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Now Is the Time to Book a Cheap Flight to Europe & How You Can Do It

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Linsay ThomasGuest Blogger
August 16, 2016 · 6k Views

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Maybe you’ve dreamed about an exotic cruise through the Mediterranean. Perhaps you and your sweetheart want to spend your wedding anniversary in the romantic city of Paris. Whatever your reason or motivation, you’ve likely dreamed about the possibility of traveling to some foreign country in Europe, but never saved up enough cash to make the dream a reality.

Well, now’s the time to live your dream. Airfares from the United States to Europe are at the lowest point in three years. To fly from New York to Berlin, you’ll pay just $550. That might still seem pricy, but consider that it was $100 more expensive a week ago. Prices are dropping all over, making it great time to snatch up these cheap flights.

But why are airfares dropping? Well, if you haven’t guessed, it’s mostly due to the recent terrorist attacks. Paris, Brussels, Munich, Istanbul and Nice have all been subject to attacks since November 2015. With these attacks becoming increasingly frequent, consumers are feeling scared and therefore hesitant to travel. 

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Let’s put everything into perspective by using statistics. The truth is, your chances of being killed abroad are very low. In fact, the odds are about 1 in 20 million. You’re more likely to get killed in car accident or via gunfire. You’re even more likely to get struck by lightning – that’s a 1 in 10 million chance.

There are also other reasons why airlines are offering European travel deals at the moment. Gas is cheap and the demand has been overestimated. Airlines are looking for ways to fill empty seats, and this is often done by slashing prices. There’s also the whole Brexit fiasco, in which the United Kingdom voted to leave the continent altogether. Flights decreased by as much as 15% after the vote.

Don’t let terrorists prevent you from enjoying a much needed European adventure. If you’re ready to book your trip now, read on to find out how you can find a flight for a great price.

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 How to Find Cheap Flights to Europe

Brave enough to take a European vacation? It’s important to know when to buy and when to fly. Make your trip easier on your pocketbook by following these travel hacks:

  1. Set an alert. Sites such as Kayak, FareCompare, Skyscanner, and Momondo search and compare hundreds of flights. Set an alert and you’ll receive an email when the fare drops for the destination. Alerts are especially useful for international flights, since rates can fluctuate at any time. Prices for domestic fares tend to change on Tuesdays. If you’re interested, jump on these deals quickly, since hundreds or even thousands of other travelers may be searching for the same thing. The number of sale seats is limited, and there’s always high demand, so don’t delay.
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  2. Don’t delay, but don’t shop too far ahead of time. Start the process about five months before your departure. In some cases, the more in advance you plan, the cheaper the rates. A good rule of thumb for international flights is to make your purchase at around the 90-day mark. For domestic flights, shoot for a purchase at the 30-day mark. You can purchase earlier if you happen upon a sale, but there may some restrictions that apply, and you may end up having to travel earlier than expected.
  3. Avoid flying on busy (i.e., expensive) days. If you can, plan your flight during the week. Everyone is flying on the weekends (Fridays – Mondays), so opt for less busier times. Tuesdays and Wednesdays the best days for deals.
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  4. Choose connections over non-stop. A non-stop flight is more convenient (especially if you have kids –who want to chase them in an airport terminal for two hours while you wait for another flight?) but it’s also more costly. If you’re traveling without kids and don’t mind waiting an extra couple hours, opt for connecting flights. You might also get a better price at a larger airport hub that’s still somewhat local. Decide whether or not it’s worth the drive. In either of these cases, you could save as much as 50% on your airfare. So consider connections and the possibility of driving when choosing the right airfare.


While the recent terrorist attacks can make international travel seem risky, put your fears in perspective. It’s highly unlikely that you’ll be killed while abroad. Plus, you don’t want to live your life in fear. Don’t have any regrets. Take advantage of the low airfares while taking your dream trip. The market changes quickly, so don’t delay. After all, prices might skyrocket next summer – or even in the next few months if demand picks up again. After all, airlines operate on supply and demand.


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Linsay Thomas is a seasoned writer and editor who has written thousands of articles about topics such as saving money, healthcare, law, pets and education. She hails from California, where she lives with her husband, two children and a menagerie of pets. When she's not writing, she enjoys sports, breeding chocolate Labs and visiting the beach.