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How To: Flexible Dates Search for Airfare

With October in full swing, many travelers are thinking about buying their airfare for Thanksgiving. You may have read my post on the Cheapest Days to Fly over Thanksgiving, but do you know the most efficient way to find that cheap airfare? It’s called the Flexible Dates Search tool, and it only takes a few clicks.

There are a couple of ways to go about using Flexible Dates Search. (See…even the tool is flexible!) The first option is for the ultra flexible traveler. It allows you to search a wide range of dates to find the cheapest fare if, say, you know you just want to travel during the fall, but you don’t care exactly when you go.

Strange Shores: Challenging the Notion of a Beach

Defined simply, a beach is the shore of a body of water. That doesn’t necessarily mean that a beach has to have sand, umbrellas, and sunburned vacationers in order to quality as a beach. With a planet covered in so much water, we’re lucky to live in a world where beaches are plentiful and varied. Some of my favorite shoreline experiences challenge the notion of what a beach vacation should be.

Take this beach in Iceland, for example, where the sands are jet black:

At this next beach in Michigan, the grass makes its way almost to the waterline:

How Do I Get Cheap Airfare to Europe?

Dear Editors,

I’m searching for cheap flights to Europe. What are good locations to depart from and fly to in order to find the best deals?

Brett

 


 

Dear Brett,

First of all, you’re very savvy to plan your trip to Europe in the fall rather than the more popular summer season. Fall in Europe is just delightful for museum hopping, city-street strolling and cafe hanging. You can expect fewer crowds, shorter lines and, best of all, lower prices.

I’m searching for cheap flights to Europe. What are good locations to depart from and fly to in order to find the best deals

First of all, you’re very savvy to plan your trip to Europe in the fall rather than the more popular summer season. Fall in Europe is just delightful for museum hopping, city-street strolling and cafe hanging. You can expect fewer crowds, shorter lines and, best of all, lower prices.

You’re more likely to get a deal on airfare if, first and foremost, if you know what constitutes a “deal.” Average fall airfare to Western Europe from the United States this fall is $1,081, so if you see a fare in that general price range, you’re doing pretty well. You didn’t indicate what destination you were most interested in, but here are the average fares to a few of the top European destinations: Italy ($1,134), Great Britain ($1,132), France ($1,127) and Germany ($1,078).