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Friday, October 28th 2016

"I'm a travel junkie who's hooked on deals from YVR." - Chris Myden

Madness to Europe, Tunisia, and Morocco! Insane prices to many, many places in the $400s and $500s roundtrip including taxes

Europe, Tunisia, and Morocco

KLM and Air France dropped the prices from Vancouver to virtually everywhere they fly in Europe, Tunisia, and Morocco down into the $500s roundtrip including taxes today.

The list of destinations below will continue to grow. Refresh the blog post for the latest.

If it's on the map above, it's probably on sale.

These prices are also available from Victoria.

Availability for travel

Mostly October, November 2016, but also some in September, and in January/February/March 2017, depending on the destination.

You may want to focus on the destinations that are further south, as the weather will still be warmer in the fall.

How to find and book this deal

1. Try one of the following Google Flights searches to look for available dates:

Vancouver to...

(prices are roundtrip, in $CAD, including taxes)

Dublin, Ireland - $427 ($327 using Flight Centre promo)

Bilbao, Spain - $438

Madrid, Spain - $452

Barcelona, Spain - $457 ($357 using Flight Centre promo)

Istanbul, Turkey - $503 ($403 using Flight Centre promo)

Lisbon, Portugal - $523 ($423 using Flight Centre promo)

Warsaw, Poland - $524

Bucharest, Romania - $536

Sofia, Bulgaria - $537

Amsterdam, Netherlands - $539 ($439 using Flight Centre promo)

Ljubljana, Slovenia - $541

London, England - $542 ($442 using Flight Centre promo)

Marrakesh, Morocco - $545

Tunis, Tunisia - $548

Belgrade, Serbia - $553

Casablanca, Morocco - $554

Athens, Greece - $567 ($467 using Flight Centre promo)

Paris, France - $575 ($475 using Flight Centre promo)

Zagreb, Croatia - $580

Paris, France - $581 ($481 using Flight Centre promo)

Rome, Italy - $613 ($513 using Flight Centre promo)

2. Click through to Air France or KLM for booking.

These can also be found on ITravel2000 or Flight Network or FlightHub or Expedia and countless other booking sites.

screenshot from Flight Network

Theoretically, you may also be able to book some of these destinations through the current Flight Centre promotion for $100 CAD off of international flights, for some *really* insane prices

The follow destinations in Europe are a part of the Flight Centre promotion:

Amsterdam, Athens, Barcelona, Copenhagen, Dublin, Istanbul, Lisbon, London, Paris, Rome

For more info on the Flight Centre promotion, check out this blog post.

Free stopovers in Amsterdam or Paris

It's generally possible to get a free stopover in Amsterdam using KLM, or in Paris using Air France.

Below are some more destinations in Europe that *may* be available in the $400s to $600s roundtrip including taxes.

It's overwhelming to list them all, so I've focused on destinations that are either further south in Europe (warmer in September, October, November), or just popular places in general.

It's impossible to verify that the prices are bookable for every destination. Have a look on Google Flights, and try booking either from Google Flights to the airline's website, or through the third party booking sites mentioned below:

Expedia, FlightHub, FlightNetwork, ITravel2000 or Momondo

(Even when Google Flights can't seem to find a way to book it for the displayed price, it's worth trying the booking sites above, as they may be able to).

In some cases, the flights may be through British Airways, with a change of airport required, so watch out for that.

Algiers, Algeria (Northern Africa) - $403

Alicante, Spain - $450

Helsinki, Finland - $450

Cork, Ireland - $463

Shannon, Ireland - $464

Belfast, Ireland - $477

Krakow, Poland - $516

Malaga, Spain - $523

Oporto, Portugal - $529

Oslo, Norway - $534

Prague, Czech Republic - $536

Seville, Spain - $537

Thessaloniki, Greece - $542

Copenhagen, Denmark - $545 ($445 after Flight Centre promo)

Budapest, Hungary - $546

Ibiza, Spain - $551

Larnaca, Cyprus - $551

Palma, Majorca, Spain - $552

London, United Kingdom - $556 ($456 after Flight Centre promo)

Izmir, Turkey - $552

Paris, France - $569 ($469 after Flight Centre promo)

Geneva, Switzerland - $569

Venice, Italy - $574

Glasgow, Scotland - $577

Amsterdam, Netherlands - $578 ($478 after Flight Centre promo)

Zurich, Switzerland - $583

Manchester, United Kingdom - $583

Nice, France - $584

Tirana, Albania - $591

Bologna, Italy - $595

Rabat, Morocco - $595

Toulouse, France - $596

Florence, Italy - $598

Naples, Italy - $598

Marseille, France - $598

Basel, Switzerland - $598

Pisa, Italy - $599

Vienna, Austria - $603 (skiing?)

Newcastle, England - $605

Turin, Italy - $607 (skiing?)

Bordeaux, France - $608

Milan, Italy - $611

Faro, Portugal - $616

Catania, Italy - $619

Rome, Italy - $620 ($520 after FlightCentre promo)

Cagliari, Italy - $639

Edinburgh, Scotland - $639

Lyon, France - $641

Munich, Germany - $663

Tenerife, Spain (Canary Islands) - $691

Nantes, France - $694

Lumqa, Malta - $697

Split, Croatia - $705

TIP: Even though Google Flights only shows prices up to May 2017...

... you can book flights through FlightHub using dates up to about the third week of June 2017.

There are some pretty cheap prices starting to appear for May and June 2017 travel to Europe.

example: Vancouver - Barcelona, Spain for $616 CAD roundtrip including taxes. May 17 to 31, 2017.

Any destination in Europe would be worth trying at the moment.

