Be charmed by the architecture of Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Experience the Renaissance era in Florence, Italy. Take a literary tour in Dublin, Ireland. Doesn’t that sound amazing? If the answer is yes, clearly, it’s time to go to Europe. If you’re thinking it’s going to be way too pricey, think again! Below you’ll find our top ten tips to help get you packing for your trip!
1. Know Cheap Flights to Europe Exist — and Hunt for Them!
According to industry research in 2017, there are now 430 routes connecting North America and Europe. That’s a 25% increase in just five years.
Because of greater competition, increased operational efficiency, and lower gas prices (for now), airlines can offer super-cheap deals to get you to Europe. In fact, during the summer of 2017, airfare prices to Europe were down 18 % from the previous year.
In addition to major travel sites like Kayak and Expedia, there are many airlines worth checking, such as Ryanair (also good for flying within Europe). Ryanair flies from many international airports to Europe, like flights departing from Tel Aviv, Israel, and Boston, United States.
2. Be Flexible and Take Deals to Europe Offered by Low-Cost Airlines
Thanks to Europe’s low-cost airlines, many incredible deals pop up from time to time. Stay on the lookout for these.
If you can be flexible with your dates and departure point, you’ll save lots of cash. Chances are a cheap flight somewhere near your home exists.
For instance, Wow Air made travelers smile in early 2016 when they started offering $99 flights from Los Angeles to Iceland, and $199 flights from Los Angeles to get to additional European destinations, like Berlin. Even cheaper deals exist for northeastern cities. New York to London for $69 isn’t impossible to snag.
3. Go to Europe During Off-Season
Going to Europe during peak travel times, such as late spring, can increase your costs tremendously. That’s because transportation and lodging costs may be as much as double what they are during non-peak season.
According to a report in USA Today, the cheapest time to go to Europe is between November and March (and not during holidays). This is when you’ll find deals.
If you don’t want to encounter potentially cold weather, go during shoulder season. That would be in months like April and October.
4. Use Miles and Points to Get to Europe
Perhaps you have some airline miles and/or hotel points that can help reduce the overall cost of travel. If not, go get some.
For instance, with good enough credit, you can qualify for credit cards with large signup bonuses. You must meet initial spending requirements to get the points, but when you do, you can save hundreds of dollars on your European adventure. With some cards, you may be able to even get a free flight.
Just a note: Be careful whenever using a credit card and spend within your means.