Europe & International Flight Deals
South America Flights Through Winter, R/T
Fare deals from California, Washington DC, Florida and NYCExpires: 03-24-2017LATAM Airlines
Winter Fares to Select Europe Cities (R/T)
Deals to Amsterdam, Madrid, Copenhagen, Berlin and more from across the U.S.Expires: 04-14-2017KLM Royal Dutch Airlines
International Flight Deals
Make your dream trip fit into a reasonable travel budget by booking your international flight wisely with these smart strategies.
Best Time for Cheap International Flights
Each destination has its own high and low seasons that impact the average price of airfare during a particular period. For destinations in North and Central America, September is the cheapest time to travel. South America's low season falls in May and October. If you're headed to Europe, the cheapest time to fly out of North America is between the middle of January and the end of February. If you can't fit your travel itinerary into these windows, you can still shave a little off your overall flight expense by picking the right days of the week. Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays are the cheapest times to travel. Flights that take place during the dinner hour or overnight are cheaper as well.
When to Buy Cheap International Flights
The time you shop for your flight is almost as important as the days when you actually fly. The best time to shop for cheap international flights is on Tuesday at 3 p.m. Eastern time. Airlines typically release their sales at this time, and competition is stiff for the best deal. International travelers should purchase their flights between 5 1/2 months and 90 days before their departure. If you're planning to travel during a peak season, such as summer vacation or the winter holiday season, buy your tickets two months in advance for the best deals. Airlines tend to discount their tickets as the travel date gets closer, but you don't want to get so close that you risk losing the chance to score a ticket at all.
Cheapest International Airports
If you have some flexibility with your airport, you can minimize your flight expense by choosing one of the more affordable international airports in the United States. Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International offers the cheapest flights on average. Conveniently located in Ohio, this airport is easily accessible to many Midwestern travelers. The second-cheapest international airport in the country is the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. Atlanta is the busiest airport in the world with over 100 million passengers passing through in 2015 alone. Atlanta is within a two-hour flight of 80 percent of the United States, so you may be able to book a cheap connecting flight and take off from Atlanta for your international travel. Chicago-O'Hare International, Philadelphia International, and Cleveland-Hopkins International are notable picks for their low prices as well.