Decrease in European Airfare for American Travellers has published its latest year-over-year study, analyzing over 24 million flights to Europe to identify how much airfare has changed since this time last year. With inflation impacting travel costs for much of 2022, it is a pleasant surprise that international airfare to Europe is down 15.1% with the lowest average price coming in at $908 as compared to $1,070 last year. The study also revealed that airfares to Europe are cheaper from almost every U.S. city, with the exception of Boston and New York. 

According to the study, the top five U.S. cities with the best departure value compared to 2021 include: 

  1. Phoenix, AZ with a 25% decrease 
  2. Charlotte, NC with a 23.4% decrease   
  3. Dallas, TX with a 23% decrease  
  4. Memphis, TN with a 22.5% decrease  
  5. Milwaukee, WI with a 20.8% decrease 

The study also notes that the top three European destinations with the biggest savings compared to 2021 include: 

  1. Milan, Italy with a 21% decrease  
  2. Munich, Germany with a 19% decrease 
  3. Brussels, Belgium with a 18% decrease  

For additional savings, travelers can follow these tips on how to get the best airfares to Europe: 

  • Utilize the Europe Summer Flights calendar to check specific itineraries for the best deals.  
  • Plan ahead and book flights early. According to the International Airfare Study of 2022, book a flight to Europe approximately 79 days on average from the departure date for the best deal.   
  • Protect your purchase with Price Drop Payback, which reimburses customers up to $100 per airline ticket if prices drop after purchase. 
  • Spread out upfront costs with monthly payments on flights. * 
  • Consider flying to Europe in the off-season of September and October with nice weather and summer crowds long gone.  

*Payment options through Affirm are subject to eligibility, may not be available in all states, and are provided by these lending partners: CA residents: Loans by Affirm Loan Services, LLC are made or arranged pursuant to a California Finance Lenders Law license. 


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