Travel: The Most Affordable European Vacation Cities for Summer 2019

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Looking for a deal on a summer vacation to Europe? Well here’s some good news. After analyzing trends and booking data, CheapOair revealed that London is the highest booked destination for the fourth year in a row with an average roundtrip airfare of $783, a 10% price decrease from 2018.  For Anglophiles looking to escape the US this summer, deals on trips to London are a welcome surprise. In addition to airfares being affordable, you can find deals on hotel accommodations and tours everywhere from consolidators like Agoda to Trip Advisor. Even Costco has some incredible travel packages on luxury hotel stays in London (The Savoy) and Paris.

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A look at Big Ben from London’s Waterloo Bridge

CheapOair’s data reveals that the average price to fly to European destinations has decreased by 3% this summer. Due to major carriers continuing to introduce basic economy fares for trans-Atlantic flights, consumers are taking advantage of many affordable travel options to popular European cities, including Paris, Rome, Barcelona, and Madrid.  If you’re interested in a trip to these cities, look for deals on United, Delta, Virgin Atlantic and Norwegian Airlines. You can get deals by booking direct with the airlines or by comparison shopping with CheapOair. Even Premium Economy tickets can be booked at a discount if you book in advance.   Below is a summary of sample economy airlines to popular European vacation cities.

CheapOair’s Top European Destinations For Summer 20191


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Through price comparison and booking analysts, CheapOair also found that it is becoming more affordable to travel to Greece. While Athens continues to be a summer hot spot with a bit of a higher cost in airfare, the destination is seeing a 4% price decrease compared to 2018, making it a highly attractive destination this year.

“Flying to Europe is becoming more affordable every year, which means it’s also becoming increasingly popular,” said Tom Spagnola, Senior Vice President of Supplier Relations at CheapOair. “Consumers should take advantage of these low costs to experience European cities they haven’t been to before, but booking early is important as summer is the most popular travel season and costs will only increase from here.”

I haven’t tried CheapOair. but with these prices, it’s well worth a look.


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