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:
- Phoenix, AZ with a 25% decrease
- Charlotte, NC with a 23.4% decrease
- Dallas, TX with a 23% decrease
- Memphis, TN with a 22.5% decrease
- 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:
- Milan, Italy with a 21% decrease
- Munich, Germany with a 19% decrease
- 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.