12+ Summer Flights To Europe For Under $450 Roundtrip – Forbes

Star Alliance airlines, including Air Canada, United Airlines and Swiss Airlines, are currently offering flights from many American cities, including Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York and Boston to Europe for prices in the low $400s roundtrip. This is about half of what you’d normally pay for the same route, and less than half of the typical summer price, which regularly surpasses $1,000. Dates are available from August all the way through February, with the cheapest options generally departing on Mondays and Wednesdays.

Since opening up the sale, two of the most popular destinations have been Spain’s twin cities: Madrid and Barcelona. Barcelona is known for its urban beach vibes, overflowing with a rampant energy that most cities (the exception being Rio de Janeiro) have found difficult to replicate. Madrid, on the other hand, tends to fall into Barcelona’s shadow, but you shouldn’t discount this up-and-coming capital. Visitors often fall for Madrid’s Malasaña right away, which has been named one of the coolest neighborhoods in the world thanks to its abundance of cozy cafés, trendy bars and wide-ranging variety of local art.

Barceloneta Beach in Barcelona is definitely the place to be in summer. Photo: Shutterstock

Following Star Alliance’s lead, other airlines are getting in on the action as well. Delta is currently offering one-stop flights from San Francisco to Zurich for $430 roundtrip, while notoriously cheap WOW Air has $420 roundtrips from San Francisco to Paris or London in September, though you’ll have to pay extra for checked luggage. Here are some other cities you can reach from Los Angeles just as cheaply:

There are plenty of options departing San Francisco as well:

The deals aren’t only available on the West Coast, though. SkyTeam and Oneworld airlines are jumping in to offer similar deals for East Coasters, leading to prices like $430 roundtrip for Baltimore to Zurich on Delta Airlines, or a direct British Airways flight from Boston to London for just $480 roundtrip. With that said, not all of these prices are temporary. Flying from New York to London, Stockholm or Oslo for under $400 roundtrip is par for the course these days, thanks to intensified competition between WOW Air, Icelandair and Norwegian Air. That doesn’t mean it’s any less of a bargain; just don’t forget your travel neck pillow if you plan on staying comfortable.

The Oslo Opera House along the beautiful boardwalk in downtown Oslo. Photo: Shutterstock

Of course, once you’re in Europe, getting around is a breeze. Here’s an itinerary I put together for visiting ten European capitals for just $228, the best way to see Europe on a limited budget. If you plan on staying across the pond for more than a month, it may be worth it for you to get a local bank account to avoid foreign transaction fees and ATM withdrawal fees. I personally use the online bank N26 when I’m in Europe, and wrote an in-depth N26 review that gives a detailed overview of why you might want to get an account yourself.

As with most transatlantic flight deals, I expect these prices to disappear within the next few days as the promotion seats get booked and inventory fills up. If you’re waiting to finalize plans, don’t wait too long; before you know it, these deals will be gone, and at these prices, I don’t expect to see anything this low again for the rest of the summer.

Jordan Bishop is the founder of Yore OysterHow I Travel and STORIED, the creative agency that empowers brands and individuals to tell transportative stories that engage and inspire.

12+ Summer Flights To Europe For Under $450 Roundtrip – Forbes