5 Tips for Buying Summer Flights to Europe

Whether you’re looking for a family vacation, romantic trip, or backpacking experience, Europe is tough to beat as a summer destination. The trouble is, airfares can be crazy expensive. In order to help get you there a little more cheaply, we’ve done a  deep analysis of summer air fare patterns to Europe using both 2013 and early 2014 data. Here are some tips we’ve uncovered:

1. Book Early

Unlike most domestic routes where booking too early can be almost as big a mistake as booking too late, the dynamic for summer flights to Europe is different. From 2012 to 2013 we looked at  over 190 million  fares, covering 75 origin cities and 29  destination cities across Europe, Africa, and the Middle East. We analyzed fares for flights departing between June 1 and August 31 booked between one and 320 days in advance. To our surprise, we found that the best time to book was 319 days before departure on average – about ten and a half months in advance! As the graph below shows, fares stayed reasonably flat until about 7 months in advance, but then started climbing. From that point on, they just got higher and higher and really never looked back.

summer-euruope-flights-chart-

2. Be Flexible on Travel Days

Like with all trips, the exact travel dates you pick can make a really big difference. That’s especially true to Europe where the fares are so high that a 5% savings is significant and a 10% drop can be well over $100 per ticket. Saturdays are generally the most expensive days to fly, followed by Friday and Sunday, and then Monday and Thursday. Tuesday and Wednesday are the cheapest. But there are all sorts of anomalies. Some days flights might be more expensive to your destination because there is a big group on board taking up all of the lowest fare seats. So don’t assume that the fare you see for the first set of dates you check is the fare you have to pay. Check as many combinations of dates as you can, you’re likely to see big differences.

3. Consider Alternate Airports

Sometimes the cities that you fly from or to can have a big impact on your fare. On the U.S. side, try to fly from a major city, if you can. You typically pay a premium on Europe flights when you fly out of a small airport. If you live near a small airport but there is a larger airport within driving distance, the drive may be worth it.

At the other end, bear in mind that some cities in Europe tend to be less expensive than others. Where the best deals are vary every year, but we’ve looked at fares found in the last month and here are the average low fares by destination:

City Avg. Low Fare
Dublin $1,183
Brussels $1,340
Madrid $1,353
Milan $1,387
Barcelona $1,410
Budapest $1,425
Manchester $1,431
London $1,447
Paris $1,457
Frankfurt $1,464
Zurich $1,471
Amsterdam $1,513
Rome $1,536
Athens $1,538
Munich $1,546
Venice $1,559

Another point to consider: Europe has some great low cost airlines. If you are going to a particularly expensive city, once in a while you will come out ahead by buying a ticket to a major gateway, like London, and then buying a separate ticket on a European carrier to get to your final destination. These low cost European carriers, that only fly within Europe, are not available on CheapAir.com or most U.S. web sites, so you typically have to go to them directly. Two examples are RyanAir (www.ryanair.com) and Easyjet (www.easyjet.com).

4. Go Early or Go Late

As of now, there is a big difference in prices depending on which part of the summer you travel in. The best fares available are for travel in the later part of August. (September would be even better, but that’s outside of our study.) If late summer doesn’t work for you, very early summer isn’t too bad, either. By very early, we mean the early part of June. Prices are at their peak from about mid-June to mid-August so if you can avoid those that will be great. Of course, we realize that’s the bulk of the summer, so for many of you that won’t be possible.

5. Fly Into One City, Out of Another

If you’re planning to travel to multiple countries, sometimes it makes sense to pick where to begin and end your trip based on the cities with the lowest air fares. Also, keep in mind that you can usually fly into one city and out of another without paying a penalty for doing so – the fare ends up being just an average of the two prices. So if you are planning a trip across Europe where you start in London and end in Rome, don’t feel you need to buy a round trip ticket and then get yourself back to London. You can buy an “open jaw” ticket that goes into London and out of Rome which will save you time and money in the long run.

145 Comments

  1. Help-we are traveling to paris on aug. 6 and then need to fly out of amsterdam around aug. 21. I read on another site that the best time to book is 34 days before the trip. I waited but now prices seem to be high. I also wonder if the Iraq situation will further impact prices. should I just bite the bullet now and book today or wait another week to see if prices drop. I was thinking that fewer people would be flying to PARIS in aug. Any advice would be appreciated based on this point in time. Thank you

    1. Hi Audrey. I’d book now if I were you. Europeans tend to take their holidays in August, but Americans are traveling to Europe all summer. May and June are more expensive than August typically, but not by that much. And we are getting close. I think you are correct to think that the Iraq situation could impact some people’s plans, but in my opinion it’s a pretty big gamble on your part and not something you could take advantage of this week or next. In that situation, if a bunch of folks xxl travel plans, the airlines will likely lower prices right before departure to try and fill seats. Otherwise, if you wait until a week or so before the flight to see if that happens and it doesn’t? You’ll be buying your tickets at a premium.

  2. Hi we r planning to fly to london from india (mumbai) in the last week of april 2015, when should we book our tickets.

    Thanks in advance

    1. Hi Manoj,

      Since you’re not traveling until the end of April 2015, you still have plenty of time to continue to monitor the fares more. I’d suggest booking sometime around or after the New Year. Keep in mind, when you book on CheapAir.com, if the price for the same itinerary goes down any time before your trip, we’ll pay you back the difference in the form of a travel voucher for up to $100 per ticket! Please let us know if you need any help with finding flights.

  3. We are 6 adults and want to fly to Europe (MUC) in May 2 2015 and back May 17 2015. The airports available for us to fly from are DTW and YYZ. Is it cheaper to fly back from Rome instead on going back to MUC. When is the best time to book for the flight.
    Thank you

    1. Hi Raul,

      Since you’re looking for 6 seats going to Europe in May 2015, I’d recommend booking earlier than usual. In checking the fares, it appears Toronto is way cheaper than flying from Detroit. In fact, I’d suggest booking them now if you can since the price is so low. To view flight schedules and book, you can use this link: http://bit.ly/1uuYKTh Keep in mind, when you book on CheapAir.com, if the price for the same itinerary goes down any time before your trip, we’ll pay you back the difference in the form of a travel voucher for up to $100 per ticket! Please let us know if you need any help with finding flights.

    1. Hi Miranda,

      For your flights in June 2015, booking early would be the best option. Currently, fares are starting at around $1400 per person, not including any baggage fees. I’d suggest to periodically check the pricing for your flights to see how the fares are fluctuating. The summer is a peak time for traveling to Europe so ultimately it would be wise to book by the New Year or earlier. Keep in mind, when you book on CheapAir.com, if the price for the same itinerary goes down any time before your trip, we’ll pay you back the difference in the form of a travel voucher for up to $100 per ticket! Please let us know if you need any help with finding flights.

  4. We (2 adults, 2 kids 15 and 12 YO) are planning a three-week trip to Europe in early June 2015. We will be flying from SFO and visiting 3 cities in any order that makes the most economic sense, flight-wise – London, Paris and Amsterdam. Checking RT (vs. open jaw, which would be easier) fares seem to hover at about $1800. Can I expect this price to remain the same, and if so, any advice on maximizing our dollar in getting flights? (Getting between cities we will be taking the train or possibly driving.) (Note: we are not interested in flying Aer Lingus or Turkish, which have great fares but get fairly consistently low ratings for long-haul flights).

    Thanks!

    1. Hi Monique,

      Sounds like a great summer trip you have planned. For flights to Europe during the peak summer season, booking early is the best option. We’ve found that fares steadily continue to get more expensive the longer you wait, so booking sooner than later is a wise option. With that said, booking a round-trip or open jaw is entirely up to you and how you want travel. I’d try pricing out the round-trip fares from SFO to each of your cities to see which is cheapest and then add in the train costs, etc… and compare that versus an open jaw. Ultimately, booking earlier than later is the way to go. Especially since you’re limiting the airlines you want to travel on, which limits your options even more. Keep in mind, when you book on CheapAir.com, if the price for the same itinerary goes down any time before your trip, we’ll pay you back the difference in the form of a travel voucher for up to $100 per ticket! Please let us know if you need any help with finding flights.

