Summer 2018’s Best Flight Deals to Europe
Whether it’s a romantic weekend in Paris or a beach getaway along the glittering Amalfi Coast, Europe is the dream summer vacation. Unfortunately, jetting across the pond can be pricey. The good news: you no longer have to spend your entire salary on airfare thanks to budget-friendly carriers like WOW and Norwegian. Here, the 8 best summer flight deals to Europe for your next holiday.
Chelsea is Brooklyn-based travel writer, editor, and photographer. When not home eating her way through NYC, she's gallivanting across the globe, sailing the coast of Croatia or hiking the peaks of Peru. Her superpowers include booking flight deals and sleeping in small plane seats.
New York to Paris
In February, Norwegian launched a new direct flight route from Newark Liberty International Airport to Orly Airport. If you’re looking for a quick Parisian getaway, expect weekends to be more expensive. In August, however, there are $525 round-trip fares for a week’s stay in Paris. If you’re willing to have a long European vacation (who would turn that down?), there are deals as low as $430 round-trip through the end of July and beginning of August.
Chicago to Amsterdam
Don’t blink, or this deal will be gone. WOW Air is selling flights from Chicago to Amsterdam for a bargain-bin price of $320 round-trip. The best part? They’re over Labor Day weekend. You’ll be flying out of O’Hare and landing at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol. Keep in mind that you will have to layover in Reykjavik Keflavík International Airport, but with WOW’s amazing stopover program, why not spend a day or two exploring Iceland and its iconic hot springs at no extra cost?
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Boston to Dublin
Call it the luck of the Irish. Aer Lingus, Ireland’s main carrier, is offering non-stop flights starting at $550 from Beantown. To score the deal, you’ll have to book from late August to early September—but the cheapest option is conveniently from August 28 to September 5, over Labor Day weekend. At least that’s one less PTO day to worry about.
Washington, D.C. to Copenhagen
With all the political tension in the D.C., we wouldn’t blame you if you wanted to escape for a few days. Trade the capital for Copenhagen with IcelandAir’s $367 flight from Washington Dulles International Airport. You’re likely to get the best fares in late August; we found an exceptional one departing Monday, August 27 (at 8:30 p.m., so you can leave after work) and returning Tuesday, September 4.
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Atlanta to Munich
Atlanta may have one of the largest airport hubs in the United States, but it’s not often the best for frugal travelers. That tide has turned thanks to a whole month of sales from Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport to Munich, starting in August and continuing through the first two weeks of September. At only $695, you can fly round-trip on United to Germany’s beer capital for a little pre-Oktoberfest fun. Cheers!
Miami to Milan
Swap the red-hot beach scene in Miami for a trip to Milan, Italy’s stylish northern city. This is one of the most flexible fares, with options to stay either two nights—an easy weekend jaunt—or a full week for only $408 round-trip. The direct flights are available through Air Italy, but make sure to look in September for the cheapest seats. July and August sold out fast, so it’s best to book quick.
LA to Oslo
Norway may be one of the most expensive countries in Europe, but there are plenty of fares to help you pocket some cash on your flights. Just look to Lufthansa, which is offering $549 round-trip from LAX with a short stop in Munich. Or, even better, there are $452 routes via American Airlines and British Airways (if you don’t mind two layovers). Search around mid- to late-August for the prime prices; one of the favorites we found is from August 18 to 27.
San Francisco to London
It’s not common to find affordable flights from the West Coast to Europe—which is why we’re not wasting any time on this killer fare between San Francisco and London. In the month of August, WOW Air is featuring $490 flights for a weekend trip and $530 round-trip routes for a week-long vacation. The only catch is you’ll be flying into the smaller Gatwick Airport (an hour outside the city) instead of the larger, more central Heathrow.
JS Tip: There are some basic tricks to the trade you may want to keep in mind when looking up airfare. Flying out Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday will be the most affordable this summer (and most seasons), according to a study by CheapAir.com. Plus, Kayak announced that flights to Europe will be lower in summer 2018 than they have been in the past three years. Get packing, people!
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