Europe’s year-end discount spree continues: you can book economy class flights to Europe for as little as $299.
On Monday, we announced that business class fares to Europe have been significantly reduced. Now, the same goes for economy class fares, which really makes this time of year the best time to finalize any European travel plans.
With this collection of discount fares, you can fly to London; Paris; Milano; Lisbon, Portugal; Zurich; Barcelona; and Dublin — some of Europe’s most popular tourist destinations.
The prices certainly won’t last long and flights are sure to fill up, so take advantage of these fares as soon as possible.
Basics of the offer
Airlines companies : Aer Lingus, Delta Air Lines, Icelandair, Norse Atlantic Airways, Play and TAP Air Portugal.
Routes: Baltimore; Boston; Chicago; Miami; Newark; New Windsor, New York; New York City; Philadelphia Cream; and Washington, D.C.
How to book: Do a search on Google Flights to determine your availability, then book directly on the airline’s website.
Travel dates: Generally from November 2022 to March 2023, with some availability in April 2023 and September 2023; availability varies by route.
Book before: In the next two days.
Many thanks to Scott’s Cheap Flights for finding another set of deals that were too hard to pass up to Europe. The site’s Premium subscription, which costs $49 per year and includes a 14-day free trial, offers discounts of up to 90%. Elite Membership also finds premium offers in Economy Class, Business Class, and First Class.
Examples of flights
Compared to the list of business class deals to Europe we announced on Monday, the economy class discounts in this package are a bit more limiting. Of course, you can fly to Lisbon, Paris, London, Milan, Dublin and Zurich, but many of these discount flights are clustered around major cities, especially the Boston, Chicago and New York areas.
Still, these tickets are all in the $400 range, so if you don’t want to spend on business class, these economy class tickets are definitely worth the price.
Here are some of the flights we have scored:
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- FAUCET: From John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) to Josep Tarradellas Barcelona-El Prat Airport (BCN), from $299 (includes a stopover in Lisbon).
- To play: From Dulles International Airport (IAD) to Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG), from $342 (includes a layover in Reykjavik).
- Aer Lingus: From Boston Logan International Airport (BOS) to Humberto Delgado Airport (LIS), from $380 (includes a layover in Dublin).
- To play: From Baltimore/Washington Thurgood Marshall International Airport (BWI) to London Stansted Airport (STN), from $384 (includes a layover in Reykjavik).
- Aer Lingus: JFK to Zurich Airport (ZRH), from $386 (includes a layover in Dublin).
- Aer Lingus: O’Hare International Airport (ORD) to ZRH, from $402 (includes a stopover in Dublin).
- Aer Lingus: Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) to Dublin Airport (DUB), from $406.
- Delta: From Miami International Airport (MIA) to Milan Malpensa Airport (MXP), from $430 (includes a layover at JFK).
When booking your flights, we advise you to use Google Flights to find your ideal dates and then buy your tickets directly on the website of the airline of your choice. Airlines offer more reliable coverage if your flight faces cancellation, delay or rebooking.
If, for example, you wanted to fly from Boston to Lisbon in February, the only discounted flight available is Aer Lingus which departs at 6.25pm on February 23. If you were to return to Boston about a week later, the only Aer Lingus option available leaves Lisbon at 10:50 a.m. on March 2.
Sometimes Google Flights advertises lower fares due to the availability of third-party booking options. In this case, Google Flights says the total fare can be as high as $369. However, if you were to purchase your tickets directly from the Aer Lingus website, the fare totals $381.
Keep in mind that all these reduced fares only apply to basic economy class. Aer Lingus’ Saver option offers the cheapest tickets possible, but there are some restrictions as customers will not have advanced seat selection or checked baggage included in their fare.
You can select a seat with the Saver option, but additional charges apply to the fare. Seat prices can range from $5.99 to $114.99. The most expensive seats are in the exit rows of the aircraft and offer much more legroom.
Since checked bags are also not included in the price, you will need to pay extra if you plan to bring bags. Luggage prices depend on weight – the lowest weight bags, 44 pounds, cost $109.98, and the maximum weight bags, 66 pounds, cost $129.98.
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At the end of the line
If you live on the East Coast or in the Chicago area, this deal comes in handy. Tickets to European cities like London and Paris can be quite expensive, but these discounts allow you to visit some of Europe’s best-loved cities for significantly less.
While some of these cheap fares extend into spring, most of these travel dates are for winter, so you can see the Christmas markets and escape the tourist crowds during the shoulder season.
If you don’t want to shell out thousands of dollars for business class, these economy class tickets are a much more affordable option, although they don’t offer as many benefits as business class tickets.
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