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Despite Travel Demand, European Airfare for U.S. Travelers Cheaper than 2021

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European Airfare for U.S. Travelers Cheaper than 2021

With spiking travel demand, and record inflation, summer travel is very expensive this year. However, it’s not all bad news. The cost of airfare to Europe is actually down 15.1% compared to last year, with the lowest average price coming in at $908 as compared to $1,070 in 2021.

The information comes from CheapAir’s year-over-year study which analyses over 24 million flights to Europe. The study revealed that airfares to Europe are cheaper from almost every U.S. city, with the exception of Boston and New York.

According to the study, the top five U.S. cities with the best departure value compared to 2021 include:

  1. Phoenix, AZ with a 25% decrease
  2. Charlotte, NC with a 23.4% decrease
  3. Dallas, TX with a 23% decrease
  4. Memphis, TN with a 22.5% decrease
  5. Milwaukee, WI with a 20.8% decrease

See the full ranking list of 42 U.S. cities here.

The study also notes that the top three European destinations with the biggest savings compared to 2021 include:

  1. Milan, Italy with a 21% decrease
  2. Munich, Germany with a 19% decrease
  3. Brussels, Belgium with a 18% decrease

The travel website also offers some tips on how to save on travel this summer:

  • Plan ahead and book flights early. You should book a flight to Europe approximately 79 days on average from the departure date for the best deal.
  • Consider flying to Europe in the off-season of September and October with nice weather and summer crowds long gone.

On the other hand, Mark says that you should skip summer travel altogether. Let us know in the comments whether you’re traveling this summer or not, and where you’re heading next.

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  1. I started traveling TATL again in business class this summer and have taken two flights in June and have three more RTs planned. I was watching prices in cash and miles since early in the year. Sorry, but in no way have I seen prices cheaper this year. Maybe in economy, but not business. Maybe in budget airlines, but not the US or foreign majors. And little upgrade or saver award space, too.


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