What's the Deal: Sales to Europe Are Popping Up
It's been slim pickings for sale fares to Europe. We told you about some business-class sales last week, but this week, we have even better news. Iberia has launched a sale from Washington Dulles to destinations across Europe. And United and Virgin Atlantic are offering sale fares to London. The sales don't apply to summer travel, but they give us hope that some late sales may pop up for July and August flights.
Here are the details:
*Iberia's sale extends to many cities in Europe, but the best fares are to destinations in Spain, specifically Barcelona. The round-trip fare on flights from Dulles is $554 including taxes. Although the sale allegedly extends to departures through May 31, with return no later than June 30, the cheap seats are basically sold out anytime after mid May. And there is a March 14-24 blackout period. Deadline to buy is March 31.
*Virgin Atlantic announced a fare sale of $209 each way ($584 with taxes) from Dulles to London Heathrow, but then raised the price to $219 each way ($606 including taxes) for departures March 24-May 25 and return by June 25 (booking deadline is March 16). Meanwhile, United one-upped Virgin with its own across-the-board London fare sale to introduce its new nonstop service from Denver to London. The fare from Dulles is just $550 round trip, including taxes, for March 30-May 15 departures (you can return as late as June 11 at that fare). Cheapest seats are for Monday-Wednesday travel; buy by March 26.
I'm interested if anyone who bought tickets to Europe within those sale date is sorry now. Did you pay more? If you've bought your tickets to Europe for summer travel, tell us what you paid and when you bought so we can try to figure out whether buying in advance saves money.
By Carol Sottili |
March 7, 2008; 7:10 AM ET
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