  5. I am visiting Athens in late June, 2015 for 2 weeks. I’ve been following airfares and they seem to stay around the $1300-1500 range. Can you tell me if these fares will be lower if I wait until January, 2015 to purchase?

    1. Hi Elizabeth,

      That can depend on where you’re departing from. Without knowing where you are departing from, its difficult to advise you. Since you’ll be traveling internationally to Athens in June during the peak summer season, it would be wise to book before the New Year to be safe. Keep in mind, when you book on CheapAir.com, if the price for the same itinerary goes down any time before your trip, we’ll pay you back the difference in the form of a travel voucher for up to $100 per ticket! Please let us know if you need any help with finding flights.

  6. Hi, I live in the Chicago metro area (O’hare being our closest airport) I want to book a flight to Munich in May of 2015- 2 Adults & 2kids. What is the cheapest route/ days (2 weeks and days are flexible) from Chicago. Munich is the final destination but I would not be apposed to flying into other European airports and traveling into Munich. Any Help would be appreciated.

    1. Hi Cary,

      Being that you’re pretty flexible with your routing and dates, I would encourage you to try using the CheapAir MapSearch. By exploring flights using a map of the United States, you can see the cost of multiple flights from your city to several destinations. (This is a great way to see what routes are cheaper.) To simplify and streamline map search even more, choose your origin, travel date and the quantity of days you’ll be traveling. The map search will instantly populate flights and fares by price from the airport and city you’re departing from, allowing you to explore a customized list of cheap airline tickets.

      Keep in mind, when you purchase flights with CheapAir if the price for the same itinerary goes down any time before your trip, we’ll pay you back the difference in the form of a travel voucher for up to $100 per ticket! Please let us know if you need any help with finding flights.

    1. Hi Angela,

      For your route, you still have plenty of time to continue to monitor the fares. Flights for this route can go under $200, so I’d aim for as close to that number as you can get. Ultimately, booking earlier isn’t a bad idea since you’ll get the pick of the flight times and airlines, especially if you’re concerned about specific flights times or airlines. Otherwise, I’d suggest having your flights for June booking at least 10 weeks prior to your departure or more. Keep in mind, when you purchase flights with CheapAir if the price for the same itinerary goes down any time before your trip, we’ll pay you back the difference in the form of a travel voucher for up to $100 per ticket! Please let us know if you need any help with finding flights.

  7. Looking for flights from JFK to CDG or ORY in mid -May, for 4 people. I’ve been monitoring prices practically every day and they are going up by a few dollars, (now around $1200 non stop). Should I wait until after the New Year to book? I’ve done these dates many times in the past and have usually booked around February.

    1. Hi Nancy,

      In checking the fares, it does appear flights earlier in May are cheaper than later in May. I’d suggest keeping an eye on the fares a little longer. Since you’re only looking for non-stop flights, that does limit your options so you may want to book earlier than you did last year. To view flight schedules and book, you can use this link: http://bit.ly/1FklUlm Keep in mind, when you purchase flights with CheapAir if the price for the same itinerary goes down any time before your trip, we’ll pay you back the difference in the form of a travel voucher for up to $100 per ticket! Please let us know if you need any help with finding flights.

  8. Hi, looking to go to Italy in summer 2015. Had looked at not flying through Rome as looks much more expensive than alternatives (eg Milan) vs multi-leg flight path. Would you suggest booking at this point if we see a desirable fair? So far it has not looked like there is too much of a difference between late June/July vs August. Any suggestions? Thanks.

    1. Hi Andy,

      When traveling to Europe for the summer, it is always a good idea to book earlier than later. Summer in Europe is a peak time, so flights will cost more during this time. I’d suggest having your flights booked by February to be safe. Keep in mind, when you purchase flights with CheapAir if the price for the same itinerary goes down any time before your trip, we’ll pay you back the difference in the form of a travel voucher for up to $100 per ticket! Please let us know if you need any help with finding flights.

  9. Hi,
    My friend and I are going to Europe in early June from Chicago IL. Possibly June 10th or 11th. We have booked a tour (does not include flight) for June 15-27 that starts in London and ends in London. we want to buy round trip tickets in late January, do you think the price difference from buying at that time will be high? Also, would it be cheaper to fly to New York and then London? I’ve noticed that flights from New York are cheaper.

    1. Hi Jarely,

      Being that Europe is very popular during the summer time, I’d recommend booking your flights sooner than later. Another factor is that you’re not flexible with your dates due to the tour, so this limits your flight options. It’s best to book the flights you want now versus paying more for flights you don’t want later. Fares from NYC are cheaper than Chicago, but when you factor in the Chicago to NYC flights, its about the same. Probably best to book from Chicago on one ticket versus splitting it up since you’ll have to recheck your bags and pay more potential fees for luggage. To view flight schedules and book, you can use this link: http://bit.ly/15PiHhc Keep in mind, when you purchase flights with CheapAir if the price for the same itinerary goes down any time before your trip, we’ll pay you back the difference in the form of a travel voucher for up to $100 per ticket! Please let us know if you need any help with finding flights.

    1. Hi Mina,

      Being that Europe is very popular during the summer time, I’d recommend booking your flights sooner than later. I’d be sure to have your flights booked by March at the latest to be safe. It’s best to book the flights you want earlier versus paying more for flights you don’t want later. Keep in mind, when you purchase flights with CheapAir if the price for the same itinerary goes down any time before your trip, we’ll pay you back the difference in the form of a travel voucher for up to $100 per ticket! Please let us know if you need any help with finding flights.

    1. Hi Michelle,

      I’d recommend using our Map Search: http://bit.ly/1zfNOhJ (This will allow you to enter your home city of Salt Lake City and see a map of the world with destinations and the cheapest fares to those destinations. From there, you can select Rome and view a calendar of dates showing you the cheapest dates flights are available on. Since the summer is a peak season for Europe, I’d encourage you to be flexible with your dates and book early. Keep in mind, when you purchase flights with CheapAir if the price for the same itinerary goes down any time before your trip, we’ll pay you back the difference in the form of a travel voucher for up to $100 per ticket! Please let us know if you need any help with finding flights.

  10. I live in Oklahoma City. Taking a cruise out of Venice on 6/27/14. After the cruise I want to knock around Italy for another 10 days. Prices all seem to be around $1800.
    Any suggestions for a cheaper fare? Are there any charter flights that run say between Dallas or New York City and London or Rome?

    1. Hi Gary,

      Summer is the peak season for Europe, so fares will be high. I’d definitely recommend booking early since flights will get more expensive. The more flexible you can be on your return the date, the better. Some tips would be trying alternate airports in Italy to return home from. Also, returning home mid-week versus a Friday or weekend can save you some money as well. Chartering a flight would be more expensive, but it is possible if you have the money. Unfortunately we don’t book charter flights, but are happy to help you book a commercial flight. Keep in mind, when you purchase flights with CheapAir if the price for the same itinerary goes down any time before your trip, we’ll pay you back the difference in the form of a travel voucher for up to $100 per ticket! Please let us know if you need any help with finding flights.

  11. Hi
    I’m planning a trip to Europe (landing in London- friend in Nottingham) for next year for my family consisting of 3 adults, a 3yr-old and an 18-mon old. Our dates are flexible, we would like to go when tickets are not too expensive and weather not too cold either. departing from Harlingen, tx (HRL). We would like to visit as many countries around having 12-14 days. please advice as to when is best time to bur tickets and most economical overall. thank you in advance for your assistance.

    1. Hi Luv,

      Since you’re flexible, you’ll want to go during the low season (January and February). That is when the fares are the cheapest, but the weather is cold. I’d recommend booking now for any dates in the summer. Europe is very popular during the warmer summer months. Traveling during the shoulder season (March to May & September – November). Currently fares for summer are low too depending on your dates. Midweek days are cheaper. You’ll want to aim for about $1400 or less. Keep in mind, when you purchase flights with CheapAir if the price for the same itinerary goes down any time before your trip, we’ll pay you back the difference in the form of a travel voucher for up to $100 per ticket! Please let us know if you need any help with finding flights.

