I’ve been keeping an eye on airfare to Europe for several years and lately it seems good fares are a lot easier to come by. I remember scoring a fare of $504 from Halifax to Copenhagen and out of Stockholm on Icelandair in 2008. A few years later a fare of $549 to Glasgow appeared for a short while and we nabbed it. We thought we might never beat those. However, at least today, there are quite a few in that ballpark.
Here are a few random examples:
Halifax – Venice $581 (Aug. 23 – Aug. 31) Air Canada
Halifax – London $569 (Sept. 19 – Sept. 27) WestJet
Halifax – Paris $593 (Aug. 23 – Aug. 31) Air Canada
Halifax – Glasgow $556 (Oct. 10- Oct. 8) WestJet
Moncton – Paris $623 (Aug. 23 – Aug. 31) Air Canada
Saint John – Copenhagen $623 (Sept. 19 – Sept. 27) Air Canada
At the moment, many of these fares are available well into next year. Of course, if you have specific dates, that can make finding a super low fare quite challenging. However, sometimes one can indeed find a reasonable fare on popular travel dates. For example, here is a very good fare to Europe for someone whose March Break lines up with the dates:
Halifax – Brussels $ 694 (Mar. 11 – Mar. 19) United (appears to book as “economy flexible”)
Anyway, if you’re thinking of a trip to Europe you should check out a site like Google Flight Explore for possibilities. There is also a Flight Centre promo that offers $100 off round-trip flights to select cities until June 30.
Remember, when you’re planning a trip that will include more than one destination, it’s convenient to book an “open-jaw” or “multi-city” ticket so you can fly home from a different city, saving you the backtracking. Often any increase in airfare is outweighed by the cost and time of getting back to your arrival city.