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June 05, 2009

Tips for Scoring Deals on Summer Airfare to Europe

Europe Summer travelers craving a European getaway have the upper hand in bargaining for low airfare prices this year. George Hobica, founder of Airfarewatchdog, says, “Fares to Europe are much lower than they were last summer, and indeed on some routes they are much lower than we have seen in many years. If you have the time, inclination, and money, this is a great year to visit."

Airfarewatchdog offers these timely strategies for booking your flight:

  • Use a flexible date search on Orbitz, Cheaptickets or Hotwire. A fare from New York to Rome can be $500 with taxes on one set of dates in August, $800 on another set, and $1,000 on still another.
  • Check fares every day. International fares typically only change once a day- and they do change, sometimes by hundreds of dollars up or down. Sign up for all the alert systems like Airfarewatchdog, Yapta, Orbitz, Travelocity, Kayak, Farecast and Farecompare.
  • Don't "blinder" yourself into one set destination. Get to know alternative airports, Ryanair, the rail system, and even cheap inter-city buses in Europe. For example, it may be cheaper to fly into Dublin and then grab a low-fare flight to your ultimate European destination in order to save money on the airfare.  

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