Star Alliance member Turkish Airlines has plenty of low fares to Europe from California, in many instances in the $500s for round trip travel from LAX or SFO, and less than half the price of other airlines. But you won’t find these flights listed on Google Flights.
Kayak Explore and Turkish Airlines
Kayak Explore has captivated me this week as a great tool for locating low airfares around the world. Each day I find more deals through Kayak than simply looking at Google Flights. In conjunction, these two tools make finding low fare deals an easy task.
Kayak Explore set for Los Angeles LAX round trip flights at $610 or less in any month shows more than 30 airports with low fares.
Kayak Explore shows fares users found in searches from LAX to Europe in the past 48 hours. Click on the fare and the airline and dates of travel appear.
Most of these 30 or so fares from LAX to Europe seen on the Kayak Explore map are Turkish Airlines fares with Norwegian Airlines second, particularly for northern Europe and Scandinavia fares.
Turkish Airlines fares from LAX
- $604 Lisbon, Portugal LIS (April 13-20)
- $601 Porto, Portugal OPO (Feb 14-21)
- $590 Bordeaux, France BOD (April 22-June 12)
- $586 Budapest, Hungary BUD (Feb 11- Feb 14)
- $575 Venice, Italy VCE (March 10 – March 15)
- $578 Bari, Italy BRI (March 31 – April 13)
- $575 Luqa, Malta (Feb 27 – March 3)
- $570 Warsaw, Poland WAW (April 26 – May 26)
- $574 Lviv, Ukraine LWO (Mar 27 – Apr 17)
- $549 Luxembourg (LUX) (April 10-19)
- $570 Lyon, France LYS (April 1 – April 14)
Turkish Airlines fares from SFO
Many of the fares above are also available from SFO. Additional cities with fares under $600 round trip are listed below.
- $594 Marseille, France MRS (April 30 – June 6)
- $593 Hamburg, Germany HAM (March 8 – March 28)
- $565 Riga, Latvia RIX (Feb 19 – Mar 5)
- $562 Vilnius, Lithuania VNO (April 5 – May 24)
- $540 Moscow, Russia VKO (Jan 16 – Feb 18)
- $564 Adler, Russia AER (March 30 – April 5)
Norwegian Airlines fares from LAX
The next most common carrier for low fares on the Kayak Explore map is Norwegian Airlines.
- $467 Berlin, Germany SXF (Nov 16-22)
- $484 London, UK LGW (Nov 24 – Dec 1)
- $484 Barcelona, Spain BCN (Oct 22 – Nov 10)
- $513 Madrid, Spain MAD (April 18 – April 25)
- $543 Amsterdam, Netherlands AMS (Mar 2- Mar 29)
- $545 Prague, Czech Republic PRG (Oct 12-Oct 19)
- $565 Malaga, Spain AGA (Sep 7 – Sep 21)
Important to Note Kayak Explore limitations
Kayak Explore works by showing fares users have found in searches during the previous 48 hours. There is no certainty that the low fare shown is still available. Kayak Explore is basically a good tool to get a big picture view of low airfares.
The advantage of Kayak Explore is it shows fares from Turkish Airlines. Google Flights is useless when it comes to finding low fares from Turkish Airlines. Google Flights and SkyScanner.com will help fine tune your searches for deals seen on Kayak Explore.
Using the departure date of April 22 for the $590 fare seen in the Kayak Explore map for LAX-BOD Bordeaux, France, I found a fare for $610 round trip on a 9-day trip for April 22-May 1, 2016.
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