Though we have entered a golden age of accessible travel, the price of crossing the Atlantic can quickly add up, especially when airfare prices begin to rise. With a little planning and the help of digital tools, keeping the cost of the flight low is quite attainable. Whether buying a ticket months in advance or utilizing promotional fare ticket prices, there are plenty of options for scoring cheap airline tickets.
Reliable Tools For Low-Price Tickets
Two of the more traditional websites for scoring deals include Airfare Watchdog and Skyscanner. The latter is best for finding the best deals currently available while Airfare Watchdog allows travelers searching with some flexibility to enter their destination for email updates on the best prices as they become available. A less traditional approach, and perhaps one of the more frequently used tools of the younger generations of travelers, Fareness is an app that also displays the best airline ticket fares for worldwide destinations for travel within the next week, two weeks or even the next month.
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As a frequent traveler, my favorite tool is Google Flights. I personally love that I can utilize the calendar view to compare dates and airlines for the best option that suits my booking needs. Be aware, however, that some prices include the cost of a checked bag while others do not.
Keep in mind, the best option may be to purchase a promotional fare ticket to a destination other than your final point of interest. For example, Iceland has recently been a cheap point of entry to other European destinations for Americans. Utilize layover programs and other promotional projects that seek to bring travelers to countries for a layover. This will help diminish the cost of the flight and double the number of destinations that can be visited during one trip. Air Serbia and Turkish Airlines are two great examples of such programs. Do double check the fine print on such layover promotions and for flights to your final destination to ensure the long route is in fact the cheapest.
Fly anytime between Wednesday and Saturday for lower prices, but come spring, opt for Tuesday, Wednesday or Saturday. Summertime peak season usher in low prices spanning between Wednesday and Friday. As the crowds drop off, prices fall again on Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturdays. As a top business destination, London is an easy jump from the east coast of the United States.
Flying into Charles de Gaulle can be tricky during when the strike calendar fills up. Luckily, there are locals who track these dates, and travelers can plan around them. Following a similar pattern as London, the best days to fly to Paris year round are Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. The prices increase by roughly two to four hundred dollars more during the peak months, but the best prices remain across those days.
Croatia has quickly become one of the most popular European beach destinations over the past few years, and reaching that cliffside, island-studded coastline is about to get a lot easier–and cheaper. For the first time in nearly 30 years, a direct flight from the United States to Croatia will begin this summer. The route through American Airlines will take off from Philadelphia three times per week between early May and the end of September.
During winter months, Tuesdays and Saturdays are consistently the cheapest days on which to fly. As the weather warms during the spring and summer, taking off during the middle of the week, such as Wednesdays and Thursdays, for sun-filled days is best. Come fall, the Tuesdays, Saturdays and alternating Wednesdays and Thursdays are the best options. As a trending hotspot, this destination does not have the mainstay flights that some of the other classic European destinations have, so double check with Google Flight's calendar to ensure the best price is booked.
Travelers looking for a discounted ticket can fly into Rome's Leonardo di Vinci–Fiumicino airport, which is 15 miles from the center making it an easy commute. During fall, winter and spring, FCO is cheapest to fly into on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Come summer, try to book on the weekends between Friday and Sunday for the best fares.
The best days to book a flight to Barcelona are erratic at best, so utilize the calendar view of Google Flights when booking. The best prices by day fluctuate from month to month, and even week to week. For example, the best days in January are Tuesdays and Fridays while in February the best days range from Tuesday to Sunday depending on the week. The one stable season for purchasing best prices on flights, however, is summertime. From May to July, buy on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays or Saturdays for the best fares.