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Fare deal alert!
I found flights from San Francisco to Frankfurt for ~$70 on March 7, 2017. This sale is valid for several days between January and early June 2017.
Here are the details. And how to search for deals from your city!
How to Book It
Link: ITA Matrix
Link: Google Flights
WOW Air is having another incredible sale! Through early June 2017, you can find extra cheap trans-Atlantic flights from certain US cities, including Boston, Miami, and San Francisco, to places like:
Flights start at ~$70 one-way.
If you book a ticket with an online travel agency like Orbitz, Expedia, or Priceline you may be eligible for a refund within a short time of booking your ticket. Check out my post on cancellation policies for airlines and online travel agencies for more details!
WOW Air also has ~$99 one-way fares to Iceland from:
- Los Angeles
- Washington, DC
Even if you aren’t interested in visiting any of these countries, these tickets are an inexpensive way to get to Europe. Once you’re in Europe, it’s relatively cheap to hop around to other countries!
Note: Return flights are more expensive. But you could consider paying for a cheap WOW Air flight to get to Europe, and use miles and points to return!
WOW Air Tips
Link: WOW Air
Link: My Review of WOW Air
I’ve written about WOW Air, a budget airline based in Iceland. They’re a great option for no-frills flights, with good service and clean planes.
Remember, WOW Air charges fees for seat selection, large carry-on bags, and checked bags. You’ll get the best deal if you can pack light.
And here’s my trip report from my visit to Iceland. I learned Icelanders are some of the kindest folks in the world!
Folks with the Southwest Companion Pass could fly to sale cities very cheaply. That’s because with the Companion Pass, your companion flies with you for almost free on both paid and award tickets.
If you book a sale flight, remember there are lots of ways to get cheap or free hotel rooms with points from credit card bonuses and spending.
Remember, you can transfer flexible points like Chase Ultimate Rewards or American Express Membership Rewards to different hotel programs.
Note: If you prefer to book paid stays, check out discount sites like Orbitz, Expedia, or TravelPony for deals. But remember you won’t get stay credits or points (and might not have your elite status recognized!).
Airbnb is another terrific way to save money on accommodations, especially for longer stays. Here are some tips on how to negotiate a better Airbnb price, and how to find a safe and comfortable Airbnb.
You can fly one-way on WOW Air from US cities like San Francisco and Boston, to European cities including Copenhagen, London, and Berlin, for ~$70 one-way. And to Iceland from several US cities starting at ~$99!
Return flights are more expensive, but still a very good deal. Just remember, WOW Air charges for extras like large carry-on bags, checked bags, and seat selection.