It’s no secret that flights to Europe from Philly are generally a lot more expensive than the same flights from neighboring cities like New York and Newark. The reason is competition — Newark and JFK have more than a handful of flights to any one particular city, often by many different airlines. This drives the price of tickets down and is good for the consumer. Unfortunately, Philly tends to get the shaft since American basically monopolizes it.
Getting flights to cities like Rome or Athens in the $400-500s from Philly is nearly an impossible feat, but there are some cities where these types of prices are routine…
Due, in part, to Aer Lingus’ entry into Philadelphia, you can score sub-$500 round-trip tickets to Amsterdam. And no, these prices aren’t around for a limited time. There are MANY dates in the neighborhood of $480, with a stopover in Dublin.
Dreams of visiting Scotland? Don’t delay. Tickets barely ever reach above $600 round-trip from Philly. The best time to go if you want to take advantage of this superb pricing will be Fall-Spring. Once Spring hits, the prices start to rise with the temperature.
There’s never been a better time to visit Dublin! Aer Lingus showed up in Philly and completely smashed the competition, plummeting prices and giving travelers more options than ever before to affordably reach Europe. If you pay over $550 for a non-stop flight to Dublin, you’re a sucker. Astonishingly, I’m seeing flights under $500 non-stop with American, which is unheard of.
Portugal has been on my list for a while, so you better believe I’m going to take advantage of the low prices, which are often just a tick above $500 round-trip.
The unfortunate part about these flights is that you’ll almost always have to connect in Dublin, and your connection time could range from 1 hour to 12 hours. Either way, decide for yourself if it’s worth it, but being stuck in Dublin for half of a day isn’t the worst thing in the world.