Jun302016

California airfares back to normal at $1,200 round trip to Europe

The last few days were one of those periods when airfares in California were anomalously lower from regional airports like my hometown Monterey MRY, with lower airline ticket prices to Europe than airfare from Los Angeles LAX and San Francisco SFO/San Jose SJC. These kinds of fare sales have happened a couple times this year for brief periods.

I try not to sound like I work for the airline and make Loyalty Traveler exclamations like “Hurry!, Buy Now!, Don’t miss this deal!” I have no incentive to encourage people to buy airline tickets. My objective is simply to keep readers aware of some good deals I see.

This morning I don’t see any of those deals for $530 tickets to Ireland or $600 tickets to Spain from California airports like Monterey and Sacramento and Santa Barbara.

Loyalty Traveler – Fare Alert California regional airports $530 Dublin round trip, $600s much of Europe (June 28).

Loyalty Traveler – AA, DL, UA $500s-600s major USA nationwide to Europe fare sale Aug-Mar 2017 (June 27).

Fares from California regional airports to Europe are far higher today than the past few days. Fares from Los Angeles and San Francisco are once again back to $600s and $700s for the lowest priced airports in Europe. WOW and Norwegian are once again the lowest priced airline tickets from LAX, SFO and OAK. The normal order of airfare dynamic pricing for California to Europe has been restored for now.

Google Flights San Diego – Europe Oct 4-11, mostly airfares in $1,200s

4am Pacific June 30.

Google Flights SAN-Europe $1200 Oct 4-11

Google Flights Los Angeles LAX – Europe Oct 4-11, mostly airfares in upper $600s to $800s

4am Pacific June 30.

Google Flights LAX-Europe Star Oct 4-11 $800s

Google Flights Monterey MRY – Europe Oct 3-10 mostly airfares in $500s/$600s

7:30am Mon June 27 (72 hours ago).

Google Flights MRY-Europe Oct3-10 UA

“A nationwide fare sale to Europe from across the USA like today’s sale is one that has happened fewer than 10 days in the past year. This is the most extensive fare sale to Europe this month from across the USA.” – Loyalty Traveler – June 27.

What a difference a day makes in the cost of travel!

We might have to wait a few months before we see another massive fare sale like the one that just expired, or it could be back tomorrow. The airlines keep us guessing, but one thing is for sure. Airfare deals have been coming with increasing frequency in recent weeks.

Loyalty Traveler curated Airfare Deals and Google Flights and Kayak Explore tutorials.

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About Ric Garrido

Ric Garrido of Monterey, California started Loyalty Traveler in 2006 for traveler education on hotel and air travel, primarily using frequent flyer and frequent guest loyalty programs for bargain travel. Loyalty Traveler joined BoardingArea.com in 2008.

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