January 28, 2023

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Deal alert: Flights to Europe are under $600 round-trip

Dreaming of seeing the Eiffel Tower in Paris or the colorful buildings that line the streets of Stockholm? Now is an ideal time to make those dreams come true: Round-trip flights to multiple cities in Europe are under $600.

Several airlines are slashing fares to cities like Paris, London, Stockholm, Madrid, Barcelona, Zurich and Copenhagen. In fact, you can get round-trip fares to Europe starting at $241.

These marked-down fares are for trips taking place from January through May and from August through November. There is also some availability during Thanksgiving.

Book these flights fast, as fares this low are set to last for only one to two days.

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Deal basics

Airlines: Aer Lingus, American Airlines, British Airways, Delta Air Lines, Iberia, Finnair, Icelandair, Play, SAS and TAP.
Routes: Boston, Charlotte, Chicago, Dallas, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, San Francisco, Seattle, Washington and other cities have discounted routes to multiple destinations in Europe.
How to book: Search through Google Flights to find your best dates, and then book directly with the airline of your choice.
Travel dates: January through May and August through November, with some availability during Thanksgiving for certain routes.
Book by: Within the next two days.

Major kudos to Scott’s Cheap Flights for scouting these deals. For $49 a year, the site’s Premium membership offers discounts of up to 90% and comes with a 14-day free trial. The Elite membership also finds premium, business-class and first-class deals.

Sample flights

Airlines are offering these cheap fares not only in major cities like Los Angeles and Chicago but also in smaller ones such as Omaha, Nebraska, and Shreveport, Louisiana.

These are the flights we’ve flagged:

  • TAP: O’Hare International Airport (ORD) to Josep Tarradellas Barcelona-El Prat Airport (BCN), starting at $241 (includes a layover in Lisbon, Portugal).
  • Play: New York Stewart International Airport (SWF) to Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG), starting at $325 (includes a layover in Reykjavik).
  • Scandinavian Airlines: Boston Logan International Airport (BOS) to Copenhagen Airport (CPH), starting at $387.
  • American and Iberia: John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) to Adolfo Suárez Madrid-Barajas Airport (MAD), starting at $420.
  • Icelandair: ORD to Stockholm Arlanda Airport (ARN), starting at $475 (includes a layover in Reykjavik).
  • Air France, Delta and KLM: Eppley Airfield (OMA) to ARN, starting at $568 (includes layovers in Minneapolis and Paris).
  • American and Iberia: Shreveport Regional Airport (SHV) to BCN, starting at $582 (includes layovers in Dallas and Miami).
  • Aer Lingus: Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA) to Brussels Airport (BRU), starting at $654 (includes a layover in Dublin).

We recommend using Google Flights to determine your best dates and then booking your flights on the airline’s website. Airlines tend to be more reliable if a flight is delayed, canceled or experiences a booking change.

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For a flight to Paris from SWF, Google Flights shows Play as the sole option with a $325 round-trip flight.

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Play also has a returning flight that departs Paris at 12:30 p.m. Both flights in the itinerary include a layover in Reykjavik.

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Sometimes prices on Google Flights differ from those on airlines’ websites due to the availability of third-party booking sites. In this case, Google Flights shows the total price as $314. However, if you were to book your tickets directly on Play’s website, it would still cost $325.

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Play also charges extra for baggage and seat selection. Checked baggage costs $86 per bag and carry-ons cost $57 per bag.

If you opt to pay for a carry-on bag, you’ll also receive priority boarding. If you don’t pay extra for baggage, you will be limited to just a personal item on your flight.

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Seats cost anywhere from $5.16 to $41.28 for all four flights — the most expensive seats are at the front of the aircraft and include extra legroom.

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Bottom line

Traveling to Europe, especially during the warmer months, is expensive most of the time. These cheap fares allow you to tour some of Europe’s most popular tourist destinations without breaking the bank.

Given how low these prices are and the demand for flights to Europe, these prices are sure not to last, so book while you can.