For those of you who begrudgingly missed out on a hop across the pond in 08, chin up the new year is looking refreshingly encouraging for travelers in search of an Old World fix. A perfect mix of stabilized jet fuel prices and a European economy hungry for tourism dollars has cropped up a tempting batch of airfare sales, with rates now starting from as little as $110 each way. Whats more, the dollar will actually get you somewhere once you touch down, as its finally back up to respectable levels against the euro and pound.
$110+: Cheap Europe Fares on Air France Incl. Free Paris Stopover (One-Way)
The Deal: Air France has just announced jaw-dropping one-way fares from New York to Dublin starting from just $110 one-way. But thats not all: flights to other destinations in Europe are seeing amazing lows as well, including hotspots like Paris, Budapest, Istanbul, and more. Plus, you can even take advantage of a free stopover in Paris (valid for travel in each direction) and enjoy travel to two cities in Europe for the price of one.
Sample One-Way Fares: NYCDublin $110; DetroitParis $228; BostonBudapest $213; PhiladelphiaIstanbul $214; DCRome $264; and more
The Catch: Bring a jacket; it's still chilly in most of Europe during February and March.
Travel By: March 26
Book By: February 18 (a 7-day advance purchase is required)
$199+: May Flights to Ireland on Aer Lingus (One-Way)
The Deal: Welcome the return of springs lushness amidst the greenery of the Emerald Isle and hold onto some green, to boot, thanks to Aer Linguss blowout sale on flights to Dublin and Shannon throughout the month of May. Another perk is Aer Linguss partnership with JetBlue, which provides low-cost connections from across the country to the Irish carrier's quintet of US hubs. Booking note: After clicking on the above link, look for the promotional box on the righthand side of Aer Lingus's homepage which reads "May Fares."
Sample One-Way Fares to Dublin/Shannon from: NYC $199; Boston $199; Chicago $249; DC $249; and San Francisco $299
The Catch: This promotion ends today!
Travel By: May 131
Book By: February 11
50% Off Companion Fares: V-Day Sale to Romantic Cities in Europe
The Deal: Lufthansa is currently offering travelers a sweetheart of a deal. When you purchase two tickets to one of six romantic European destinations, youll receive 50% off the second fare. So grab your honey and head to Venice, Paris, Barcelona, and more through May.
Sample One-Way Fares (Valid for Two Travelers): NYCBarcelona $612; AtlantaParis $872; ChicagoPrague $872; LA-Venice $965; Philadelphia-Rome $686; and more
The Catch: Passengers must travel on the same itinerary in order to receive the discount.
Travel By: April 3May 22
Book By: February 23 (a 7-day advance purchase is required)
$382+: Winter Jet Airways Flights to Europe via NYC (Round-Trip)
The Deal: Priceline has posted some rock-bottom rates to Europe via New York City. Fly Indian carrier Jet Airways through March and nab bargain winter fares to Florence, Athens, Copenhagen, and beyond.
Sample Round-Trip Fares from NYC to: Barcelona $382; Berlin $382, Budapest $487; Copenhagen $382; Prague $382; and more
The Catch: You dont have much time to think about booking, as this sale ends Sunday.
Travel By: March 31
Book By: February 15
$419+: Bargain Brussels Fares on US Airways (Round-Trip)
The Deal: Snag fares cheap enough to justify hopping the pond to Brussels in the name of chocolate, beers, and mussels! Discounted fares are available from more than 10 cities.
Sample Round-Trip Fares to Brussels from: NYC $419; Orlando $582; San Francisco $676; Charlotte $613; and more
The Catch: While rates from NYC are steal, fares from other Northeast cities (like DC and Philadelphia) don't offer as much of a discount.
Travel By: April 2
Book By: ASAP (a 7-day advance purchase is required)
$417+: Premium OpenSkies Flights to Amsterdam via NYC (One-Way)
The Deal: Experience the comfort of flying luxury airline OpenSkies with these affordable $417 one-way fares for travel to Amsterdam via NYC. The lavish airline, which is owned and operated by British Airways, offers deluxe features in its PREM class seating, including reclining seats, a personal entertainment system, and more.
Sample One-Way Fares: NYCAmsterdam $417
The Catch: With only 40 seats in this class per flight, sale fares are sure to sell out fast.
Travel By: May 31
Book By: February 28
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