  12. Looking to go to Paris from NYC in late june for 5-6 days when do you recommend I book? should I consider Orly airport is this much cheaper?
    thanks Jackie

    1. Hi Jackie, it’s not too early to be researching flights. We typically recommend around 5 months out for booking to Europe. Orly is much closer to Paris than Charles De Gaulle, but is not as easy logistically to get into Paris (public transport is more plentiful and cheaper from CDG). If you;re just spending time in Paris, we recommend CDG unless pricing to Orly is a steal. The only other time I would preference Orly over CDG would be if you were planning to fly to another European city. The low cost carriers in Europe sometimes have better connections/prices through Orly rather than CDG for flights. Hope this helps!

  13. Hello – we are planning a trip to Europe for July 2015. We will be departing from the Washington DC metro area and are open to destinations. Are there particular US-Europe routes that are less expensive than others? Our priority is to have a relaxing time in Europe regardless of where we end up. Thanks!

    1. Hi Blanche,

      Being that you are flexible with your destinations in Europe, I would recommend using the CheapAir MapSearch. Just enter your home airport of Washington DC and you’ll see a map of destinations world-wide and the cheapest fares to those destinations. As for the cheapest routes, usually NYC, Boston, and Washington DC are the cheapest U.S. airports to Europe. In Europe, it can vary on your exact dates, but Copenhagen, Rome, and Madrid are good options. Since you sound very flexible, you can continue monitor the fares and try different routes to see what appeals most to you. I would recommend buying your flights when you find the flights you like and want since Europe in the summer is the peak season, so don’t delay your purchase too long. Keep in mind, when you purchase flights with CheapAir if the price for the same itinerary goes down any time before your trip, we’ll pay you back the difference in the form of a travel voucher for up to $100 per ticket! Please let us know if you need any help with finding flights.

  14. Hi,

    My girlfriend and I are looking into a Chicago to Barcelona trip this coming summer, with plans to arrive around June 13-16 (maybe earlier) and leave around July 8-14. The best prices we’re seeing right now are around the $1200 range via Aer Dublin, a little less if we’re lucky. We’ve got three questions:

    1. Is the $1200 range a good deal?
    2. Should we snatch up these tickets now or watch prices for a month or two to see if they drop?
    3. If we left sooner in June, would it make a significant ($100+) difference in price?

    Thanks!

    1. Hi Caleb,

      To answer your questions:

      1. $1200 isn’t a bad price to pay, especially considering that you’re looking to traveling during the peak summer months.
      2. I’d recommend that if you find flights you like at a price you feel comfortable with, buy them! Fares are likely to get more expensive as we get closer to the peak summer months, so getting the flights you want now is a smart option.
      3. It’s not likely to make much of a difference, but a few days here (example June 10 – July 6) and there that could save you $100+.

      Keep in mind, when you purchase flights with CheapAir if the price for the same itinerary goes down any time before your trip, we’ll pay you back the difference in the form of a travel voucher for up to $100 per ticket! Please let us know if you need any help with finding flights.

  15. My fiance and I are planning a trip to Europe leaving from either Regina or Winnipeg, Canada on August 7 to London (Heathrow).
    Then from Paris (Charles de Gaulle) back to either Regina or Winnipeg on August 27.

    I have read that the best time to book is 5 months in advance, others say 5 weeks and others say 34 days (but I think that is from US).
    Currently the prices are $2,500 for 2. In December there was a week that it was $2,050 for 2. Will it go back down to this price or when is the best time to book?

    Thank you.

    1. Hi Stephanie,

      Being that Europe in the summer months is considered peak season, I would strongly recommend booking your flights sooner than later. In checking the pricing, the fares look similar in cost from either Winnipeg or Regina, so I’d suggest going with whichever itinerary you prefer best and booking it now. The flights with the better flight times and shortest layovers will be popular and probably only increase in cost. Keep in mind, when you purchase flights with CheapAir if the price for the same itinerary goes down any time before your trip, we’ll pay you back the difference in the form of a travel voucher for up to $100 per ticket! Please let us know if you need any help with finding flights.

  16. Hello,

    I am heading to London in July 2015. Never been to Europe and not familiar with booking times/etc. I have to be in town a little before July 4th and leave before July 10th. So my dates are flexible but it will be about 7 day trip. So June 30-July 7th or July 2-9th.

    Can you help and tell me if i should wait to book? I found a flight for just under $1,000 but I am not sure if it will dip a little more around March.

    Thank you so much!!

    1. Hi Darren,

      Where are you departing from? (It’s difficult to say if that’s a good price or if the prices will drop any without knowing where you are departing from.) Generally speaking, for flights to Europe during the peak summer months and since you’re traveling near the busy July 4th holiday, you should bsolutely book sooner than later. Keep in mind, when you purchase flights with CheapAir if the price for the same itinerary goes down any time before your trip, we’ll pay you back the difference in the form of a travel voucher for up to $100 per ticket! Please let us know if you need any help with finding flights.

  17. Hi, July 2015 Athens, Greece flights from NY are around ~1400. Is it a good price for the peak season or should I wait? I am not too flexible with the dates. Thanks.

    1. Hi Viks,

      For flights from NYC to Athens, Greece, you’ll want to book sooner than later. The summer is the peak season for Europe and since you’re not too flexible with your dates, you’ll want to lock in your flights as soon as you can. In checking the fares, we’re finding flights starting from about $1000 and up. Prices will vary depending on your exact dates and flights, but I’d aim for as close to that $1000 mark as you can find. Keep in mind, when you purchase flights with CheapAir if the price for the same itinerary goes down any time before your trip, we’ll pay you back the difference in the form of a travel voucher for up to $100 per ticket! Please let us know if you need any help with finding flights.

  18. Hi, I want to go for a Euro trip from New Delhi, India during the summers, any time between May and September for around 15 days. This will be my first trip abroad(apart from office work) and I want to make the best use of my time there.
    I want to see a lot of places and I am totally clueless as of now. I am a solo female traveler hence want to be safe at the same time. Also I am looking for an extremely budget trip so any help from you on how to get started will be great! If traveling western europe will be expensive, I can cover eastern europe also and plan western europe next time. It would be great if you could get me started on planning my trip and booking cheap airfares.

    Thanks!

    1. Hi Chhavi,

      Your best airport options in Europe would be either Paris, Barcelona, Berlin, Warsaw, and Istanbul. Round trip fares to these destinations from New Delhi are starting at around $600 for the summer months. We assist in finding the cheapest flights and hotels available, so we would not be able to help you plan your trip day to day… but we can assist you with finding flights and hotels. I’d suggest figuring out which one of these destinations appeals most to you and then you can decide where from there you’d like to go. Once you know where, we can absolutely help you with finding the cheapest flights. Keep in mind, when you purchase flights with CheapAir if the price for the same itinerary goes down any time before your trip, we’ll pay you back the difference in the form of a travel voucher for up to $100 per ticket! Please let us know if you need any help with finding flights.

  19. Hi. I am planning to travel to Europe (Ams) from Malaysia and return from Heathrow (LHR) at the end of July 2016. Mind sharing with me some advice on how to obtain the cheapest airfares? Any student fares or etc? I am 21 as of this year.

    Thanks in advance!

    1. Hi Melvin,

      Unfortunately we don’t offer student airfares. For your flights, I would suggest checking the fares early and often… once they become available. Airlines will only release flight schedules 330 days out from the current date, so you can’t view flights for July 2016 until September 2015. If you’re totally flexible with your dates, I would encourage you to check mid-week flights which are less popular and often cheaper than Friday and Sunday. Since travel to Europe in the summer can be expensive, you can try going during the shoulder season or off season when there are less crowds and costs are cheaper. Ultimately, be ready to buy when you find the flights you like at a price you like. If there’s a great sale, it’s not likely the fares will remain the low for a while. Keep in mind, when you purchase flights with CheapAir if the price for the same itinerary goes down any time before your trip, we’ll pay you back the difference in the form of a travel voucher for up to $100 per ticket! Please let us know if you need any help with finding flights.

  20. Needing to book our family of fours tickets from NYC to Shannon, Ireland at the end of June should I wait? seems like I missed some window? Aer Lingus showed deals but through June 15th to early for us.

