Travel demand to Europe exploded last summer, leading to eye-popping airfare of $1,500 a ticket or more for many travelers. Cheaper fares have come and gone in the months since, but we're seeing transatlantic fares dip back into the $400s (and sometimes even in the $300s!) for a trip this spring and next fall.
We've seen it again and again over the last two weeks – and so have our Thrifty Traveler Premium subscribers. We've found nationwide sales from airports big and small (nearly all 200-plus airports in the U.S. and Canada we search, in fact) to Europe under $499; nonstops to popular spots like Portugal, Paris, and Rome as low as $417 roundtrip; low fares to off-the-beaten-path destinations like the Baltics or Finland; and even ultra-rare business class award deals like flying Delta One across the pond for just 50,000 points.
Deals this good rarely last long – as spring and then summer draw closer, we're likely to see the cheap rates rise … and rise … and rise. But for now, flight prices don't get much better than this. It's time to start planning your 2024 Eurotrip – and we're here to help.
Let's take a spin across the continent and see just how cheap flights to Europe can get for a trip later this year.
Nationwide Deals to Europe
After a record-setting summer when seemingly everyone was heading to Europe, airlines are clearly seeing some empty seats on their planes heading across the Atlantic this spring. And when that happens, they do whatever it takes to fill those seats.
How low can they go? This low.
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When the airlines offer you a roundtrip flight to Europe under $500, take it! These fares to Spain are Exhibit A with some fares below $450 roundtrip – including long nonstops from Los Angeles (LAX) and Miami (MIA) for a trip this spring.
Let's narrow it down a little bit, though. Is it really cheap everywhere right now? Yeah, kind of. If there's one European destination that we get asked about over and over again, it's Italy.
Yes, we're seeing dropping fares to get there, too. Take a look.
Look at that list of destination cities. There are the usual suspects like Rome (FCO) and Milan (MXP), but you could also get to beloved spots like Florence (FLR) and Venice (VCE) at a steep discount.
When we call a deal “nationwide,” this is what we mean: From Evansville, Indiana (EVV) to Scranton, Pennsylvania (AVP) and up to the heavy hitters like Chicago-O'Hare (ORD) and New York City (JFK), this deal touched every corner of the country.
And what, did you think France was just going to let Spain and Italy have all the fun? Of course not! Cheap flights to Paris won't be denied this year, either.
Interestingly, this flight included some fares on Icelandair, the budget-friendly carrier that we love for many reasons. But the best part about flying Icelandair is its phenomenal stopover program, allowing you to build in a pitstop in Iceland for three or even to seven days on your way to or from Paris … all for the same price as a regular roundtrip ticket!
What would you do in Iceland for three nights? I'm so glad you asked!
Read next: How to Book an Icelandair Stopover
Finally, the airlines also sprinkled in some love for Deutschland with these fantastic fares to Germany in 2024.
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Dropping Prices to Greece, the Baltics, & Beyond
From Spain and France and over to Italy, we've hit all the big hubs in Europe already with dirt-cheap prices. But the savings extend beyond the biggest hotspots: We're finding cheaper fares to further-flung destinations across Europe, too.
How about Athens (ATH)? Whether you want to explore the ruins in the birthplace of democracy or hop out to the Greek isles, we rarely see fares to Athens under $1,000 roundtrip.
How about paying less than half that price?
You'd be hard-pressed to find a better deal than that to Greece. And while only travelers flying out of Boston (BOS) benefitted from these cheap fares, you could book a positioning flight to BOS and still save big on a roundtrip ticket.
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Further north – like, way north – are the Baltic States of Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania. A trip to one of these beautiful (and cheap!) European countries is for the real travelers out there. This one's for the people who are looking for the hidden gems of the world, leaving the crowds and tourist traps behind.
The cities of Riga, Tallinn, and Vilnius are true diamonds in the rough of eastern Europe and are known for being an especially thrifty option for travelers. No tourist prices here!
Plus, with fares like these, it might be cheaper to visit Riga for a week than it is to visit Orlando!
One more for the hardcore travelers out there: A Northern Lights adventure in Finland. No, you're not seeing things: You can really get to Finland for under $400 roundtrip if you time it right with a deal like this.
This flight deal to Finland happens to feature some of the best months of the year for viewing the elusive Aurora Borealis. If you connect on from Helsinki (HEL) to Finnish Lapland, your chance of seeing the Northern Lights goes up exponentially, too.
Business Class Deals & Points Deals
What's better than a cheap flight to Europe? A cheap flight to Europe in the front of the plane – or maybe even a (nearly) free one booked using points and miles.
As flight prices to Europe dropped, we've also seen a serious resurgence in cheap business class flights and premium cabin award space to book those seats with points lately. In just the last few weeks, we've sent Thrifty Traveler Premium members a record number of business class deals across the pond. Like this one:
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Nonstop to Frankfurt flying Condor Airlines' sneakily amazing business class seat is one of the coolest new ways to cross the Atlantic. And if you have Alaska Airlines or Emirates miles (or one of the many credit card points that transfer to Emirates), you can make this seat home for your journey to Germany.
Have Turkish miles instead? Oor Capital One, Citi, or Bilt points that transfer to Turkish on a 1:1 basis? You can book TAP Air Portugal business class to Lisbon (LIS) this year, too!
I flew TAP Business Class a few years back and thought it was a great way to get to Europe. Waking up refreshed in Lisbon (LIS) after a good night's sleep was amazing for a city where you can expect to do some walking!
Flying Delta One Suites should be on anyone's bucket list, but there's a problem: Delta regularly charges 300,000 SkyMiles or more each way. No thank you.
One of our latest business class award alerts solved that problem for you.
We gave this deal the “Unicorn Fare” stamp because of how rare this is: Delta One Suites bookable via Virgin Atlantic for just 50,000 points is one of the best deals in the world of points and miles. But availability to book these seats during peak summer in Europe is completely unheard of … unless you're a Thrifty Traveler Premium member of course!
Just 50,000 Virgin Atlantic points – transferable from Chase, Capital One, American Express, and more – could put you in one of these suites heading for Dublin (DUB) or Munich (MUC). And just a few hours later, we found more Delta One availability flying this spring to Amsterdam (AMS), Frankfurt (FRA), and Lisbon (LIS), too.
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Flight prices to get to Europe this winter, spring, or even next fall have been dropping. But deals like these don't last long: Time is running out to book low fares (or amazing points deals) before they disappear as spring and summer draw closer.
But for now, the deals just keep coming. From deeply discounted nonstop economy fares to ultra-rare business class points deals, Thrifty Traveler Premium members are getting email alerts almost every day alerting them to cheaper flights all over Europe.