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Sunday, October 21st 2018

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2018
5
February
Seattle to various places in Europe in the $500s CAD roundtrip | spring and fall travel, but also some in August and over Christmas

Europe

The Star Alliance has dropped the price of their flights from Seattle to various places in Europe down into the $500s CAD roundtrip.

Some of the overseas legs are operated by Lufthansa. Some are operated by SWISS. Some are operated by Air Canada. Some are operated by United Airlines. Try to choose flights with the first 3 if you can.

You can also fly into one European city, and then home from a different city - and keep the price about the same.


Availability for travel

A lot of the available dates are in April, September, October, November, and December.

But some destinations are showing dates available for August travel.

And many destinations are even showing cheap prices over Christmas.

I've identified the cities I've seen with August and Christmas availability below.

But keep in mind that availability will be changing fast as dates sell out.

How to find and book this deal

1. Try starting with a Google Flights search...

Google Flights: Seattle to Athens, Greece



2. You can change the destination to somewhere else in Europe, such as:

Algiers, Algeria (ALG)
Amsterdam, Netherlands (AMS) -- Christmas
Athens, Greece (ATH) -- Christmas
Barcelona, Spain (BCN) -- August, Christmas
Belgrade, Serbia (BEG) -- August, Christmas
Berlin, Germany (TXL) -- August, Christmas
Brussels, Belgium (BRU) -- August, Christmas
Bucharest, Romania (OTP) -- August, Christmas
Budapest, Hungary (BUD) -- Christmas
Casablanca, Morocco (CMN)
Chisinau, Moldova (KIV) -- August
Cologne, Germany (CGN) -- August, Christmas
Copenhagen, Denmark (CPH) -- August, Christmas
Dublin, Ireland (DUB) -- August, Christmas
Dusseldorf, Germany (DUS) -- August
Frankfurt, Germany (FRA) -- August
Hamburg, Germany (HAM) -- August, Christmas
Helsinki, Finland (HEL) -- Christmas
Istanbul, Turkey (IST)
Kiev, Ukraine (IEV) -- August, Christmas
Krakow, Poland (KRK) -- Christmas
Lisbon, Portugal (LIS) -- August, Christmas
Luxembourg (LUX) -- Christmas
Lyon, France (LYS) -- Christmas
Madrid, Spain (MAD) -- August, Christmas
Malaga, Spain (AGP)
Marrakesh, Morocco (RAK)
Marseille, France (MRS) -- Christmas
Milan, Italy (MXP) -- Christmas
Minsk, Belarus (MSQ) -- August, Christmas
Munich, Germany (MUC) -- August, Christmas
Nice, France (NCE) -- August, Christmas
Nuremberg, Germany (NUE) -- Christmas
Oporto, Portugal (OPO) -- August, Christmas
Oslo, Norway (OSL) -- August, Christmas
Paris, France (CDG) -- Christmas
Pisa, Italy (PSA)
Prague, Czech Republic (PRG) -- Christmas
Rome, Italy (FCO) -- Christmas
Sarajevo, Bosnia & Herzegovina (SJJ) - August, Christmas
Shannon, Ireland (SNN) -- August, Christmas
Sofia, Bulgaria (SOF) -- August, Christmas
Stuttgart, Germany (STR) -- August, Christmas
Thessaloniki, Greece (SKG) -- August
Toulouse, France (TLS) -- August, Christmas
Tunis, Tunisia (TUN)
Venice, Italy (VCE) -- Christmas
Vienna, Austria (VIE) -- August, Christmas
Vilnius, Lithuania (VNO) -- August
Warsaw, Poland (WAW) -- Christmas
Zagreb, Croatia (ZAG) -- August, Christmas
Zurich, Switzerland (ZRH) -- August, Christmas

3. Once you get to Google Flights, click on the departure date box to open up the calendar view and browse for the cheaper date combinations.

- Look for the dates that are in the $600s roundtrip.

TIP: For the August dates, try selecting a departure date of August 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, or 18. Depending on the destination, they are not always easy to find, and you may need to try a few different dates.

Also have a look at late August to early September, over Labour Day. Some destinations are showing cheap prices in this date range as well.