    1. Hi Elaine,

      Fares to Ireland are more expensive during the warmer summer months. Due to this, I would recommend booking earlier than later. Especially since you’re looking for 4 seats. Keep in mind, the more flexible you are with your dates, airports, and flight times, the better your odds of getting cheaper fares. To view flight schedules and book, you can use this link: http://bit.ly/1zegkhQ Remember, when you purchase flights with CheapAir if the price for the same itinerary goes down any time before your trip, we’ll pay you back the difference in the form of a travel voucher for up to $100 per ticket! Please let us know if you need any help with finding flights.

  21. Hi! We’re having our destination wedding in Mallorca, Spain, in the second half of September 2015. My guests will be flying to Palma de Mallorca from 4 different parts of the world: New York, Bogota (Colombia), Helsinki (Finland) and Sofia (Bulgaria). When should I tell everyone to buy their tickets? Thank you!!

    1. Hi Maria,

      Congrats on the wedding! Since it’s a very special occasion and the dates are not flexible, you should inform your guests to book their flights as soon as possible… especially if traveling internationally. Keep in mind, when you purchase flights with CheapAir if the price for the same itinerary goes down any time before your trip, we’ll pay you back the difference in the form of a travel voucher for up to $100 per ticket! Please let us know if you need any help with finding flights.

  22. Hello. My 17 year-old daughter and I plan on backpacking through Europe next summer (2016). This will be the first time we have been to Europe. I know we want to return out of London, but we are not certain what would be the best city to fly into Europe? Ideally I would like to find the cheapest fare. Also, when is the soonest I can purchase the tickets if we are planning to leave around June 21, 2016?

    1. Hi Nancy. The good news is that you have lots of time to decide. Take a look at our recent post on when to buy tickets to Europe (the short answer is 276 days ON AVERAGE): http://bit.ly/1BS9vXE. As for which city is going to get you the best fare, it depends a bit on a number of factors. To begin with, what city are you going to be departing from? In general, the cheapest flights to Europe depart from the NYC area. You can regularly score very reasonable deals if you’re diligent about searching, especially this early.

  23. My husband and I are planning on flying into Venice from the SJC on 8/30/15 and returning from Milan to SJC on 9/19/15. How far in advance should we book our flights?

    Thanks!

    1. Hi Kacey, Thanks for reaching out. You’re looking at around 276 days as optimal for booking flights to Europe. You can read our latest post about it here: http://bit.ly/1BS9vXE. Of course, this is just a guideline rather than a rule – but I guess the best advice we can give for your itinerary is to start seriously shopping right now! The Euro is at the most favorable exchange rate to the dollar than it’s been in nearly a decade. Hope this helps and let us know if we can help in any other way.

  24. Any more details on Middle East destinations, namely from LAX to Dubai or Abu Dhabi? Looking to get there in July for about three weeks (HOT and also the end of Ramadan), and a one stop is $1,200-1,500, non stop is $1,800-$2,000. Surprisingly, the same flights just two months from now–April/May–are as low as $1,100 for the non stop! I was thinking summer Middle East flights would be cheaper, but is there something about summer vs other seasons (e.g., everyone is getting out of there)? Leaning toward waiting and watching fares for now.

    1. Hi Joe, based on airfare data from last year, we actually found you get the best rates to the Middle East from the States on average around 213 days from travel: http://bit.ly/1BS9vXE. We are already much closer to your travel dates but your own research seems to suggest waiting a bit longer on that particular route might not be a bad idea. Just keep a close eye on fare trends – it is not typical for fares to drop this close to travel. It’s hard to say – pricing is a complicated cocktail based on a particular itinerary’s demand, extenuating circumstances like holidays, and the number of flights that service a particular route. It looks like you may also expect many businesses to have truncated hours during Ramadan in Dubai. Please let us know if we can answer any other questions for you.

  25. NEED cheap fair to Madrid for 3 any 8 to 10 day stretch between April 1 and April 14. School on 15th.
    Please let me know! We are open to fly in and out of any other airport…just need to leave from LAX and meet our daughter studying in Madrid somewhere easy for her to get. Lisbon?
    THANKS for any help you can give!

    1. Hi Lauri, At the moment, the best fares are to Madrid. If you fly earlier in the month, you can get to Madrid for right around $850/ticket. Barcelona is a bit more and Lisbon is actually the most expensive ($1,200+ per ticket).

      You might also consider flying to London (tickets are under $800 for some itineraries right now) and then purchasing a ticket onward from London via either RyanAir or EasyJet to a gateway TBD. Sometimes the flights on these low cost carriers are a huge steal. Hope this helps! Please let us know if we can assist further.

  26. Hello!
    I am planning a trip to Europe for different cities. I haven’t set a date but it will be around July 14 returning around August 12. What airline and city do you recommend for a lower price on the flight? do you think I am to late already?
    thank you for your help

    1. Hi Tamy, it’s hard to offer specific advice without knowing the cities you plan to visit. One strategy might be to book a flight from San Juan to the most inexpensive city you want to visit. It will take a bit of time and energy but the best way to determine the city best for you to fly into is going to be to start watching the fares now. If you see a trend start to develop where the flight prices start going up, that is usually the best time to buy. Sometimes people get in trouble because once those fares start to rise, they wait too long in hopes that the trend will reverse itself. It usually does not. Please let us know if you have questions regarding specific cities – maybe we can give you a bit more help.

  27. Hi my friend and I are taking a group tour in Italy the first two weeks of November, but we decided to fly in separately from the rest of the group because we want to stay a few extra days after the tour. The tour starts in venice and end in Rome. The group is flying in on Monday November 2nd, and the tour begins the next day. Which day should we travel and when should we bok our flight?! We didn’t want to go too early because we are spending more time in the south after the tour. But I was afraid that if we tried to also fly on on Monday and the flight was delayed we would miss the start of the tour! (Flying out from MSP) Any advice would be great 🙂 thanks!

    1. Hi Michelle, All good concerns/questions. You should definitely give yourself a bit of a buffer on arrival time so you can be sure to be on time for the start of the tour. That’s up to you though., Some of us like to allow just a few hours to get acclimated before a tour starts, which other people really want to get in a day early (don’t forget that flying is tiring and you could be jet lagged). Coming in a full day prior to the tour kicking off is pretty conservative, but pretty much guarantees you’ll be on time and be well rested. As for when to buy, it’s hard to say precisely. You’re not flying during high season, so the prices are going to be better to start. Here’s a recent post we did that tries to help with the age-old question “when should I buy my ticket”: http://bit.ly/1BS9vXE. We are recommending about 276 days in advance for flights to Europe from North America. You’re already under that number of days from travel. It’s possible that buying now is going to give you the best price. If you haven’t already starting monitoring fares, I recommend you do and plan to buy when you see the fares begin to climb.If you should decide to book with CheapAir, and the price for the same itinerary goes down any time before your trip, we’ll pay you back the difference in the form of a travel voucher for up to $100 per ticket! It’s called our Price Drop Payback feature. Please let us know if you need any help with finding flights.

  28. My son will be in London early June thru July. We would like to visit and can Leave from multiple airports (Phila, BWI, EWR, JFK) and fly in/out of London or someplace that he could travel to meet us. We can only stay 4-5 days. What would you suggest?

    1. Hi Dore,

      In checking the routing and fares, New York will be the cheapest depending on your exact dates. I’d caution you to depart earlier in June if you can since the fares increase more later in June and into July when summer travel is at its peak. I’d recommend booking now, since Europe can get expensive during the peak summer season. Keep in mind, when you purchase flights with CheapAir if the price for the same itinerary goes down any time before your trip, we’ll pay you back the difference in the form of a travel voucher for up to $100 per ticket! Please let us know if you need any help with finding flights.

  29. Hi – I’m planning a trip to Paris and London in late October. How soon should I look for non-stop flights? I don’t know if it’s too early to book, but so far non-stop from LAX to Paris and London to LAX is running about $1500. Is this a fair price for the off season?

    Thanks!

    1. Hi Ana, It’s actually not too soon for you to start tracking those flights now. You can take a look at our more recent post on the subject – we recommend about 276 days out for flights to Europe: http://bit.ly/1BS9vXE. At the same time, you do have a bit of time to monitor. Since you’re looking for those popular non-stop flights and there are limits to the number of seats at lower price points, you should probably plan on booking sooner rather than later. Hope this helps! Please let us know if we can assist with booking any flights when you get to that point.

