It's an all-out fare war on flights to Europe among the "Big 3" airline alliances associated with American, Delta, and United. Along with great fares to Western European cities, we're seeing amazing prices for flights to Eastern Europe in the $400s roundtrip from several U.S. cities.

Best of all, some of these flight deals are booking into regular Economy, which means one free checked bag is included and you'll be able to choose your seat assignments. Read the details when booking because most of the deals book into Basic Economy.

We rarely see prices drop this low from smaller hub cities like Atlanta (ATL), Detroit (DTW), Denver (DEN), Cincinnati (CVG), Cleveland (CLE), Houston (IAH), Minneapolis (MSP), and Salt Lake City (SLC).

Some flights may be operated by airline partners such as Air Canada, Air France, British Airways, Iberia, KLM, Lufthansa, or Swiss. Who knows how long these deals will stick around. I'd suggest booking right away if you see something you like.

Travel Availability

Travel from late October through early April. The lowest fares are available for travel to Europe Sundays through Wednesdays, returning from Europe Tuesdays through Fridays. It may be only slightly more expensive to travel on the weekends.

Peak holiday travel times in late December and early January are blacked out, though you may find availability over New Year's if you stay through the first week of January.

Sale Period

This sale is unadvertised and fares may jump at any moment. Try many different sites if you are finding prices jumping as inventory may still be available on another booking engine.

Sample Fares

Cincinnati to Helsinki $447 roundtrip

Cincinnati to Zagreb $456 roundtrip

Atlanta to Brussels $458 roundtrip

Detroit to Amsterdam $459 roundtrip

Atlanta to Milan $462 roundtrip

Washington D.C. to Warsaw $475 roundtrip

Atlanta to Sofia $478 roundtrip

Detroit to Krakow $479 roundtrip

Atlanta to Ljubjana $480 roundtrip

Detroit to Prague $483 roundtrip

Washington D.C. to Helsinki $483 roundtrip

Atlanta to Nice $485 roundtrip

Minneapolis to Rome $488 roundtrip

Atlanta to Athens $489 roundtrip

Detroit to Athens $489 roundtrip

Minneapolis to Athens $490 roundtrip

Salt Lake City to Paris $490 roundtrip

Houston to Athens $493 roundtrip

Cincinnati to Bucharest $493 roundtrip

Atlanta to Budapest $495 roundtrip

Minneapolis to Warsaw $495 roundtrip

Cincinnati to Prague $495 roundtrip

Detroit to Budapest $496 roundtrip

Detroit to Venice $496 roundtrip

Detroit to Sofia $497 roundtrip

Minneapolis to Lyon $498 roundtrip

Salt Lake City to Prague $498 roundtrip

Atlanta to Bucharest $499 roundtrip

Detroit to Berlin $502 roundtrip

San Francisco to Athens $505 roundtrip

Minneapolis to Zagreb $520 roundtrip

Denver to Budapest $522 roundtrip

Denver to Bucharest $528 roundtrip

Washington D.C. to Sofia $533 roundtrip

Cleveland to Prague $545 roundtrip

Salt Lake City to Ljubjana $546 roundtrip

Houston to Zagreb $574 roundtrip

Baggage

Some of these fares are standard Main Cabin Economy fares, which include one free checked bag. Basic Economy fares only include a carry-on bag plus one personal item and the first checked piece of luggage will cost $60 each-way. On some routes, it could be the same price to upgrade to a Main Cabin Economy fare.

Seat Assignments

Main Cabin Economy fares include advanced seat assignments. Seats will be assigned at random upon check-in for Basic Economy. You may be able to pay a fee to choose a specific seat.


Related: Today's Best Flight Deals to Europe


Alternate Fares

Upgrading from a Basic Economy fare to a standard Main Cabin Economy fare will cost an additional $120-$180 on most routes. Certain travel dates and/or routes may be much more to upgrade. This type of fare will include one free checked bag, seat selection, and are eligible for upgrades/ticket changes (fee applies).

Some of the prices listed require two stops and it may only be slightly more expensive to fly on a different carrier or routing with only one stop.

Example Booking

As an example, I found seats in standard Economy departing Atlanta ATL on Wednesday, November 13, with a return flight from Ljubljana LJU on Thursday, November 21, for $482 roundtrip. That includes one free checked bag!

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