I've posted some more detailed info about Christmas dates below.

- From Google Flights you can sometimes click through to the airline's website to book these.

4. Or, if you want to book them for quite a bit less ...

- Go to Momondo

- Search for a flight from Seattle to your destination.

- Use the same dates you found on Google Flights.

IMPORTANT: Momondo is showing you the price in $CAD, but many of the booking sites showing these fares are in $USD when you go to actually book them - so watch out for that.

TIP: On Google Flights, look for the flights where the overseas legs are operated by Lufthansa or Swiss or Air Canada (better than United Airlines).

TIP: Once your Momondo search completes, you may want to try clicking on '1 stop' on the left hand side. You may also want to try using the 'Max Flight Duration' slider on the left, and slide it down to around 40. This can help get rid of flights that are slightly cheaper, but way longer in duration.

The 'Time of Day' sliders on the left hand side of Momondo can also help with narrowing down the search results to the flights you found on Google Flights.

screenshot from Momondo



Some help with Christmas dates...

You may have noticed that Google Flights only shows dates up to December 31st.

Here are some dates you can try on Momondo over Christmas and into early January that aren't showing up on Google Flights.

Try Seattle (SEA) to...

Amsterdam, Netherlands (AMS) - Dec 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27 to Jan 3, 4, 5

Athens, Greece (ATH) - Dec 24, 25 to Jan 3

Barcelona, Spain (BCN) - Dec 24, 25 to Jan 3 and Dec 25 to Jan 2, 3, 4 and Dec 27 to Jan 2, 4

Berlin, Germany (TXL) - Dec 24, 25, 27 to Jan 3, 4

Brussels, Belgium (BRU) - Dec 22, 25 to Jan 1, 3, 5

Bucharest, Romania (OTP) - Dec 22 to Jan 1

Budapest, Hungary (BUD) - Dec 22, 25 to Jan 1, 3, 4 and Dec 27 to Jan 3, 4

Cologne, Germany (CGN) -- Dec 24 to Jan 3

Copenhagen, Denmark (CPH) -- Dec 24, 25 to Jan 1 and Dec 25 to Jan 2

Dublin, Ireland (DUB) - Dec 24, 25 to Jan 3, 4 and Dec 27 to Jan 5.

Hamburg, Germany (HAM) - Dec 22 to Jan 1, 5 and Dec 24 to Jan 2, 3 and Dec 27 to Jan 5

Helsinki, Finland (HEL) - Dec 26, 27 to Jan 3, 4 and Dec 28 to Jan 4

Kiev, Ukraine (IEV) - Dec 24 to Jan 2, 3

Krakow, Poland (KRK) - Dec 22, 25 to Dec 31, Jan 4

Lisbon, Portugal (LIS) - Dec 27 to Jan 4

Luxembourg (LUX) - Dec 24 to Jan 3

Lyon, France (LYS) - Dec 24 to Jan 3

Madrid, Spain (MAD) - Dec 23, 24, 25 to Jan 3, 4

Marseille, France (MRS) - Dec 25 to Jan 1

Milan, Italy (MXP) - Dec 23, 24, 25 to Jan 1, 3, 4, 5

Munich, Germany (MUC) - Dec 24, 25, 26 to Jan 3, 4 and Dec 27 to Jan 4

Nice, France (NCE) - Dec 24 to Jan 3 and Dec 27 to Jan 4

Nuremberg, Germany (NUE) - Dec 23, 24 to Jan 1, 2

Oporto, Portugal (OPO) - Dec 22, 27 to Jan 4

Oslo, Norway (OSL) - Dec 22 to Jan 1, 3 and Dec 25 to Jan 5

Paris, France (CDG) - Dec 22, 25 to Jan 1, 3 and Dec 27 to Jan 3

Prague, Czech Republic (PRG) - Dec 22, 25 to Dec 31, Jan 2, 4 and Dec 27 to Jan 2, 4

Rome, italy (FCO) - Dec 23, 24 to Jan 3 and Dec 25 to Jan 1, 3 and Dec 27 to Jan 3