  30. Hi,
    I need help asap! I`m going to Croatia at the end of June and coming back to Boston in the middle of August (I know I`m crazy but that`s the only option that works for me). I still haven`t booked the flight because round trip to Zagreb or Split from Boston is crazy expensive! I was thinking flying to Belgrade (Serbia, half the price) and the booking separate flight from Belgrade to Split (my final destination) but I have trouble combining the times so it actually works. I`m so bad at this that I just have no idea what to do. I`m supposed to leave around 25th of June and come back no later than August 17. What do you recommend I do? Any kind of advice is welcome. Oh and I can`t spend more than 1000$ for the tickets :/

    1. Hi Tamara,

      Based on your routing and approximate dates, it looks like Belgrade is much cheaper with flights starting from about $800 and up. (Not including any baggage fees that may apply.) To assist you with scheduling the flight times so everything coordinates, I’d encourage you to speak with one of our Travel Advisors who can review options with you and discuss alternative routes. To speak with a CheapAir Travel Advisor, you can call 1-800-243-2724.

  31. I am studying in Madrid this summer and need to leave Kansas on May 19th. My internship goes through July 19th. Do you recommend I buy a roundtrip ticket? Also, what are the cheapest prices that I can expect to get for a roundtrip flight? I’d like to book this week and I’d like to know what to expect!

    1. Hi Tomara,

      When searching for flights on CheapAir.com, we include both round-trip flight options as well as a mix and match category which is essentially two separate one-ways. Sometimes it can be cheaper to book separate one-ways and our flight search takes that into account. Based on your dates of travel, I would encourage you to book your flights sooner than later since we’re getting close to your departure date in May. Currently, round-trip flights for your dates are starting from $1428 per person, not including any baggage fees that may apply. To view flight schedules and book, you can use this link: http://bit.ly/1bOLeq3 Keep in mind, when you purchase flights with CheapAir if the price for the same itinerary goes down any time before your trip, we’ll pay you back the difference in the form of a travel voucher for up to $100 per ticket! Please let us know if you need any help with finding flights.

  32. Hi, I will be traveling from Orlando to Prague in June. My dates are flexible as long as I get a 21 day vacation. I looked at prices on Monday and they were $200 cheaper than today! I made a mistake by not booking it then and now the price is more than I can afford. Is it possible the price will drop again or is it most likely the price will only go up now? Thank you!

    1. Hi Clara,

      It’s possible that fares could drop being that you’re flexible with your dates, but there not a high likeliness of that happening at this point. Europe is extremely popular during the warmer summer months, so booking earlier than normal is advised. In checking the fares, it looks like the cheapest dates would be earlier in June. Other options are to depart from Miami which is cheaper for some days, or fly into another city in Europe and then take another flight to Prague. For example, Munich is a couple hundred cheaper than Prague on some dates. Ultimately, I would recommend booking now or as soon as you can since we’re getting close to your departure in June. I’d encourage you to try using the CheapAir MapSearch: http://bit.ly/1zfNOhJ which will allow you to enter your home airport of Miami and see destinations worldwide and the cheapest fares to those destinations. If you hover over a destination and click the price, you’ll be shown a calendar with the cheapest dates to fly.

      Keep in mind, when you purchase flights with CheapAir if the price for the same itinerary goes down any time before your trip, we’ll pay you back the difference in the form of a travel voucher for up to $100 per ticket! Please let us know if you need any help with finding flights.

  33. I want to take family of 4 to Paris and then some other city in Europe which I haven’t been to such as Praque or Berlin. I have 2 college kids, which would you recommend and what is the best way to get there and back? Thanks.

    1. Hi John,

      Where are you departing from? Since you sound very flexible with your destination in Europe, I would suggest trying the CheapAir Mapsearch using this link: http://bit.ly/1zfNOhJ which will allow you to enter your home airport and see destinations worldwide and the cheapest fares to those destinations. If you hover over a destination and click the price, you’ll be shown a calendar with the cheapest dates to fly.

      Keep in mind, when you purchase flights with CheapAir if the price for the same itinerary goes down any time before your trip, we’ll pay you back the difference in the form of a travel voucher for up to $100 per ticket! Please let us know if you need any help with finding flights.

  34. Hello! My wife and I are planning a trip to Europe for the week of September 4-12, 2015. We are looking at flights out of SFO to CDG. We found non stop for $1,500 roundtrip per person. Would you consider this a good deal or is it worth looking some more since we are planning on traveling in the shoulder season? We would also like to visit Rome, what would be an average price for a roundtrip from Paris to rome midweek during that same time period?

    1. Hi Josh,

      Based on what you’re finding, I would suggest booking sooner than later. The lowest non-stops we’re finding for that route are at around $1350 during the low season, so if you’re finding $1500 for shoulder, that’s a good price. As for flights from Paris to Rome mid-week, you can expect to pay under $100 if you can depart from Orly (ORY) versus CDG. CDG is about $25 more per person. You can continue to monitor the fares a little longer, but I probably wouldn’t wait too long since you’re looking for non-stop flights which tend to be more desirable. Shop in confidence when you purchase flights with CheapAir. If the price for the same itinerary goes down any time before your trip, we’ll pay you back the difference in the form of a travel voucher for up to $100 per ticket! Please let us know if you need any help with finding flights.

  35. Hi, My granddaughter and I are flying to Manchester England from TLH, How far in advance do you recommend booking, and what are the cheapest flights that you see for June or July. Thanks..

    1. Hi Veronica,

      Based on your routing and approximate dates, you’ll want to book now or as soon as you can. Flights to Europe/England are popular during the warm summer months, so don’t delay. In checking for the cheapest dates, the earlier in June you can go the less expensive it is. The prices increase the further into summer you go. Keep in mind, when you purchase flights with CheapAir if the price for the same itinerary goes down any time before your trip, we’ll pay you back the difference in the form of a travel voucher for up to $100 per ticket! Please let us know if you need any help with finding flights.

  36. Hello,
    My wife and I are planning a trip from Bangalore, India to Western Europe sometime during the 1st or 2nd week of September. I guess Bangalore is not added to the map search yet, so I am unable to compare the fares. However, I have noticed that fares in August are quite a bit cheaper than in September. This is not just for weekend but even weekdays. In fact, it is the same trend throughout the month. We were planning to start from Paris/Amsterdam/Barca and follow a rough route of Prague,Berlin,Budapest,Athens.
    Again, this is a rough schedule. As suggested in your blog, I was trying to find the cheapest location to take a flight.

    Any help regarding this would help. Also, any explanation regarding the higher rates in September as compared to August (the minimum difference here is approx 125$).

    Thanks,
    Sid

    1. Hi Sid,

      Travel to Europe during the summer months is considered peak season for the region. Due to that, I would recommend booking your flights sooner than later. I’d probably suggest starting in Paris since that appears to be the cheapest of the 3 starting cities you mentioned. The cheapest time to travel would actually be late September if you can do that. Otherwise, August is pretty wide open as well and not that much more. The pricing for August is pretty good and the earlier in the month you can go the cheaper you’ll find the flights will be. Definitely would be good to grab your flights soon. Keep in mind, when you purchase flights with CheapAir if the price for the same itinerary goes down any time before your trip, we’ll pay you back the difference in the form of a travel voucher for up to $100 per ticket! Please let us know if you need any help with finding flights.

  37. Hi my family & I are planning a trip to in Europe mid august. We are looking to go to Barcelona, Rome and Venice. Can you give us some advice on which country would be the best to fly to first and also, do you think 10 days would be enough for visiting?

        1. Hi Teri,

          From NYC, flights to Rome appear the cheapest for mid-August. Venice is also comparable, but Rome has more dates available at cheaper rates. As far as length of stay, most flights will arrive the next day in Europe due to the flight times… so I’d take that into account when choosing how many days. Flights within Europe are not that long if flying non-stop too. Ultimately how many days you’ll go for is completely up to you. If you’re just exploring the cities, then I’d suggest at least a few days in each. Europe during the summer is a great time to visit, so I’d even try to stay longer if you can.

  38. Hi cheapair I’m panning to travel from lax to Milan departing dates are from Aug 27- sept 19th and I want to go for 2 weeks? What the best deal?

