HOT FARE: West Coast to Europe for $439 Roundtrip

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Star Alliance carriers United, Air Canada, and Austrian Airlines have a $439 roundtrip fare between San Francisco and Vienna for October departures. You’ll fly from San Francisco to a United or Air Canada hub where you’ll connect to an Austrian Airlines flight.

A Saturday night stay is required and then you can return when you wish. There’s a $300 change fee as you’d expect with most discounted international tickets.

Vienna Hofburg Imperial Palace at night, Copyright tomas1111 / 123RF Stock Photo

Most booking sites will show you fares starting at $504, for instance here’s an availability calendar from ITA Software:

However airfare metasearch site Momondo will help you find even better pricing than that.

Vienna is great in its own right. You can’t quite do it in a night, or as quickly as you might walk Amsterdam, but you can see highlights on a Before Sunrise tour. (If the video below doesn’t show a preview, just hit play.)

If you don’t fancy Vienna, it’s still a good opportunity because the two European capitals closest to each other are Vienna and Bratislava (Slovakia). Bratislava is a major hub for European low cost flights, and is often sold ‘as’ Vienna by those airlines. So head to Vienna and take off from there as well. It’s a great fare for fall travel!

(HT: Secret Flying)

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  1. @Gary:
    Are all these airfare sales to Europe – practically daily – causing you to update your priors on the immigration & refugee problems Europe is facing? I can’t find the post(s) right now, but I remember you writing with some disdain in the recent past about fear of “furners” or “xenophobia” or some such irrational motivators. Do you think that the influx of refugees and the multiple attacks the people of Europe are suffering is having an impact on Americans’ willingness to travel there? And do you still view the attendant anti-immigrant feelings as phobias of one sort or another, or as justified concerns?

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