Desperate Times: When to Buy for Summer?

Tracy Stewart, January 14, 2008
Fares from Washington DC:

    Q. What is the summer Europe airfare outlook? With the low dollar, might
    there be reduced numbers going, and thus a higher chance of fare
    discounts later if seats sell slow? We’re wondering when to buy.

    A. The problem is that with the weak dollar, many Europeans are
    coming here. And guess what--they have to go back eventually unless
    they become illegal aliens. Then there's the jump in fuel prices, which will certainly have an impact on fares. And what if Delta merges with another airline and scales back on routes? Less competition means higher fares.

    But rest assured, we'll be on the lookout for any deals. Meanwhile, you may want to think about flying into an alternate, less expensive city and booking a second flight on one of Europe's many low cost carriers (like Ryanair, Wizzair, or the newly revamped Airberlin...), or even take the train, if direct flights to your dream destination look a tad expensive.

    Be sure to visit our international fare search: closer to the springtime.