    1. Hi Diana,

      In checking the fares, it would be best to depart after Sept 1st. We’re finding flights starting from about $890 and up, not including any baggage fees that may apply. (We tried the dates: 9/2 – 9/16) To view flight schedules and book, you can use this link: http://bit.ly/1OUTEOp I’d suggest booking sooner than later since you’re looking to travel internationally. Remember, when you purchase flights with CheapAir if the price for the same itinerary goes down any time before your trip, we’ll pay you back the difference in the form of a travel voucher for up to $100 per ticket! Please let us know if you need any help with finding flights.

  39. Hello

    We are planning to travel from Bangalore to Rome starting from 19th September, 2015 and leaving Brussels to Bangalore on 10th October, 2015. Also, we are traveling from Budapest to Brussels by flight. Please suggest us the best time to book and also, if we need to book the internal Euro journey from Budapest to Brussels along with our International flights. Last month the round trip from Bangalore to Rome and Brussels to Bangalore was Rs. 34,000 and this month its already Rs. 52,000. So please suggest us the best time to book.

    1. Also we are quite flexible with the dates. Since both travels are on the weekend, the prices might be high is what we are thinking.

      1. Hi BP,

        Based on your routing and dates, I’d encourage you to book sooner than later. Especially your Bangalore to Rome and Brussels to Bangalore flights. Your in Europe flights can be booked later, but I’d suggest booking them early as well to avoid the chance of the fares increasing as well. Keep in mind, when you purchase flights with CheapAir if the price for the same itinerary goes down any time before your trip, we’ll pay you back the difference in the form of a travel voucher for up to $100 per ticket! Please let us know if you need any help with finding flights.

  40. We are flexible,need 2 tickets ,one round trip and the other one way to any central city in Europe ,some time in late summer preferable ,if is possible when the summer fares change.

    1. Hi Julio,

      Where are you departing from? If you’re leaving from the U.S., you can try using the CheapAir MapSearch which will show you the cheapest fares from your city to destinations world-wide. This is a great way to search flights when your flexible with your dates and destination. Keep in mind, when you purchase flights with CheapAir if the price for the same itinerary goes down any time before your trip, we’ll pay you back the difference in the form of a travel voucher for up to $100 per ticket! Please let us know if you need any help with finding flights.

  41. We’re family of 3 going to Paris 3/26/15 to 4/2/16. We’ll fly from Seattle. Since this is during Easter week, should we book the flight now?

    1. Hi Julie,

      In checking the fares from Seattle to Paris for your dates, we’re finding fares starting from $961 per person, not including any baggage fees. A good deal for this route would be around or under $1000. While I wouldn’t say you must buy today, I wouldn’t hold off too long. Having flights booked by the new year would be smart, but keep in mind the more specific you are with your flight times and airlines, the early you should book since you’re limiting your options. And remember, when you purchase flights with CheapAir if the price for the same itinerary goes down any time before your trip, we’ll pay you back the difference in the form of a travel voucher for up to $100 per ticket! To view flight schedules and book, you can use this link: http://bit.ly/1FM2IdS Please let us know if you need any help with finding flights.

  42. My friends from Canada (Vancouver) are planning to come in Europe next year. We are going to do a train trip visiting the most famous cities. How and when they should plan their flights to Europe for the cheapest deal? I am pretty sure they want to land in Prague as first city (is it cheaper?) and we are planning to travel during all August of 2016. When should they book their flight?

    1. Hi Guido,

      Since your friends sound very flexible with their dates and routing, I would recommend checking the fares early and often. Flights for August 2016 won’t be available until about the end of September/ early October. Since summer in Europe is considered the peak season, so it would be wise to have flights booked prior to the New Year to be safe. They can either book a multi-city trip or separate one-ways. I’d suggest checking the fares and comparing to see what is cheapest for the days they want. And remember, when you purchase flights with CheapAir if the price for the same itinerary goes down any time before your trip, we’ll pay you back the difference in the form of a travel voucher for up to $100 per ticket! Please let us know if you need any help with finding flights.

  43. My wife and I plan to spend 6 weeks in southern Italy in Sept and Oct, 2015–our dates are flexible, leaving from Cedar Rapids, IA or Moline, IL and arriving in Rome where we’ll stay a few days. Prices seem stuck between $1250 and $1400. Is there any likelihood of a price reduction in the coming weeks or does this seem like the best we can hope for. We’ve considered leaving from Chicago, but our costs to get there and back (and park) seem likely to eat up any savings, and only Turkish Air offers really cheap seats.

    1. Hi Ed,

      Flights from Cedar Rapids will be cheaper. A good deal for your route would be below $1,283, so the flights you’re finding are around what you should expect. Since you’re traveling during the shoulder season, you still have a little time… but keep in mind that it’s not likely those flights will decrease that much. I’d suggest booking within a month to be safe. Keep in mind, when you purchase flights with CheapAir if the price for the same itinerary goes down any time before your trip, we’ll pay you back the difference in the form of a travel voucher for up to $100 per ticket! Please let us know if you need any help with finding flights.

  44. My boyfriend and I are planning a 2 week trip to Paris in June 2016 (starting to save early since we’re both broke college students). It would have to be after June 8th but other than that, our dates are flexible.
    When would be the best time to start looking for the lowest fare, what is the lowest fare we should realistically aim for considering the season, and what would be the cheapest route? We’ll be departing from SFO and are pretty much open to any way for a cheap flight. One plan was to depart from SFO to Stockholm and then from Stockholm to Paris – is booking separate flights that match well with times recommended? Thanks so much!

    1. Hi Aryana,

      I’d suggest checking the fares early and often. Flight schedules will become available 330 days out from the current date, so if you’re aiming for after June 8th, flights won’t become available till around mid August, but even then you’ll want to wait for the return too. A good deal on flights for your routing would be under $1100 per person, not including any baggage fees that may apply. Non-stop flights will be more than flights with stops. Since the summer is peak season, you will want to book early. Being flexible with your dates will help, so I’d aim to fly mid-week versus a Friday or Sunday. Flying into a different city is a good way to save some money, provided the flight times match up for you. The drawbacks are that if your flight schedules are changed by the airline (which can happen), you’d be forced to pay for changes on your other flights. Additionally, you’d have to pay for separate baggage charges… so that can eat into the costs as well depending on the airline’s baggage policy.

      Also keep in mind, when you purchase flights with CheapAir if the price for the same itinerary goes down any time before your trip, we’ll pay you back the difference in the form of a travel voucher for up to $100 per ticket! Please let us know if you need any help with finding flights.

  45. I need to be in Milan on Sept 19. What airlines should I take? I live in Denver?

    Should I book into Rome and then from Rome to Milan. Suzanne Blanchard

    1. Hi Suzanne, If you search on our site at 10.185.58.36, you’ll be given the best airlines given your itinerary. These days, it is best to examine options based on your wants/needs. It might be cheaper to book a less direct route (Rome and then on to Milan), but if it’s only going to save you a few extra bucks, it might not be worth it to you for the extra transit time. If you don’t mind extra wait times/connections for the savings, check out various gateways. Rome is a good one, but it’s also possible that London Heathrow or another entrance onto the continent might give you more significant savings.

  46. We are a family of 06 adults planning to travel from Mumbai to Zurich on Tuesday 19 July 2016 & return on Wed 27 July 2016.

    When is the best time to book cheap economy class tickets with minimum layovers.

    TIA

    1. Hello! It is better to research flights early (especially in your case because you have a family of 6 traveling together). As you may know, airlines typically sell a certain number of seats at one fare. Once that fare has been sold, a more expensive fare will default to you. A full year seems a bit early to begin the research process, but in reality, it’s just good planning on your part. Most of our airfare intelligence is geared toward the US or Canadian traveler, but you may be able to draw some conclusions that apply to other originating countries. We recommend booking about 9 months out on average to Europe – if you start the research process now, you’ll likely want to book by the end of the summer. We also recommend that people monitor the prices and then book when the rate seems good (not rock bottom). There are very rarely situations when just before travel a flight that has not been fully booked might lower their rates, but it’s not a good gamble for a family of 6. (Really, it’s not a great gamble for anyone). Much better to plan ahead and book flights when the fare is reasonable. You also mention minimal layovers which, as you also may know, will be the first tickets to seek out. No one likes lengthy layovers.

