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 Whichbudget.com (www.whichbudget.com).
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:
- Cincinnati to Berlin $614, incl. all taxes
- Dallas to Berlin $568, incl. all taxes
- Ft Myers to Berlin $515, incl. all taxes
- Los Angeles to Berlin $548, incl. all taxes
- New York to Berlin $492, incl. all taxes
- Newark to Berlin $492, incl. all taxes
- NW Arkansas to Berlin $606, incl. all taxes
- San Francisco to Berlin $506, incl. all taxes
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; www.aa.com). Just purchase your ticket by June 16 for Monday-Thursday travel through October 31. Fares include:
- Austin to Puerto Vallarta $314, incl. all taxes
- Boston to Cabo San Lucas $415, incl. all taxes
- New York to Cancun $270, incl. all taxes
- New York to St Kitts $450, incl. all taxes
- Miami to Aruba $346, incl. all taxes
- Miami to Providenciales $410, incl. all taxes
- Miami to St Maarten $423, incl. all taxes
Midwest Airlines Summer Sale
The current summer sale from Midwest Airlines (tel. 800/452-2022; www.midwestairlines.com) 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:
- Appleton to Grand Rapids $178, incl. all taxes
- Nashville to Minneapolis $178, incl. all taxes
- Des Moines to Indianapolis $178, incl. all taxes
- Flint to Omaha $198
- Grand Rapids to Kansas City $198
- Minneapolis to Omaha $198
Southwest Nationwide Summer Sale
Southwest's (tel. 800/435-9792; www.southwest.com) 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:
- Albany to Detroit $210
- Boise to Salt Lake City $98
- Buffalo to West Palm Beach $214
- Burbank to Long Island $268
- Baltimore to Manchester $98
- Cleveland to Salt Lake City $278
- Portland OR to Santa Ana $232
- Phoenix to San Diego $98
- Tuscon to Ontario $184
10% Off Vacation Packages with Alaska AirlinesAlaska Airlines (tel. 800/426-0333; www.alaskaair.com) 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, www.airfarewatchdog.com, tracks unadvertised airfare wars and fare sales, including the most helpful and always updated Top 50 Airfares.
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