Europe's Most Affordable Destination for Summer

Still trying to toss together that summer trip to Europe? Make Germany your port of entry. Not only is it one of the cheapest destinations in Europe, but it's centrally located and well serviced by low cost carriers. If you've been jonesing for a trip to Egypt, Serbia, Malta, Greece or wherever, chances are you'll score a much better deal planning your own itinerary onward via Germany with the help of sites like (

And while we're used to seeing great fares to Frankfurt, Dusseldorf, Munich, Hamburg and even Stuttgart, we rarely see a good deal to Berlin, our favorite German city. But what's this? Suddenly this week, we've clocked quite a few low fares to Berlin, starting under $500, round-trip, including taxes, and some even nonstop! Check out a few of our finds:

For more deals to Germany, visit our fare pages for Frankfurt, Munich, Dusseldorf, and Stuttgart.

Caribbean & Mexico Sale from American Airlines

Is it June already? We're still trying to overcome the initial weirdness of short sleeves and -gulp- shorts. Then there's the whole vacation thing to sort out. Where to go? What to do? Maybe you'll find inspiration in the latest Caribbean and Mexico Sale from American Airlines (tel. 800/433-7300; Just purchase your ticket by June 16 for Monday-Thursday travel through October 31. Fares include:

Midwest Airlines Summer Sale

The current summer sale from Midwest Airlines (tel. 800/452-2022; is good for travel between June 23 and August 15. Fares must be purchased by June 8 and require a 21-day advance purchase and a one-night minimum stay. Fares include:

Southwest Nationwide Summer Sale

Southwest's (tel. 800/435-9792; nationwide summer sale is good for Tuesday & Wednesday travel through October 28. All fares require a 14-day advance purchase and must be booked by June 18. Fares include:

10% Off Vacation Packages with Alaska Airlines

Alaska Airlines (tel. 800/426-0333; is offering a 10% discount on select vacation packages. Destinations include Alaska, California, Florida, Hawaii, Nevada, Washington, Canada, and Mexico.

All you have to do is enter Promo Code AS9FAMILY when booking your trip and, as an extra perk, you'll receive 1500 Bonus Miles for booking through their site.

Remember, this deal is good for packages only, meaning it must include airfare and hotel. Travel must be booked by June 30, 2009. Travel must be completed by August 31, 2009.

Additional Reporting by Tracy W. Stewart

George Hobica is a syndicated travel journalist and blogger whose website,, tracks unadvertised airfare wars and fare sales, including the most helpful and always updated Top 50 Airfares.

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