  47. Hi I’m looking to travel September 9-26,2015… Miami Barcelona Rome miami….we have never travelled to Europe and were wondering If $882 was too much for the tickets.do you think we should wait or buy now?, or what other cheap entry/departure cities would you recommend for those travel dates? Our tentative schedule is Barcelona, Paris, Venice, Florence, Rome, and maybe santorini…please help thanks

    1. Hi Vane,

      $882 isn’t a bad price at all for a multi-city trip like you mentioned. In fact, I would suggest booking it sooner than later. In checking the fares, Barcelona does appear to be the cheapest entry point. If you can be flexible with your dates, its possible you can find cheaper though, but based on your tentative schedule, arriving into Barcelona would be more efficient. Keep in mind, when you purchase flights with CheapAir if the price for the same itinerary goes down any time before your trip, we’ll pay you back the difference in the form of a travel voucher for up to $100 per ticket! Please let us know if you need any help with finding flights.

  48. one more thing, what are the travel vouchers good for? the ones you offer if the price goes down anytime before our trip? do you have the rules for this? thanks!

    1. Hi Marien,

      Flight schedules are only released 330 days out from the current date. So flights for July 2016 won’t become available until about September 2015. And even then, some airlines like Southwest don’t even schedule flights out that long. They will only go like 9 months out. For Price Drop Payback terms and conditions, you can use this link: http://bit.ly/1HbxtNj Please let us know if you have any questions.

  49. Hi Guys! I think your blurb is very informative (and by the way love Geeks!). I am in Perth Western Australia and want to fly to Munich return in July 2016. Departure approximately around the 4th July 2016 and returning to Perth approximately 3 weeks later. I would rather go via Singpore with only the one stopover. Have just been finding out can not book at present so…….. Please can you advise about when to start looking and recommend which airlines to look with. Many Thanks. Julie

    1. Hi Julie,

      Airlines only release flight schedules 330 days out from the current date, so I would recommend starting to check the fares early once they become available in September 2015. Airlines I would recommend are Qatar Airways, Etihad Airways, and Lufthansa. For fares, I’d aim for fares under $1400 if you can find them. I’d also suggest booking early since summer in Europe is a peak season. Plus, when you purchase flights with CheapAir if the price for the same itinerary goes down any time before your trip, we’ll pay you back the difference in the form of a travel voucher for up to $100 per ticket! Please let us know if you need any help with finding flights.

  50. I need to find a round trip flight from Sept. 10, 2015 to June 15, 2016 (Chicago, IL to Madrid, Spain). However, they only have round trip flights until June 9, 2016. I have a teaching obligation..so I cannot leave Spain until June 15, 2016. Is there anyway I can book a round trip flight that will cover 6 more days?

    1. Hi Kay,

      Airlines only release flight schedules 330 days out from the current date, so in order to see flights up to June 9, 2016 you’d have to wait a week. Once flights are available, you can book. Keep in mind, when you purchase flights with CheapAir if the price for the same itinerary goes down any time before your trip, we’ll pay you back the difference in the form of a travel voucher for up to $100 per ticket! Please let us know if you need any help with finding flights.

  51. Hi, I’m planning a two-week trip to Italy for 3 adults from Toronto in early May 2016. I did some research and found that it’s cheaper to get a round trip ticket to Paris then fly to and back from Milan/Rome. I think we’ll stay in Paris for a few days in that case as well. When do you think we should book our tickets to get the cheapest options? Thanks for the help!

    1. Hi Tanya,

      For international flights, it’s best to check fares often and early to get a good sense of the costs. May is right before the peak summer season, so I would recommend having your flights booked by the new year to be safe. Plus, the earlier you book, the more options you have with flight schedules and seating, if that matters to you. Keep in mind, when you purchase flights with CheapAir if the price for the same itinerary goes down any time before your trip, we’ll pay you back the difference in the form of a travel voucher for up to $100 per ticket! Please let us know if you need any help with finding flights.

  52. Hello, I am travelling to England on Sept 9 – 24 2015 landed in Gatwick when is the best time to book my ticket to get a cheap price.

    1. Hi Andria, You are already very close to your travel date. Don’t delay. In fact, I would recommend buying as soon as you get this message. The likelihood of any fares going to London getting cheaper is very low. Good luck to you!

  53. We have 4 adults that are planning a trip to Europe leaving on June 4th and returning June 19th. We will be visiting Berlin, Frankfurt, Paris, Zurich and Salzburg, and could structure our trip around any of those cities as our destination airport. We live in Salt Lake City, but could drive to Los Angeles if it really saved a lot of money. I’m finding cheap flights out of LA ($900), but they take about 30 hours and go through Moscow. Is it too early for me to be trying to find tickets? I see a direct flight SLC to PAR for $1600 right now — does the data support that getting cheaper as we get closer?

    1. Hi Rob, Ok, lots to digest. Of the cities you mention, I think Paris will likely get you the best fare from SLC, but I would also try piecing together the itinerary through New York (cheapest fares to Europe are found from NYC). You’re using the right approach in searching early and often. I don’t think you should have to drive to Los Angeles to save money – if you’re watching fares already you should be able to get a good price from SLC. Aim for getting serious around 8 months out from your travel date – last minute sales to Europe in the summer are not likely to appear. Around the holidays, airlines will start to advertise their sale fares for spring and summer 2016. That’s when you should be ready to buy.

  54. Hello, we plan to travel to Prague (from Washington DC) on 3/18/2016 (after 6:00pm) or 3/19/2016 – 3/26/2016 or 3/27/2016. Would you please let me know when is the best time to book my ticket to get a cheap price. Thanks!

    1. Hi Jane, We generally recommend purchasing tickets to Europe about 9 months out to get the best fare. So, you’re right on schedule! We always suggest trying to get a “good” deal rather than the lowest possible fare. Holding out for the “best” fare can backfire – the days when airlines drop prices closer to travel are really mostly a thing of the past. The number of planes/routes/available seats is a pretty exact science – if you’re aiming for a good value – you should buy sooner versus later. Keep in mind that flexibility across the board will usually get you some savings – can you fly during the week rather than on the weekend, can you mix up your air carriers, do you need non stops or can you take connecting flight? Are those flight times you mention flexible at all? Sometimes looking at a few different itineraries can save you additional money. Good luck to you.

  55. hi, my husband and I are planning a trip to the UK in June 2016. We will spend most of our time in Scotland and end it in London. We will be traveling by car while there. Where are the best airports for the money to fly into and out of. I was thinking of flying into Glasgow and out of London. When should I book and which airlines do you recommend? Many thanks.

    1. Hi Barbara, I’m not sure what city you are flying FROM, but for the sake of my answer, I’ll assume it is a U.S. or Canadian city. Our data and expertise is focused on the North American traveler. We recommend purchasing tickets to Europe about 9 months out to get the best fare. So, you’re right on schedule! We always suggest trying to get a “good” deal rather than the lowest possible fare. Holding out for the “best” fare can backfire – the days when airlines drop prices closer to travel are really mostly a thing of the past. The number of planes/routes/available seats is a pretty exact science – if you’re aiming for a good value – you should buy sooner versus later. Keep in mind that flexibility across the board will usually get you some savings – can you fly during the week rather than on the weekend, can you mix up your air carriers, do you need non stops or can you take connecting flights? It may be to your benefit that you have some flexibility built into your plans (multiple cities). Sometimes looking at a few different itineraries can save you additional money. Good luck to you!

  56. Hi- Planning to fly from SFO to Paris, travel across Spain and Portugal and leave from Lisbon back home. When is the best time to buy? I can’t help but think it’s too early now. Thanks!

  57. Hi! I’m studying in Spain currently but plan on traveling to London, Paris, Prague, and Rome in mid December (trip would start Dec. 6, and end on Dec. 19). Should I be buying as soon as possible, or is there a certain day of the week that is best for purchasing? Also, I won’t have access to Internet for the next 2 or 3 days; will prices rise significantly within that span?

