This is the second part of my piece WOW! How Low Cost Carriers are Changing the European Travel Itinerary Experience where I illustrate a sample low cost travel itinerary within Europe. This is travel centered around  Washington BWI – CDG Paris, France on WOW Airlines departing July 6 with a $374 one-way ticket and a one-way ticket for return flight with Norwegian Airlines from Stockholm, Sweden ARN – JFK, New York on July 23 for $371. Delta is $88 to fly JFK back to Washington DCA. $833 + bag fees is the cost for the transatlantic flights.

This is about $200 to $400 less than most fares from major airlines.

Obviously there is going to be an expense involved to get from Paris to Stockholm during the 16 days from arrival in Paris, France to departure from Stockholm, Sweden.

This article shares a sample itinerary using low cost European airlines and major airlines with deeply discounted fares to travel to other countries in Europe on the way to Stockholm.

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WOW, Norwegian and dozens of European low cost airlines make budget travel to Europe a reality in Summer 2015 with one way low cost flights widely available.

Forget the train and backpack tour of Europe. Micropack your small carryon and stay three weeks in Europe flying from country to country.

I jumped on WOW tickets from Boston to Copenhagen when they first went on sale several months ago. I got a great deal of $480 round trip with seat assignments and bag fees in July. I predicted with high probability there would be no summer deals coming close to matching that fare from USA to Europe.

I was wrong. Last week there were deals under $700 from California in July on major airlines. I gave that about a 5% probability of happening. Low cost carriers flying between USA and Europe are changing the sky high summer fares from legacy carriers.

Dublin, Reykjavik and Scandinavian airports look to be capturing a good flow of USA passengers into low cost hubs for access to Europe. Once you reach a hub, low cost carriers will take you all around Europe.

Travelers without severe time constraints can plan extensive air travel on low cost carriers to Europe and around Europe in one way flights. Flying to several countries for little more than the cost of a $1,200 single roundtrip ticket from Airport USA to an airport in London, Paris and other major European cities is what this article begins and my next article will show with a European itinerary based on one-way tickets on low cost carriers from the USA to Europe this summer.

WOW Airlines

WOW Airlines have flights from Boston BOS and Baltimore BWI via Reykjavik KEF in Iceland to Berlin SXF, Copenhagen CPH, Dublin DUB, London LGW, Paris CDG. Some of these routes start later in 2015. WOW and Icelandair use KEF airport as a hub.

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Washington D.C. travelers have the chance to score some of the best deals from the USA to Europe for travel mid-June to mid-August when most USA-Europe routes price well north of $1,000 per ticket. This is kind of like the fly from Canada discounts.

Loyalty Traveler – Want low fares to Europe this summer? Fly from Canada. (March 21)

Several routes from Washington Dulles IAD, National DCA and Baltimore BWI are available today for travel this summer with airfare from $750 to $850, even for July departures.

The best fares from the alliance airlines of Oneworld, Skyteam and Star Alliance are routes to Denmark, Norway, and Sweden where the big alliance airlines are combating low fare carriers like startup WOW operating from BWI and Icelandic from IAD. Aer Lingus keeps appearing in the fare discounts to Europe with discounts to Ireland, UK and Spain airports.  Read More…

Cebu City, Philippines has a discount United Airlines/Philippine Airlines fare around $720 roundtrip for some April dates from many airports across the USA including JFK, ORD, IAH, LAX and SFO.

New York JFK – CEB Cebu City Philippines

$716.20

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Delta Airlines Newark EWR – AUA Aruba route has a great $310 discount fare on a few dates in late April and May 2015 connecting through Atlanta ATL. Low fares on Delta are probably due to Spirit Airlines flights to Aruba connecting through Fort Lauderdale FLL.

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Santiago, Chile airfare is priced around $800 from several major cities around the USA like JFK, LAX and MIA. One exception is Fort Lauderdale, Florida to Santiago, Chile at $474 roundtrip on Copa in T class on several dates in May.

Copa flies Fort Lauderdale FLL – PTY Panama City and PTY – SCL Santiago, Chile. The routing requires overnight in Panama outbound and the option of overnight in Panama inbound.

Copa T booking class earns 50% miles in United Mileage Plus for 4,145 miles for this itinerary. Read More…

United and Delta have lowest fares today for travel from Los Angeles LAX to MNL Manila, Philippines  $703 to $745 most dates for Monday to Thursday departures from April 7 to May 14. Routes are via Tokyo, Haneda and Nagoya in Japan or United Airlines lets you hopscotch to Honolulu and Guam in both directions. Delta also has routes through Honolulu.

The challenge is to find a long transit layover in Hawaii or Guam. I did not search for potential overnights.

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Miami MIA and Ft. Lauderdale FLL surprised me in how few deals are offered to Europe compared to San Francisco SFO, Los Angeles LAX, Chicago, ORD and New York JFK/EWR. The common ground for these four airport regions is Norwegian Air.

Miami prices do not seem to be heavily impacted by Norwegian Air in a review of airfare today for travel departing April to June. The discount rates by major airline competitors do not seem to be in place against Norwegian flying out of Ft. Lauderdale FLL. Fares to Scandinavia. Norwegian Air flies to a few other places from Miami at $200 or more less than competitor airlines, but not too many real deals out of FLL Airport and Miami for Europe.

Condor Airlines is the exception with some very low roundtrip fares from $400 to $650 to places like MAN Manchester UK, ARN Stockholm Sweden, and CDG Paris, France.

Ft. Lauderdale FLL lowest fare deals

  • Ft. Lauderdale FLL – CPH Copenhagen, Denmark $604 Norwegian Air May 3-10 (United/SAS $946)
  • Ft. Lauderdale FLL – ARN Stockholm, Sweden $674  Norwegian Air May 3-11 (United/Luthansa $904)
  • Ft. Lauderdale FLL – SXF Berlin, Germany $702 Norwegian Air       May 3-11
  • Ft. Lauderdale FLL – ALC Alicante, Spain $781 Norwegian May 4-11
  • Ft. Lauderdale FLL – DUB Dublin, Ireland $805 Jet Blue/Aer Lingus May 13-20

Miami MIA –ARN Stockholm $434 – $575 roundtrip deal

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This past week has seen some great flight deals for travel from west coast airports LAX, SFO and SEA to Europe with deep discounts from Star Alliance, Skyteam and Oneworld member airlines to many places in Europe.

Today, most of those deals from the past week are gone.

Loyalty Traveler – 30+ Fare Deals for USA and International Flights from west coast airports is a summary of fare deals available this past week to Europe and other places around the globe. Yesterday there were all kinds of deals to Europe from LAX, and today most are gone.

Aeroflot and Norwegian Airlines look to be the low fare carriers once again with the lowest fares to Europe from LAX and SFO area over the next two months. Read More…

U.S. Travel Association’s Daily Getaways has Hilton HHonors points for sale today in sets of 100,000 or 150,000 or 250,000 points. Prices are $5.00 per 1,000 points, regardless of which package you buy. I won’t analyze the arbitrary value of Hilton HHonors points in this post. I’ll assume if you are considering spending $500 on Hilton HHonors points, then you have already determined their value.

This post is simply a reminder that Hilton HHonors points are for sale today, Friday, March 27 at 1:00pm Eastern.

Loyalty Traveler – Daily Getaways 2015 discount hotel points preview for March 23 to April 10 (March 13, 2015) Read More…

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