4 Reasons to Fly to Europe This Fall

European bridge

There are four good reasons to go to Europe this fall: Cheaper airfares, no autumn price hike, smaller crowds and you can start your holiday fun early. Give serious consideration to a trip to Europe this year; we may never see such perfect conditions again.

1. Cheap airfares

We’ve seen eye-popping fall deals to Europe including round-trip tickets for Los Angeles-London for $369 in November (nonstop, too). Here are a few more found in July for travel on various dates in September, October, November and early December. Prices in U.S. dollars.

Beijing to London, $520
Boston to Paris, $343
London to Miami, $353
New York to Rome, $328
Sao Paulo to Madrid, $527
Sydney to Paris, $618

Tip: All the deals were found on FareCompare’s Getaway Map which is easy to use: Type in your departure city and a range of dates you want to fly (we used Aug. 27 to Dec. 15), then watch as fares pop up for destinations around the world. Click a deal you like and you’ll get a few different itineraries; click them all.

2. No seasonal hike

Unlike the November Thanksgiving holiday in the U.S. – when fares jump into the stratosphere – there are no big price hikes on fall fares to Europe. In mid-December, fares do rise for Christmas and New Year’s, but drop again after the first week in January. This means you have a big block of time in September, October, November and December to travel to Europe with bargain tickets.

3. Smaller crowds

Fall is such a great time to travel even if cost is no object. The weather is good and there are smaller crowds at airports, customs lines as well as the big tourist attractions and popular restaurants.

4. Pre-holiday fun

A fall trip to Europe could make a perfect early holiday gift, or to shop for holiday gifts. Europe is home to an incredible number of wonderful Christmas markets, which generally open their doors to shoppers in mid to late November. Bring the whole family to Europe; at current prices, it is definitely do-able.

Final tip

If your vacation dates are not flexible enough for the Getaway Map, try flying cheaper days (usually weekdays instead of weekends) and fly cheaper routes (connecting flights often cost less than non-stops). Finally, always compare airfares to be sure of getting the cheapest flight to Europe; this is true for the fall and true year-round. Now go and have fun – and safe travels!

Rick Seaney
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