Sarajevo, Bosnia & Herzegovina (SJJ) - Dec 24, 25, 26, 27 to Jan 3, 4

Shannon, Ireland (SNN) - Dec 24, 25, 26, 27 to Jan 3, 4, 5

Sofia, Bulgaria (SOF) - Dec 24 to Jan 3 and Dec 26, 27 to Jan 3, 4, 6

Stuttgart, Germany (STR) - Dec 24, 25 to Jan 1, 3

Toulouse, France (TLS) - Dec 26, 27 to Jan 3, 4

Venice, Italy (VCE) - Dec 24 to Jan 1, 2, 3 and Dec 25, 26 to Jan 2 and Dec 26, 27 to Jan 3

Vienna, Austria (VIE) - Dec 24, 25 to Jan 2, 3, 4

Warsaw, Poland (WAW) - Dec 24 to Jan 3

Zagreb, Croatia (ZAG) - Dec 24 to Jan 3, 4, 6 and Dec 25, 27 to Jan 6

Zurich, Switzerland (ZRH) - Dec 24 to Dec 31, Jan 2, 4 and Dec 25, 26 to Jan 2, 3, 4 and Dec 27 to Jan 3, 4

screenshot from Momondo



You can also fly into one European city, and then home from a different city - and keep the price about the same.

- First you should check to see if both cities you are interested in have cheap roundtrip flights available on Google Flights, and note when the cheaper dates are.

- For example, on Google Flights, if you can see that both Venice, Italy and Geneva, Switzerland have cheap roundtrip flights in the second half of September, you can try the following...

1. Go to Momondo

2. Change the Trip Type to Multi-City (not available on the mobile site)

3. Search for a flight like this one:

Seattle (SEA) to Venice, Italy (VCE)
Geneva, Switzerland (GVA) to Seattle (SEA)

Sep 17 to Sep 26

The flight between the two European cities is not included.

screenshot from Momondo



Update 2/7 - Most destinations have returned to their normal prices. There are still some destinations showing prices in the $500s CAD roundtrip...

1. Try starting with a Google Flights search...

Google Flights: Seattle to Amsterdam, Netherlands

- Change the destination to one of the following cities:

(listed in order of price, with the cheapest I've seen them on Momondo today)

Amsterdam, Netherlands (AMS) - $480
Milan, Italy (MXP) - $510
Paris, France (CDG) - $527
Lyon, France (LYS) - $531
Marseille, France (MRS) - $533
Venice, Italy (VCE) - $533
Rome, Italy (FCO) - $544
Nice, France (NCE) - $547
Toulouse, France (TLS) - $570

2. On Google Flights, click on the departure date box to open up the calendar view and browse for the cheaper date combinations.

- Look for the dates that are in the $600s roundtrip.

3. Go to Momondo

- Search for a flight from Seattle to your destination.

- Use the same dates you found on Google Flights.

screenshot from Momondo



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4 Responses to "Seattle to various places in Europe in the $500s CAD roundtrip | spring and fall travel, but also some in August and over Christmas"


    Has Robin been here?
       Robin on February 7th, 2018

    Thanks for another great tip, Chris! Just a note that searching for my flights to Croatia, I was seeing about $650. When I went through the first two booking sites (via momondo) the flights jumped to $1100 each. The third option (SmartFares) took my booking request and sent me confirmation the next morning that they booked the tickets.

    Now the weird part... mid-day I get a call from SmartFares trying to upsell me on some cancellation insurance. When I told him that I've got coverage with my amex, he hung up on me mid-sentence. Super strange behaviour, but screw it, the wife and I are going to Crotia for $1200!

    Has Chris Myden been here?
       Chris Myden on February 7th, 2018

    Thanks for the info Robin, definitely appreciated. Have a great time in Croatia!

    Has david been here?
       david on February 9th, 2018

    THANKS Chris. Snagged Madrid for CDN557. Best part is it took me to the AirCanada Site so no OLTA. It was double that for same flight out of YVR on AC.

    Has Elena  been here?
       Elena on February 9th, 2018

    My husband and I booked 3 tickets to Belgrade for 2033 CDN. However, when we tried to book on Lufthansa site the prices would jump up but when we went to Expedia we were able to buy it for 677 each.

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