Chart: Airfare alone vs. airfare plus hotel packages to Europe this summer.

April 08, 2010
Fares from Washington DC:

    Airfares too high for you? Maybe you should book a package deal. In many cases, air+hotel packages are cheaper than airfare alone. Please note that prices were accurate when we checked the week of April 6, but can change up or down at any moment based on availability.

    Destination  

    Date    

    Lowest available air from New York

    Sample package

    Browser says:

    BERLIN

    August 6-13

    $1,196 on Delta, nonstop

    $1,090/pp 6 nights 3-star hotel, taxes and fees; expedia.com

    Bundle up, save a little money in the process. Not too shabby. You’ll have to stop over in London;  flights are on American.

    DUBLIN

    August 23-30

    $653 on US Airways via Philadelphia

    $861/pp 6 nights 4-star hotel, includes taxes and fees; hotwire.com

    Ireland is currently better value for air-only than most, but this is still a decent bargain.

    LONDON

    July 9-16

    $959 on KLM nonstop

    $1,099/pp 6 nights 3-star hotel; go-today.com 

    This company is always great for rock bottom rates to pricey London. (Flights with Virgin Atlantic, btw.)

    PRAGUE      

    July 16-23    

    $1,222 on Finnair (includes two stops. Ugh.)         

    $1,149/pp 6 nights 2.5 star hotel; virginvacations.com

    If you look no-brainer up in the dictionary, you’ll see an illustration of someone booking this package.

    TUSCANY

    July 14-21

    $1,450 on Delta (nonstop to Pisa)

    $1,529/pp  6 nights tourist hotel, also includes economy car; gate1travel.com

    An outstanding value from a no-frills but decent company that gets great rates on airfares due to volume.

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