As we get ready to enter into Europe's high travel season, it's time to start facing the potential sticker shock of how much it is going to cost to hop the pod this summer.
It's no secret that fuel prices and economies on both sides of the Atlantic have been volatile of late, and consequently airfares are in flux too.
As you start to plan your summer vacation, do you have a mental cap? Some say that once the price of the airfare exceeds the total cost of the rest of trip, travelers will forgo the destination.
A quick search for flights to Europe for this summer yields a wide range of prices. A round-trip flight on AirFrance from New York to Paris in June runs about $1,700, based on a quick search on the airline's website. A Kayak search, however, for the same dates brought up one flight for $800, on XL Airways France, and flights on Icelandair and Aer Lingus in the $950 to $1,050 range.
A round-trip Delta flight from Atlanta to Rome in August starts at about $1,600.
Lufthansa flights from Los Angeles to Frankfurt in July range from about $1,600 to $1,850. And of course these are all economy fares.
A search for flights on Kayak from Dallas to Amsterdam brought up rates that started at $1,553 on Delta.
What about you? How much are you willing to pay for a flight to Europe this summer and what is your strategy for trying to get the best fare possible?
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