When I first saw images of the Brussels bombings, I had a feeling demand for summer trips to Europe would take a hit.
We are starting to see evidence of that now. Today, United and announced a very good fare sale for deep-summer trips– those during the “peak of the peak” summer season in July and August. SAS is running quite a good sale, too.
Typically airlines run fare sales for early (pre-June 15) or late (post August 15) and leave the middle of the summer alone. In past years, mid-summer fares to Europe climbed to nearly $2,000 roundtrip for those waiting until May or June to make reservations.
But not this year. To amp up demand, United is offering some super-low deals for mid summer trips between July 4 and August 22. These fares will only be on sale through April 22, and I’m sure many will disappear before then.
Since airlines usually march in lockstep, I expect other carriers to match SAS or United or come out with deep summer European fare sales of their own.
Some examples of really good deals for economy class trips on United include:
Dublin/Shannon, Ireland- Roundtrip ares from east coast cities and Chicago $700-$900. It’s surprising to see anything to Europe below $1,000 during peak summer. From LA or San Francisco, fares to Ireland are in the $1,100 ranges. Cheap! If you go in April or May, you’ll find fares to Dublin as low as $929 from SFO on Aer Lingus.
Paris, London, Frankfurt roundtrip from Los Angeles or San Francisco in the $1,400 range.
Stockholm from Seattle is just $926— very surprising to see a sub $1,000 round trip from the west coast during peak summer season.
Frankfurt from Philly just $805 roundtrip. Are you kidding me? During peak summer? That’s cheap.
Lisbon, Paris, Zurich, Frankfurt roundtrips from Newark are all in the $900 range.
Here’s a link to United’s fare sale page. Be sure and check other airlines for matches between now and April 22 when the sale ends.
Fine print from United:
Are these good deals enough to convince you to head over the pond this summer? Please leave your comments below.
P.S.: Don’t forget about this fantastic deal SFO to Auckland– just $898 round trip– very rare to see NZ for less than $1,000!
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