We’ve waited patiently for this moment all year. We’ve bought winter coats, we’ve saved cute restaurants in our phones, and we’ve racked up thousands of airline miles. So, let’s have a moment of silence for winter airfare sale season. Today, I am going to give you the scoop on where to go, where not to go, what you’ll spend, when to go, and when to book. Here is your guide to booking post-holiday airfare to Europe.
Where to go
Where to avoid
Most places in Germany. German cities have a high price tag right now. Your best bet is to fly into somewhere close such as Copenhagen or Amsterdam, and then take a puddle jumper that will only run you around 50 euros.
What you’ll spend
Most of these cities are in the range of $500 to $600 right now for a round-trip flight from Phoenix, Arizona. The good news is, they’ll be even cheaper if you live in LA or NYC!
What dates to choose
You will have to be somewhat flexible with your dates to get good deals. For instance, a deal to Paris almost always depends on your length of stay. A few months ago it was impossible to get a $400 flight to Paris without staying a week. Though a week trip is typically a good length for most people.
The flights you book now that are in this price range will most likely have you flying in January to March. So keep that in mind. But hey, what’s a little cold weather when you’re in Paree for a week!
When to book
You can start booking now. There have been some screamin’ deals the last month or so, with prices slightly climbing. But, there are many good flights still and lots of money to be saved. If you don’t see anything that catches your eye or you’re really really really on a budget, then check back after Christmas. Usually, you can get even lower prices a few days after Christmas for the month of March. Typically I use this time to buy myself a birthday trip since my birthday is the 28th of December.
How to book
You know I’ve got your back! Here is everything you need to know to research and book cheaper airfare. In general, I recommend researching flights with Google Flights and then booking directly with the airline.
Traveling to Europe for the first time? Don’t forget to check out my picks for the best cities for first-timers.
So, who’s going to book a trip for the new year?