Flying to Europe This Summer? First, Focus On Crossing the Atlantic

The Huffington Post on how to find the best fares to Europe:

One of the biggest mistakes that Americans make while planning a trip to Europe, in summer or any season, is myopically focusing on a specific route. You want to visit Amsterdam, so you only search into that airport. Or you want to visit Glasgow, so you neglect to look at a map and consider, maybe, Inverness.

Or you only look at a particular airline, perhaps to collect those increasingly hard-to-spend miles, and ignore some of the under-the-radar discounters such as XL Airways, Condor, Wow, Norwegian and Thomson.

But flights to Amsterdam are $1500 round-trip this summer? Singapore Airlines recently had New York to Frankfurt for $799 round-trip July nonstop. And Frankfurt to Amsterdam is just $106 round-trip on KLM this summer. Or take the train. It’s just four hours.

Great advice. We often forget that traveling from country-to-country in Europe is like traveling from state-to-state here in the U.S. One other thing I might add: don’t worry about flying into and out of the same airport. In November, Julie and I are flying into Zurich, but out of Munich. It’s an easy train ride between the two cities and it really opened up award space.

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