Here is a list of airports in 11 European countries where one or more of the major alliance airlines American, Delta, United and their partners have fares under $500 round trip with several of these countries offering tickets under $400 round trip to Los Angeles LAX and many other airports in the western USA and across the country.
While these are standard ticket purchases for flyers living in Europe, my purpose in outlining these fares is for American residents who want to take advantage of these low fares to make multiple trips to Europe. The real deal here is two-fold. You can fly from a European city to the USA and return months later for the same low price. The other aspect of this major Europe to USA fare sale is the option of open-jaw tickets, meaning you can fly from one European country back to USA and a few months later return on your open-jaw ticket to a different country in Europe for the same or similarly low fare.
American Airlines Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain TFS – San Francisco SFO – Riga, Latvia RIX
$464 round trip open-jaw ticket Tue Oct 4 – Tue Nov 18 (Change of airport LGW-LHR and also overnight in London)
Fares shown below are sampled using European City (e.g. Barcelona BCN) to Los Angeles LAX using various dates from September to March 2017 with stays in USA from one week to five months before return to Europe.
This means getting yourself to Europe in September on low fare carrier like Norwegian or WOW or use frequent flyer miles for one way ticket to Europe.
Fly back to LAX (or wherever you live in USA) and return to Europe Thanksgiving week. These fares are similar for most dates from September 2016 to early April 2017 and probably within $30 for dozens of routes from the European airport to cities across the USA.
Google Flights Fare Map for Rome FCO – Los Angeles LAX Sep 24 – Nov 19
reveals widespread low fares to many USA airports.
- Rome – Los Angeles $388 round trip British Airways
- Rome – Dallas DFW $382
- Rome – Denver $390
- Rome – Seattle $398
- Rome – St. Louis $398
- Rome – Minneapolis $407
- Rome – Las Vegas $411
- Rome – Salt Lake City $412
- Rome – Phoenix $416
- Rome – Portland PDX $416
- Rome – San Francisco $417
Vienna VIE – Los Angeles
Salzburg SZG – Los Angeles LAX
Brussels BRU – Los Angeles LAX
Tallinn TLL – Los Angeles LAX
Helsinki HEL – Los Angeles LAX
Dublin DUB – Los Angeles LAX
Cork ORK – Los Angeles LAX
Rome FCO – Los Angeles LAX
Milan MIL – Los Angeles LAX
$397 American or British Airways Oct 4 – Nov 19
Riga RIX – Los Angeles LAX
$377 American Sep 20 – Dec 6 ($359 fares if change airport LGW-LHR)
Amsterdam AMS – Los Angeles LAX
$432 American Sep 21 – Nov 19 ($418 with London change of airport)
Northern Ireland, UK
Belfast BFS – Los Angeles LAX
Oslo OSL – Los Angeles LAX
$556 United Sep 12 – Feb 1 (visit Norway in summer and again in ski season. Tickets under $500 for fall travel Sep-Oct)
Bergen BGO – Los Angeles LAX
$588 KLM Sep 12 – Feb 1 (This is relatively higher fare, but shows potential to separate return by 5 months for return trip to Europe.)
Spain has wide open opportunities with numerous airports on sale in upper $300s/low $400s with Oneworld Alliance airlines American, British Airways and Iberia. I showed the potential for open-jaw travel from Spain with Tenerife, Canary Islands and Riga, Latvia – two destinations separated by 2,800 miles. Of course, planning open-jaw travel to Spain alone should logistically be far simpler travel planning.
Here are some sample routes for Spain. Other airports in Spain likely have similarly low fares.
Barcelona BCN – Los Angeles LAX
Madrid MAD – Los Angeles LAX
Palma, Mallorca PMI – Los Angeles LAX – Madrid, Spain MAD open-jaw ticket.
Fly from Mallorca to Los Angeles in September and back to Madrid in November for a second European vacation for $403 round trip. Book a third trip with another ticket back to LAX in November, then back to Europe in 2017 on the return flight to Spain or somewhere else on an open-jaw itinerary.
How long can you keep this up?
Personally I have done this seven times in past year buying and flying Europe-California round trip low fare tickets.
Fares in low-$500s for travel to USA:
No Low Fare Deals to USA, Mostly $600s to $800s:
UK, except Belfast