already sold out.
A more realistic approach is look for airfare pricing that isn’t sky-high and includes checked luggage without additional fees and/or non-stop flights without numerous layovers that suck up your vacation time and ultimately cost more.
Monitor the costs of flights to where you want to go for a few days or a week to gauge whether pricing is going up or down. Airplane ticket pricing is extremely volatile; prices can change multiple times each day – or even stay constant for a week. When you see the fares start to increase, it’s time to make your move and grab your airfare to Europe this summer before even high priced fares disappear.