Jul032016

Summer Fare Condor deal is much bigger than $170 PDX-FRA one way, more low fares from dozens of USA airports

Today there are fare deals on The Flight Deal and SecretFlying about Condor $169 one way flights in July from Portland PDX. While you may think this article is another rehash of the same old deals, I plan to go quite a bit deeper into Condor than those fare deal sites and look at many routes from USA/Canada with low one-way fares for July departures. There are 10 airports in California with Condor ticket prices from $221 to $270 one way in July.

Nice to see The Flight Deal gave a HT to the FlyerTalk poster who alerted flyers to this fare yesterday.

In a follow-up article I will show how you might find a better deal at comparable prices using other airlines offering one way ticket prices that come with a bounty of frequent flyer miles too. Basically I will focus on one way ticket strategies for USA to Europe in a couple of articles today.

Condor Airlines, Germany airline division of Thomas Cook

Condor is a charter service of Thomas Cook operating mostly summer seasonal flights from several USA and Canada airports to Frankfurt, Germany and Manchester, UK. The basic deal here is Condor must have lots of vacant seat capacity for July departures since fares are rock bottom one way to Frankfurt from all over the USA and Canada.

Advantages and Disadvantages of One Way Fares to Europe in July

While one way ticket prices of $170 from Portland PDX to Frankfurt are a great airfare deal, just be aware that getting a frequent flyer ticket back from Europe in late July can be a real challenge and finding a budget airfare deal from Europe to the USA in July is something it took me from November to April to find for my summer travel plans this year when I needed to return to California from Europe in late July. Many Europeans get long August vacations and one-way fares back to the USA with Condor, Norwegian, Icelandair, WestJet and WOW are generally priced over $500.

One strategy I suggest is looking for a round trip ticket from Europe to the USA in mid-August when low fares start to appear. You can probably find something for around $500 from Dublin or Stockholm to California, Vancouver or wherever and have your next ticket to Europe in hand for a future trip. This is precisely why I needed a ticket from Europe to California in late July since I booked a $500 round trip from Stockholm, Sweden to San Francisco for a flight last November after Thanksgiving that takes me back to Stockholm this month for the Travel Blog Exchange TBEX conference. Getting a ticket back to California in July was a challenge and eventually I located a ticket in late April from Stavanger, Norway to San Francisco flying home in late July and returning to Norway in September for $570 round trip.

Dublin and Stockholm, and possibly Spain or Portugal are good places for low round trip fares back to the USA. Airfare from Stockholm to San Francisco drops to low to mid-$500s round trip for departures in mid-August. Dublin has similar fares flying Virgin Atlantic. You can schedule a return flight for Thanksgiving vacation or some other time between Sep and December, possibly even into 2017.

Where Condor Flies in USA and Canada

When I was at the U.S. Travel Association IPW conference last month in New Orleans, one of the big pieces of news was Condor begins nonstop service between New Orleans and Frankfurt in May 2017, making this route the first nonstop to Europe from New Orleans.

Here is a useful list of U.S. and Canada cities where Condor flies nonstop between Frankfurt or Manchester and the USA/Canada and low fare dates for July departures one way to Europe.

Condor routes USA – Frankfurt

  • Anchorage ANC  $300 USD one way July 12, 16, 17, prices rise to $600s in August.
  • Austin AUS  $320 one way July 11, Aug 29, Sep 1
  • Baltimore BWI $280 one way July 8, 10, 12, 15, 17, 19, 22, Aug 2, 14, 26, 28, 30
  • Fairbanks FAI  $390 one way July 7, 14
  • Las Vegas LAS  $240 one way July 15-17, 23, 29-31 (daily service, but lowest fares in July).
  • Minneapolis MSP $390 one way July 7
  • New Orleans MSY (service begins May 2017)
  • Portland PDX  $170 one way July 5, 8, 10, 12, 15-17, 19, 23, 24, 26, 29-31
  • Providence PVD  $180 USD one way July 21, 28
  • Seattle SEA $210 one way July 26, many dates in July $230-$250.

Condor Routes USA – Manchester UK

  • Boston BOS $270 USD July 22, Aug 5, Sep 8-9
  • Miami MIA $470-$480 July 10, 14, 17 (no deals on this route)
  • There is a useful low fare calendar function to quickly see fares one month at a time. 