I'm not sure if Flight Centre is able to book the late May / June 2017 flights or not. Their online calendar does not go that far ahead, but perhaps it's possible over the phone. For the promo itself, there are no blackout dates.

Non-stop flights from Vancouver to Amsterdam or London are potentially available for as low as $439 to $489 CAD roundtrip including taxes

Air Canada has dropped their non-stop flights from Vancouver to London (LHR), England down to $589 CAD roundtrip including taxes in September, October, and November 2016. And January to May 2017. With the Flight Centre promo, it should be possible to book these flights for $489.

Google Flights search: Vancouver to London, non-stop

Non-stop flights from Vancouver to Amsterdam, Netherlands for $539 CAD roundtrip including taxes are available in October and November 2016. And January to March 2017. With the Flight Centre promo, it should be possible to book these flights for $439.

Google Flights search: Vancouver to Amsterdam, non-stop

6/28 - Morning update

Still seeing the low prices this morning. It's worth trying Expedia, FlightHub, FlightNetwork, ITravel2000 or Momondo, even when Google Flights doesn't provide a booking option.

Added a few more destinations to the list above that have been showing up with low prices...

Izmir, Turkey
Geneva, Switzerland
Glasgow, Scotland
Manchester, England
Nice, France
Basel, Switzerland

The Star Alliance (Air Canada, Lufthansa, etc) started matching prices yesterday evening. You can try setting the 'Star Alliance' filter in Google Flights to see what's available (it's under 'Airline').

6/29 @ 10:40 PM PST - The prices on Google Flights have gone back up

This is probably a sign that the deal is ending.

At the moment, relatively low prices in the $400s and $500s roundtrip are still verifying on Expedia from Vancouver to Dublin. The situation may be the same for other destinations. This likely won't last too much longer!

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20 Responses to "Madness to Europe, Tunisia, and Morocco! Insane prices to many, many places in the $400s and $500s roundtrip including taxes"

    Has Francois been here?
       Francois on June 27th, 2016

    Hello there!
    Those are awesome deals! Thanks for sharing again! One question that you might be able to answer quickly. Those flights connect in CDG (most of them), what if we are looking into going to Paris within those dates, but when I look at YVR-CDG the prices are a lot more expensive, could I then book a YVR-MAD flights (at a cheaper price) and decide to not take my CDG-MAD flight? Do you airlines and/or countries have rules against that?

    Has Jen been here?
       Jen on June 27th, 2016

    I think they cancel your return if you don't show up for a prob of your flight, you could probably do a stop over though!

    Has Wes been here?
       Wes on June 27th, 2016

    I'm curious about this too...costs roughly 1/3 of the price to achieve the same thing....

    Has Chris_Myden been here?
       Chris_Myden on June 27th, 2016

    Unfortunately all airlines will usually automatically cancel the remaining legs of your ticket, as soon as you intentionally miss one of the legs. So it can really only be done with a one way flight, or a roundtrip flight that happens to stop in your departure city on the way home.

    Has Kristin been here?
       Kristin on June 27th, 2016

    How do you look at the winter 2017 rates? I wasn't able to look that far ahead on the calendars, I must be missing something..

    Has Chris_Myden been here?
       Chris_Myden on June 27th, 2016

    Kristin: I've changed the wording. It was confusing people. January, February, March 2017 are the winter months available.

    Has Kristin been here?
       Kristin on June 27th, 2016

    ahh makes sense, thanks for the speedy reply!

    Has RTWDude been here?
       RTWDude on June 27th, 2016

    Star Alliance is Matching!

    Has Joyce been here?
       Joyce on June 27th, 2016

    Which cities are available for 2017?

    Has Shannon been here?
       Shannon on June 27th, 2016

    Does anyone know if any of the destinations are for direct flights?

    Has Gibbs been here?
       Gibbs on June 28th, 2016

    Thanks! Booked openjaw tickets into Frankfurt and out of Florence for September at $650 and $693 was hard to find the flights listed on Google when working with an agency or Expedia, ended up with a very long layover on the second return flight with combo found on Expedia

    Has Gibbs been here?
       Gibbs on June 28th, 2016

    Oops, forgot to mention, KLM and AF flights were gone by late afternoon so ended up with AC and LH

    Has Jill been here?
       Jill on June 28th, 2016

    Planning to fly to RAK from YVR with a stopover at AMS (there's layover already).
    Does anyone know how to add a stopover at AMS for free for a week or so? Thanks!

    Has Bon been here?
       Bon on June 29th, 2016

    THANKS CHRIS! Just booked my trip for $427.plus some change...... for Spain!

    Has Hemnath Ramakrishnan been here?
       Hemnath Ramakrishnan on June 30th, 2016

    Dear Chris - If not for your dedication and hardwork in maintaining this website, my long time dream of Spanish vacation would have been a dram forever. You made it possible for me. Can't thank enough!!

    I just gifted myself a 10 day vacation in Spain for my this year's Birthday.

    Has Chris_Myden been here?
       Chris_Myden on June 30th, 2016

    Sounds like a great gift! Have a great time in Spain!

    Has Jenn been here?
       Jenn on June 30th, 2016

    I've been watching and dreaming after every one of your blog post.......finally booked our first family trip to Europe based on your amazing info!! Thanks so much.

    Has Chris_Myden been here?
       Chris_Myden on July 1st, 2016

    No problem Jenn! Thanks for continuing to check out the site. Have fun in Europe with the family!

    Has Jessica been here?
       Jessica on July 19th, 2016

    Hey Chris! Thank you so much for your website my fiance and I were able to book our european honeymoon next March Flying from YVR to BCN then flying home from Athens to Vancouver.. 548$

    Has Chris_Myden been here?
       Chris_Myden on July 19th, 2016

    Nice one Jessica! Enjoy your honeymoon in southern Europe.

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