Demand for travel remains strong, but with on-board prices rising, travelers are looking to save on their trips.
International airfares from the US in November 2022 were up 31% from the previous year, according to data recently released by Deloitte.
Still, more people said they plan to travel abroad over the holidays, and the company expects such trips to increase throughout the year.
With the dollar still strong, Europe is a popular destination for travelers from the US, and while international airfares are expensive, there are deals and competition between low-cost carriers to cross the pond on the cheap.
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The landscape has changed since before the pandemic, so if you haven’t been looking for a transatlantic deal in a while, here are some players to keep tabs on. Note that being low-cost carriers, the cheapest fares may not include meal service, checked baggage or other amenities, but check with the airline for specific conditions and purchase options.
Norwegian low-cost carrier operates Boeing 787 aircraft with two-class service and seatback entertainment for all.
The airline currently serves New York, Fort Lauderdale, Florida and Los Angeles in the US, as well as direct service to London, Paris, Oslo, Norway and Berlin, with an expansion to Rome in June and connections to other European cities. As well as.
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This Iceland-based low-cost carrier routes passengers from North America to Europe via its Reykjavík hub, meaning you’ll need to connect to get anywhere but Iceland.
In North America, Play serves Baltimore, Boston, New York (Stuart) and Washington (Dullas) and Toronto.
European destinations include Athens, Greece, Barcelona, Spain, Lisbon, Portugal and Prague.
Play operates a fleet of single-aisle Airbus A320-family aircraft.
The oldest operator on this list, French Bay, uses Airbus A350s to connect Newark, New Jersey, Miami, Los Angeles and San Francisco to Paris (Orly).
Like the Norse Atlantic, the French Bee has seat-back entertainment for every passenger and is arranged in a two-class configuration. Quarter cabin seats are also available in economy class at an additional cost.
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Mainline carriers sometimes have deals, so if you’re definitely planning to take a European holiday, it’s worth using tools like Kayak, Skyscanner or Google Flights to compare prices. Buying an all-inclusive (or more) fare can be more cost-effective, especially if you’re bringing luggage.