Bargain Flights Between North America and Europe
UPDATED FOR 2017
Whether you’re an expat in Germany looking for a bargain flight for a visit to North America, or a tourist looking for a good deal on a flight to Europe, there are tricks and tactics you need to know in order to save money and have a good trip. Your cheap air ticket options are increasing, especially if you consider new airlines, departure cities and destinations. Flexibility in dates also can save you a lot of money, even with legacy airlines.
The German airline Condor offers low-cost flights to Germany from US and Canadian airports you may not have have even considered. PHOTO: Jürgen Lehle, Wikimedia Commons
If you have never considered New Orleans, Pittsburgh, or Providence before, those US cities will offer non-stop flights to Frankfurt in 2017, at rates much lower than legacy airlines. If you add newer airlines such as Edelweiss, Norwegian, and WOW to your plans, you can fly internationally to or from many cities for less. Of course, there can be catches, so read more below.
Flying across the Atlantic has never been particularly cheap, but the cost of a round-trip air ticket between North America and Europe now has risen to new heights. In high season, in the summer months, the economy-class fare from the US east coast to Frankfurt (FRA) can set travelers back from $1500 to $2000, and even more for flights from West Coast airports. That’s why many travelers are learning to consider an alternative to the usual major carriers: discount international airlines.
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A new crop of budget intercontinental airlines has applied the Southwest Airlines model for money-saving domestic flights to international air travel. They attract travelers with bargain fares that are usually below those of major carriers, and in some cases as much as $1000 cheaper per round-trip ticket. These budget carriers (Billigflieger in German) use a variety of tactics that allow them to still make a profit while saving their passengers money. Continue reading