SO VOILA, I FLY FROM USA TO EUROPE FOR LESS THAN $500!
If you still haven't been to Europe, now is the time, flights have never been cheaper! So if you need to get away from the US political craziness and need to reset, go immerse yourself in the Italian vineyards, eat Tapas in Barcelona or rent a loft in the hip Berlin and let me tell you how to save the most money on your flights!
When I first started traveling, I could spend days tracking flights and looking for the best deals. Over time, I learned a few tricks, especially when I moved to Los Angeles and knew I would need to fly often back and forth to my beloved country, France. Now friends and family are coming to me to find the best deals. A trip to Germany, a weekend in UK, two weeks on the French Riviera... The past two years I never spent more than $500 (both ways) to fly to Europe.
3 SECRETS YOU NEED TO KNOW:
- ALWAYS FLY BETWEEN TUESDAY AND THURSDAY: Prices are set according to demand, so the cheapest tickets can be found on the days with the least demand. Most people will depart on Mondays and Fridays, so those days tend to be the most expensive, while midweek flights are usually cheaper.
- CHECK BUDGET AIRLINES: My favorite for the past year been WOW air, I talk about it in my article "Best Travel Gifts". Don't expect too much, it's a low cost company, meaning you pay your luggages and your food in the plane, but it's seriously worth it! The service is great, young and planes are new. I haven't tried the free layover in Iceland yet but of course it's on my 2017 bucket-list.
- USE AN AIRFARE SEARCH ENGINE: I've tried A LOT of them, probably all of them since 2006 but now I think I found THE one, especially for my flights to Europe. I personally like to use Jetradar, they have an awesome clean platform, I've booked several flights through their website and it's EASY. It filters the best-priced tickets from over 700 airlines and makes the research for you without any additional costs. I'm flying to France in April with British Airline for exactly 460 dollars, merci Jetradar! Just keep in mind to stay flexible on your travel dates and these guidelines should help you to save money without wasting too much of your valuable time.
So voilà, bon voyage!