I am looking for tickets to Europe in June. My daughter is going to Budapest to spend the summer studying math. We have traveled back and forth to Europe several times, but never in the summer. Any suggestions on the least expensive place to fly into? Thanks in advance!
Recently found a round trip on UA from NC to Milan for $1100; I would check there, Rome, or even Budapest for prices.
What I do is always check several airports(man,fco,ams,brussells,) to see what makes sense; then look to see if Air Berlin, Easyjet, or another inter EU airline flies out of the same city. For example, after getting to Milan,Agean Air had a round trip to Athens for 104E on the days I was searching.
I don't think there is much point in looking for the least expensive place to fly into. It is a false economy unless it is the end place that you want to be. Where is the savings if you fly into one place and then spend one to two hundred dollars in additional transportation transportation costs to get to the end place? And that does not include the additional time and stress to save a hundred dollars. However, the savings that is often overlooked is the use of an open jaw or even a three legged flight.
ITA Matrix simply shows the best time to go is June 2-7. $1300 from Detroit to Budapest with a change in Amsterdam on Delta/KLM. Might as well make it easy. She'll be there for 3 months, so why go through a lot of pain and suffering to try to save $200. Over a 100 day stay, its only $2 a day. You can spend that at Starbucks and not even blink.
I strongly agree with Frank. If the cheapest European destination is Dublin, that only helps you if your goal is to see Ireland. Any "savings" will be eaten up in time, money and hassle it will take to get from Dublin to Budapest. Of course, if you really want to stop off in another place to see it for a few days, that's different. Remember that if you are on separate tickets, you are responsible if you miss your connection for any reason. For instance, if you fly to London planning to connect to a Ryanair or Easyjet flight to Budapest, and miss this connection, you have to buy a new last minute ticket. And on the homebound leg, you'd have to buy a new last minute trans-Atlantic ticket, which will more than eat up any money you saved. But if you are booked on one ticket, the airline is responsible for getting you to your destination, so if you miss your connection due to a flight delay, they put you on the next available flight.