Book them right away.
Feeling the sting of summer being over? As you pack up the three-day weekend and get ready for the week ahead, it’s time to start thinking about your next vacation. In what feels like perfect timing, roundtrip flights to Europe are in the $400 to $500 price range today.
The price drop is concentrated on flights departing the U.S. on New Year’s Eve, though it isn’t limited to one city or airline. Scott Keyes aggregated the cheapest ticket prices for flights headed to Paris, Rome, Dublin, Zurich, Brussels, and Geneva on December 30 and 31 for his site Scott’s Cheap Flights. Highlights include New York to Paris for $490 on Aer Lingus, and New York to Rome on Air Canada for $421 (it looks like all Rome-bound flights are currently under $500, anyway).
If you aren’t afraid of cold weather, these are some of the best European cities to visit in the winter. Since the deals mean your trip would fall in the first week of January, you’ll experience less crowds than usual and have more of a reason to linger in cafés.
To book: Go to the Google Flights calendar and plug in your departure city and dates (the best deals are currently for December 30 or 31 to January 8. Fares will vary depending on where you’re originating and where you’re headed, but the ones highlighted in green are the cheapest. To confirm that Google is displaying the absolute best price, cross-check your results on Momondo.com—the cheapest flight there will appear at the top of the list. Most of the flights in this deal have one stop, but if you’re looking for non-stop (there’s a non-stop flight from New York to Rome), change the filter setters to “non-stop.” Keyes predicts that the deals will last a day or two, so don’t wait and book them now.