It sounds paradoxical, but a trip to Europe could be a way to save money on traveling this year.
In the midst of a global scramble to Find ways to save money while travelinghotel prices fell in many European cities. According to travel experts, the average airfare from the United States has also fallen.
Another benefit for Americans? This month, The US dollar is on par with the euro for the first time in 20 years.
To make that happen, a three-night stay in a Paris hotel that costs 250 euros a night would cost around $767 today, compared with $841 in July 2019.
Lowest average airfare to Europe is down 15.1% year-on-year, follow a annual study of the online travel booking site CheapAir.com.
Based on a review of more than 24 million airline tickets this spring, flights to Europe from cities across the US cost an average of $908 this year, down from the $1,070 average. by 2021, according to the study.
According to research, travelers looking to find the cheapest flights to Italy can fly to Milan, where airfares are down more than 20%. Flights to Venice (-17%) and Rome (-14%) also fell, it said.
Flights to the most visited cities in Europe, such as London (-10%) and Paris (-9%), also fell, albeit to a lesser extent, while airfares to Dublin (-0.02%) was mostly unchanged, according to CheapAir.com.
According to the analysis, the discount also occurs on flights departing from most major US cities. One exception is Boston, where airfares increased 1.8% to $685 per ticket. However, that makes Boston the second cheapest US city to fly to Europe. Only New York is less expensive, with the average airfare to Europe this year at $636 per ticket.
The drop in airfares to Europe seems to have caught those behind the study off guard. They said they were “very surprised” by the results showing more low-cost flights to Europe than they expected.
Travelers looking for cheap flight tickets to Europe can visit “CheapAir.com’s” page.Schedule of summer flights to Europe 2022“It is estimated that the deep discount will begin again on September 4.
Many hotels are now more expensive than before the pandemic, especially in places like the Hamptons in New York; Maui, Hawaii; and Telluride, Colorado, according to the booking site Hotels.com.
But that is not the case in parts of Western Europe, the company said.
Melissa Dohmen, a spokeswoman for Hotels.com, said: “Hotels often raise prices when demand is high during the busy summer travel season. “But this year… it’s dialing in competition on rooms and rates in top destinations.”
In April, the company flagged Madrid ($135 per night) and Copenhagen ($210 per night) as attractive hotel rates for August holidays.
The travel agency Expedia says hotel prices in many European cities will be cheaper this August than they were before the pandemic.
With the exception of Nice, cities in Italy and France are absent from this list. According to a review by Hotels.com this summer, room rates in both countries have increased by 25%.
Conventional wisdom holds that domestic travel is more economical than international travel. But that has not been the case for two years in a row, according to travel insurance comparison tool Squaremouth.
As of mid-July, the average cost of a domestic trip was about $500 more than an international trip, according to company data.
But that is not true for all points. Among the most popular travel destinations this year, travelers are spending the most to go to Greece, followed by Italy and France, according to the company.
The average cost to visit Greece this year is around $7,600, according to Squaremouth’s assessment of thousands of travel insurance policies purchased between January and mid-June.
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The average nightly hotel price in Greece is $610 in Mykonos and $434 in Santorini, but as low as $204 in the Ionian Islands and $162 in Crete, according to travel booking website Holidu.
Athens is even cheaper. In April, the capital city of Greece was named one of the world’s highest rated city vacation for families of the Family Vacation Guide travel website, based on hotel fees, food, and visits to the Acropolis.
According to the site’s analysis, the average daily cost for a family to visit Amsterdam ($244) is more than double that of Istanbul ($122), while Stockholm was found to be $150 less on average. a day.
In contrast, Las Vegas ranks as the world’s most expensive city for family vacations, mainly because hotel rooms average $399 a night, according to the website.