Your Guide to Booking Post-Holiday Airfare to Europe

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.

Your Guide to Booking Post-Holiday Airfare to Europe

Where to go

  • Paris
  • Lisbon
  • Moscow
  • Madrid
  • Barcelona
  • Rome
  • Florence
  • Athens
  • Prague
  • Amsterdam

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!

Your Guide to Booking Post-Holiday Airfare to Europe

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?


  1. Thanks for this, all great advice!
    My daughter and I would like to see the Christmas lights in London and in Paris, but I’m not sure if we will go before Christmas or bring in the New Year instead! Decisions Decisions!!

  2. I love that there are so many different places to visit throughout Europe. It’s a bummer that places within Germany isn’t an option but when you’re trying to spend wisely, it makes sense :). I’ve seen some flights in the 400 range going out to Europe. I need to make a trip out there one of these days! Thanks for sharing these tips!

    Nancy โ™ฅ

  3. Living in Europe we often don’t appreciate how many places there are to discover. I mentioned to my husband recently that we need to travel more within Europe ๐Ÿ™‚ I hope you are having a nice weekend!

    Miriam xx

  4. You have some of my winter travel favorites on your list of post-holiday list! My favorite post-holiday destination is officially Venice, Italy. I flew into Venice on December 26 and spent several magical days there. The city was SO empty!

  5. So many nice places to go!
    I hope I can visit all of them someday.
    I feel like people stick to only one place because they really liked it but we need to explore everything!
    Europe is amazing

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