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Me: I spy….a cheap, roundtrip ticket to Europe for $200.
You: Is it…on Google Flights?
Me: Yes! You found it!
People are often surprised that flight deals are so readily available. Often, you can find roundtrip tickets to Europe for the same price as those shoes you just bought. 😉
Yes, traveling CAN be expensive but here’s my secret…be flexible in dates and city!
Airlines follow a simple supply and demand equation. The more demand, the higher the price. Equally, the less demand, the lower the price.
WHAT IS SHOULDER SEASON?
It’s true you can find cheap(er) tickets to:
- Dubai in July…but your fingernails will be sweating
- Iceland in December…no explantion needed and;
- Thailand between July to October…it’s monsoon season.
But shoulder season – the period between the high and low seasons of a given destination – is the where you will find the best deals.
LETS GET TAPAS IN BARCELONA!
Right now, we are seeing some amazing deals to Barcelona! The lowest prices are from Boston (BOS), New York (JFK), Chicago (ORD), Miami (MIA), San Francisco (SFO), and Los Angeles (LAX) but if you’re close to another big city or can position, definitely search the rates.
BEST DATES: March – April and October – December
I’ve made some handy links to get you started but Google flights is user-friendly so, use the calendar function to find the best prices.
- $203 Boston to Barcelona Round Trip
- $260 New York to Barcelona Round Trip
- $303 Chicago to Barcelona Round Trip
- $302 San Francisco to Barcelona Round Trip
- $318 Miami to Barcelona Round Trip
- $327 Los Angeles to Barcelona Round Trip
This is also when you start to piece together other articles that have appeared on this site. For example, I’ve written various articles (LIKE THIS) highlighting great hotels where you can redeem those free nights certificates and hotel points.
Flexibility is key!
Yes, it’s “ideal” to go to Europe in the middle of the summer when the kids are out of school. But do you want to pay double (or triple the price) for your plane ticket AND hotel just to stand in lines for extended amounts of time, and wait hours to eat at the latest IG-worthy restaurant with hoards of tourists that had the same idea?
So who is going to Europe for cheap?