    1. Hi Jonathan – buy your ticket as soon as possible. There is no “best day” to buy. Just don’t wait. This close to your proposed travel dates, the fares will surely continue to rise. And yes, it is quite possible that the prices might go up in just a day or two.

  58. I was planning to visit spain for the running of the bulls but am having a hard time choosing which cities to fly in and out of to the northern region.

    1. Hi Guitar Goddness. You can fly to Pamplona from either Madrid or Barcelona and then buy a separate airline ticket to Pamplona (you can’t take an international flight into Pamplona). However, it’s pretty expensive to do that. The train will take longer, but might be a nice way to see a bit of the countryside.

  59. Hi, my husband and I are planning a trip from Kuwait to europe (amsterdam, paris, cannes, barcel, madrid,lisbon) on 2 sept 2016. We plan on flying in and out of Amsterdam and then taking local trains/flights around. can you advise the best time to book our ticket Kuwait-Amsterdam-Kuwait? Fares are high on turkish airlines etc at the moment. we are wondering if there will be a dip in prices soon?

    1. Hi Shirley, It’s hard to say for sure.Most of our data is based on flights that originate in North America and Canada (we’re based in the U.S.) so I don’t want to mislead you about the best time to buy. But one general rule that we tell everyone who has this question is to research flights early and often. If you see flight prices start to climb, this is an indicator that it is a good time to buy. Once the airline sells the limited number of seats at a certain price point, they bump prices to the next level (and so on). An incremental increase in flight cost generally will indicate that the flight is selling, and that prices will not subsequently go down. The opposite scenario is also important. If you watch flights for 4 weeks with no movement in price and then all of a sudden the fares go down? That means it is time to buy. The flight was likely not selling at the previous fare so the airline put it on “sale.” The one caveat if you find yourself in this situation – do not wait. There are likely dozens if not hundreds of people in your situation and some of them will take advantage of the low fare. It will not last. One final caveat – if you see a good itinerary (good connections or nonstop) at a good price, hop on it as well. Nonstops are a premium. The longer you wait to buy, the less availability for those good trips. So you might save money by waiting, but you could also get stuck with a much less desirable itinerary. I know that Turkish Air had some good fares from the US to Europe a few weeks back, so it might be a good idea to watch them. Perhaps another sale will come up. Also, since you are planning to fly around it might be worth testing other entry points to Europe. Perhaps there are other cities that will offer a better value. I hope this helps! Good luck to you.

  60. Hi,

    i am planning a europe trip along with a friend from atlanta. when would be the best time to fly out? we are thinkg may 1st week. Also, we are planning to fly to lisbon and fly out of portugal but prices seem way to expensive. Any suggestions about what airport to choose? we plan to see, france, spain, portugal and maybe belgium or italy.

    1. Hi Dabeet, We recommend booking flights to Europe about 9 months out for the best airfares so please get started looking soon! If I were you, i would look into any major city to fly into that you plan to visit. ATL to Paris, ATL to Barcelona or Madrid, etc. Oftentimes the cities with the most visitors offer the best fares. Check RT and one-way. It’s not always less expensive to fly round trip anymore. And if you use a super low cost air carrier like Ryanair.com or easyjet.com to get around once you land in Europe – that might be the most economical way to put together an itinerary. Once you have specific dates in mind (and how long you plan to stay in each city), let me know. I can help put together a sample itinerary. Stay flexible! That’s the key.

  61. Hi! Thank you for the helpful website. My niece and I are planning to go to Europe this summer. We plan to fly out of NYC (any airport) July 27 or 28 to Paris (any airport) and then return between August 6-10 from either Rome or Venice Italy. Any suggestions on when she should book our flight and if it is better to fly back from Venice or Rome?

    1. Hi Michelle, In general it’s always better (price-wise) to fly in and out of larger airports (so Rome, over Venice). However, it’s hard to say which is going to be a better price for you, mainly because summer is high season for American travelers in Europe. Sometimes it can also be significantly cheaper to fly in and out of the same airport (and just use a low cost carrier like RyanAir or easyJet to fly back to your departure point). Of course, these decisions also depend on what price you put on convenience (and not having to backtrack) over the monetary cost. For example, you might be able to fly in and out of Paris for hundreds of dollars less using this technique. But if you’d rather just hop on a plane at the end of your holiday and come straight home from Venice, it might be worth it to pay the extra $200-300 you’d save by going back to Paris. I’m not sure which kind of traveler you are. The good news is that there are always reasonable prices out of the NYC area. We generally recommend buying tickets to Europe about 8-9 months from travel so it’s really not too soon to shop now.

  62. Hi Cheapair,

    I live in Houston. My friends and I are planning a trip to Italy this summer for June 29-July 15, but I will not know whether I can go until May or June. Is it better to buy a flight now and pay a fee to change my flight if need be (Air France charges $300 to change plus the difference of the fare) or should I just wait to buy my ticket in May/ June. If I can’t go with my friends during the specified dates, I will want to go in August.

    Thanks for your help!

    1. Hi Tatiana, this is a tough one. It’s a gamble really either way. If your heart is set on Air France you might want to buy now but there will likely be other airlines selling tickets at lower prices closer to your travel dates. I know you are going with friends, but I might just not worry about flying with them and just meeting them there. Then you could plan to purchase the best priced ticket to Europe (likely to Paris, Athens or London) in May or June when you know and then use easyJet or RyanAir to get you to Italy. If you bought a ticket to Paris TODAY on Air France it’s $1200. Anyway, I am not sure where you are trying to go in Italy, but this might be one way to save some money and give yourself some flexibility. But definitely fares will climb the closer we get to your departure date.

  63. Hi,
    I am looking for a one-way flight from London to Rome on July 29th and have been checking the prices weekly since January. Most of them are around $200 with a checked bag and have gone up since then. When is a good time to purchase a flight traveling from these destinations? Should I wait to see if prices drop?

    Thank you!

    1. Hi David, It’s extremely hard to predict with 100% accuracy, but I can say that summer air travel in Europe rarely dips once the fares start to climb. If you have been watching since December and the fares are on a slow and steady trend of increase, it’s because people are buying (and the air lie is selling down the seats at the lower price points). There’s always the possibility a low cost carrier will add a flight or two to meet demand later in the spring, but even if they do, a lower price tag is not usually in accompaniment. We’ve all fallen into the “watch and wait” trap hoping for a sale or a dip in price. Don’t fall into the trap. Good luck to you.

  64. Hi,
    We are planning a trip to Europe in July that starts in Spain and ends in Germany. We’re flying from Puerto Rico. We are looking direct flights to Spain one way (Air Europa or Iberia are the only airlines offering direct flights from PR to Spain) but we noticed that if we take a round-trip ticket the price will be almost the same as the one way ticket or even cheaper. Why is this? Is it due to summer season?

    Thank you!

    1. Hi Jonathan, It’s really hard to say why a round trip is more or less expensive than buying one way tickets. You might find the information in our recent blog post about pricing interesting: http://bit.ly/1QK6bU1. In general, pricing is a complicated process and quite a number of factors go into coming up with pricing on any one itinerary.

  65. Hi,
    I am researching for a trip to Athens, Santorini and Naxos for next summer (2017). I am trying to figure out what is the least expensive but reasonable (ie fewest stopovers) way to travel from Toronto to Athens, Athens to Santorini (by plane) and then Naxos back to Toronto. I am ok with stopping in Athens on the way home from Naxos.

    1. Hi Charlotte, the good news in 2016 is that Greece has become something of a bargain for travelers from North America. Now, will this last through 2017? Hard to say. If the cheap prices this year drive up demand, probably not. But earlier this year you could find flights for this summer in the $500-700 range to Athens. Our best discount travel hack is always going to be getting to your major city and then use one of the low cost European air carriers like EasyJet or RyanAir to get you to your other destinations. For example, I checked a one way flight on RyanAir from Athens to Santorini on July 20 this year and you can get fares right now for $50. I do not see a flight from Santorini to Naxos but perhaps you can take a ferry if savings is important to you. Also, this will give you a different perspective on the culture. The ferry is 2 hours from Santorini to Naxos. I do not see commercial flights between Santorini and Naxos (they did not exist in 2010 while I was there), but perhaps a little more research will turn something up for you. I’m certain private charters are available.

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