PDX-FRA $170 Condor July 7

An interesting feature of this Condor low $170 one way fare PDX – FRA is when you search for round trip tickets, the outbound PDX-FRA flight more than doubles in price to a minimum $370, while the inbound flight FRA-PDX is a whopping $720 to $790 low fare for a return in July for a total ticket price $1,000+. This deal is only good for one-way to Frankfurt in July. You have to wait until Aug 26 to Aug 30 for ticket prices one way FRA-PDX to drop down to 370 EUR = $412 USD.

$582 round trip Portland to Frankfurt is a great summer fare deal, if you have the ability to spend one month in Europe.

PDX – FRA Condor Low Fare Calendar July 2016 offers several $170 one way tickets

Condor PDX-FRA July 2016 Low Fare Calendar

FRA – PDX Condor Low Fare Calendar August 2016

Condor FRA-PDX Aug Low Fare Calendar

PDX – FRA round trip July 31 – Aug 26 prices at $582 USD all-in when purchased as two one-way tickets.

Condor routes Canada – Frankfurt

Calgary $160 USD July 5, 6, 8, 12, 13, 15, 19, 20, 22, 26, 27 (prices rise to $400s/$500s Aug-Sep).

Halifax $260 USD July 5, 7, 9, 12, 15, 16, 19, 21, 23, 26

Toronto $300 USD July 6, 8, 10, 11, 13, 17, 18, 20, 22, 24, 25, 27, 31, Aug 1, 3, 5,

Vancouver $160 USD July 4, 6, 9, 10, 11, 13, 16-18, 20, 21, 23-25, 27, 28 (lowest return FRA-YVR $650 USD one-way July 22)

Whitehorse $260 USD July 11. 16, 18, 21, 25, 28 (This is Sunday only nonstop route, with other dates using WestJet to Vancouver for Condor flight).

Condor partners with Alaska Airlines, Sun Country SY and Westjet for connecting domestic flights from many other cities in the USA/Canada.

Dallas – Frankfurt $310 one way July 17 uses Alaska Airlines to connect to Portland PDX.

Condor AS connector DFW-PDX-FRA

Denver – Frankfurt $317 one way July 14 uses Sun Country for DEN – MSP Minneapolis to connect to Condor flight.

DEN-FRA $317 Condor-Sun Country connection

There are many other USA cities with low July fares to Frankfurt.

Low fare one way Condor tickets to Frankfurt are available from 13 California airports using Alaska Airlines connections to Portland PDX Condor flight.

$221 one way Oakland – Frankfurt via Portland PDX  July 12, 19, 24

$243 one way Fresno – Frankfurt via Portland PDX  July 12, 16, 19, 24, 26, 30, 31

$270 – $280 one way Los Angeles – Frankfurt via   July 12, 16, 17, 19, 23, 24, 26, 30, 31

$250 – $300 one way Long Beach – Frankfurt via Portland PDX $250 July 31; $300 one way July 12, 16, 17, 19, 23, 24, 26, 29, 30

$233 one way Palm Springs Frankfurt via Portland PDX $233 one way July 23, 30

$299 one way Burbank – Frankfurt via Portland PDX July 12, 24, 31

$240 – $250 one way Sacramento – Frankfurt via Portland PDX $240 – 250 one way July 12, 17, 19, 23, 24, 26, 29-31

$250 – $270 one way San Diego – Frankfurt via Portland PDX $250 one way July 19, 23, 26, 30; $270 one way: July 12, 15-17, 24, 29, 31

$230 – $260 one way San Francisco – Frankfurt via Portland PDX $230 one way: July 12, 19, 23, 26, 30, 31; $260 one way: July 16, 17, 24

$240 one way San Jose – Frankfurt via Portland PDX $240 one way: July 12, 17, 19, 23, 24, 26, 31

Santa Ana/Orange County – Frankfurt via Portland PDX $240 one way: July 12, 17, 19, 23, 24, 26, 31

Santa Rosa and Santa Barbara also have Condor tickets with one way prices in $300s for July departures.

Similar deals are available from Arizona, Nevada and many Pacific Northwest airports in Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington.

Condor Extra Fees?

Condor fees

Economy Class tickets include:

  • One checked bag up to 23kg/50 lb.
  • One carry-on bag up to 6kg/13.2 lb.
  • In flight meal.

You might want to wait for my next article before booking your Condor ticket if earning frequent flyer miles on top of a low fare one way deal to Europe is important to you.

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  1. Another airline worth checking is JetAirfly. Right now they have summer one-way fares from Brussels to Miami/Orlando for ~USD 420. However, it wont’ help you get back to west coast.

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