The fare war on flights to Europe has hit large and small cities across the U.S. and likewise to both large and small cities in Europe. If you think it's necessary to fly from or to a major city for a cheap flight, think again. The big 3 legacy carriers American, Delta, and United are all attacking each other's hub cities on both sides of the pond with incredible deals. Fares between several cities are in the $400s roundtrip.

Many cities that rarely see prices this low to Europe are included such as Columbus (CMH), Duluth (DLH), and Fresno (FAT). And if you live near a Delta or United hub like Atlanta (ATL), Houston (IAH), or San Francisco (SFO), you'll find great deals to smaller cities all across Europe. The possibilities are endless.

Some flights may be operated by partner airlines such as Air Canada, Air France, British Airways, KLM, or Lufthansa.

Related: Airline Hub Guide: Which U.S. Cities Are Major Hubs and Why it Matters

Travel Availability

This sale is unadvertised, but I'll give the general details for availability below.

  • Travel Period: November through April 7, 2020, with a 50-day advance purchase. It's usually only around $20 more for travel through May 21, 2020.
  • Travel Days of the Week: Travel to Europe Sundays through Wednesdays; Return from Europe Tuesdays through Fridays.
  • Minimum Stay: 7-nights
  • Blackout Dates: Holiday travel in late December and early January.

Prices will vary slightly depending on which airport you connect through and which booking site you use. Use the prices listed below as a general guideline for the type of deal you can find.

Sale Period

This sale is unadvertised and fares may jump at any moment. Book now to avoid missing out. Try many different booking sites if you are finding prices jumping since inventory can go fast and may be available through another booking engine.

Sample Fares

Prices shown are what was found from Columbus (CMH) and represents an approximate price to these cities from nearly everywhere in the U.S.

Nearly every U.S. airport to:

This is just a sample of deals available. There are several other cities included in this widespread sale. Even if your city isn't listed, make sure to check the price from your local airport for a super deal.

Related: Today's Best Flight Deals to Europe


Basic Economy fares only include a carry-on bag plus one personal item. The first checked piece of luggage will cost $60 each-way. On some routes, it's cheaper or the same price to upgrade to a Main Cabin Economy fare. Main Cabin Economy fares include one free checked bag.

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. Main Cabin Economy fares include advanced seat assignments.

Alternate Fares

Upgrading to Main Cabin Economy will cost an additional $120 - $160 roundtrip on most routes. Certain travel dates and/or routes may be more or less to upgrade. This type of fare will include one free checked bag, seat selection, and the ticket will be eligible for upgrades/changes in the itinerary (fee applies).

Note: American Airlines allows ticket changes (fee applies) on both Basic Economy and Main Cabin Economy fares.

Related: A New Look at Basic Economy for Transatlantic International Travel

Example Booking

As an example, I found a flight on United departing Springfield SGF on Tuesday, November 19 returning from Nice NCE on Wednesday, November 27, for $491 roundtrip.


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