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"I'm a travel junkie who's hooked on deals from YYC." - Chris Myden



2016
27
June
Madness from Calgary to Europe, Tunisia, and Morocco! Insane prices to many, many places in the $400s and $500s roundtrip including taxes

Europe, Tunisia, and Morocco

KLM and Air France dropped the prices from Calgary to virtually everywhere they fly in Europe, Tunisia, and Morocco down into the $500s roundtrip including taxes today.

The list of destinations below will continue to grow. Refresh the blog post for the latest.

If it's on the map above, it's probably on sale.

Availability for travel

Mostly October, November 2016, but also some in September, and in January, February, March 2017, depending on the destination.

In Europe, you may want to focus on the destinations that are further south, as the weather will still be warmer in the fall.

How to find and book this deal

1. Try one of the following Google Flights searches to look for available dates:

Calgary to...

(prices are roundtrip, in $CAD, including taxes)

Dublin, Ireland - $438 ($338 using Flight Centre promo)

Barcelona, Spain - $446 ($346 using Flight Centre promo)

Bilbao, Spain - $448

Istanbul, Turkey - $514 ($414 using Flight Centre promo)

Lisbon, Portugal - $533 ($433 using Flight Centre promo)

Amsterdam, Netherlands - $550 ($450 using Flight Centre promo) non-stop

London, England - $553 ($453 using Flight Centre promo)

Warsaw, Poland - $597

Bucharest, Romania - $546

Sofia, Bulgaria - $547

Ljubljana, Slovenia - $577

Marrakesh, Morocco - $546

Zagreb, Croatia - $557

Tunis, Tunisia - $560

Belgrade, Serbia - $564

Athens, Greece - $572 ($472 using Flight Centre promo)

Casablanca, Morocco - $585

Paris, France - $586 ($486 using Flight Centre promo)

Rome, Italy - $601 ($501 using Flight Centre promo)

2. Click through to Air France or KLM for booking.

These can also be found on ITravel2000 or Flight Network or FlightHub or Expedia and countless other booking sites.

screenshot from FlightHub



Theoretically, you may also be able to book some of these destinations through the current Flight Centre promotion for $100 CAD off of international flights, for some *really* insane prices

The follow destinations in Europe are a part of the Flight Centre promotion:

Amsterdam, Athens, Barcelona, Copenhagen, Dublin, Istanbul, Lisbon, London, Paris, Rome

For more info on the Flight Centre promotion, check out this blog post.

Free stopovers in Amsterdam or Paris

It's generally possible to get a free stopover in Amsterdam using KLM, or in Paris using Air France.

Below are some more destinations in Europe that *may* be available in the $400s to $600s roundtrip including taxes.

It's overwhelming to list them all, so I've focused on destinations that are either further south in Europe (warmer in September, October, November), or just popular places in general.

It's impossible to verify that the prices are bookable for every destination. Have a look on Google Flights, and try booking either from Google Flights to the airline's website, or through the third party booking sites mentioned below:

Expedia, FlightHub, FlightNetwork, ITravel2000 or Momondo

(Even when Google Flights can't seem to find a way to book it for the displayed price, it's worth trying the booking sites above, as they may be able to).

In some cases, the flights may be through British Airways, with a change of airport required, so watch out for that.

Clicking on a destination will take you to a Google Flights search. Open the calendar to view other dates.

They are listed in the order of price that I've generally been seeing them from Canadian departure cities, starting with the cheapest:

Algiers, Algeria (Northern Africa)

Alicante, Spain

Helsinki, Finland

Cork, Ireland

Shannon, Ireland

Belfast, Ireland

Krakow, Poland

Malaga, Spain

Oporto, Portugal

Prague, Czech Republic

Seville, Spain

Thessaloniki, Greece

Copenhagen, Denmark - (can use Flight Centre promo)

Budapest, Hungary

Ibiza, Spain

Larnaca, Cyprus

Palma, Majorca, Spain

London, United Kingdom - (can use Flight Centre promo)

Izmir, Turkey

Paris, France (can use Flight Centre promo)

Geneva, Switzerland

Venice, Italy

Glasgow, Scotland

Amsterdam, Netherlands (can use Flight Centre promo)

Zurich, Switzerland

Manchester, United Kingdom

Nice, France

Tirana, Albania

Bologna, Italy

Rabat, Morocco

Toulouse, France

Florence, Italy

Naples, Italy

Marseilles, France

Basel, Switzerland

Pisa, Italy

Vienna, Austria

Newcastle, England

Nice, France

Turin, Italy

Bordeaux, France

Milan, Italy

Faro, Portugal

Catania, Italy

Rome, Italy (can use FlightCentre promo)

Cagliari, Italy

Edinburgh, Scotland

Lyon, France

Munich, Germany

Tenerife, Spain (Canary Islands)

Nantes, France

Lumqa, Malta

Split, Croatia

TIP: Even though Google Flights only shows prices up to May 2017...

... you can book flights through FlightHub using dates up to about the third week of June 2017.

There are some pretty cheap prices starting to appear for May and June 2017 travel to Europe.

example: Calgary - Barcelona, Spain for $621 CAD roundtrip including taxes. Or Calgary to Athens, Greece for $675 roundtrip. May 17 to 31, 2017.

Any destination in Europe would be worth trying at the moment.

I'm not sure if Flight Centre is able to book the late May / June 2017 flights or not. Their online calendar does not go that far ahead, but perhaps it's possible over the phone.



Non-stop flights from Calgary to Amsterdam or London are potentially available for as low as $439 to $489 CAD roundtrip including taxes

Air Canada has dropped their non-stop flights from Calgary to London (LHR), England down to $599 CAD roundtrip including taxes in September and October 2016. With the Flight Centre promo, it should be possible to book these flights for $499.

Google Flights search: Calgary to London, non-stop

Non-stop flights from Calgary to Amsterdam, Netherlands for $550 CAD roundtrip including taxes are available in late August, September, October, November, and December 2016. And January to March 2017. With the Flight Centre promo, it should be possible to book these flights for $450.

Google Flights search: Calgary to Amsterdam, non-stop

6/28 - Morning update

Still seeing the low prices this morning. It's worth trying Expedia, FlightHub, FlightNetwork, ITravel2000 or Momondo, even when Google Flights doesn't provide a booking option.

Added a few more destinations to the list above that have been showing up with low prices...

Izmir, Turkey
Geneva, Switzerland
Glasgow, Scotland
Manchester, England
Nice, France
Basel, Switzerland

The Star Alliance (Air Canada, Lufthansa, etc) started matching prices yesterday evening. You can try setting the 'Star Alliance' filter in Google Flights to see what's available (it's under 'Airline').

Spain, Portugal, Greece, and Croatia have been the most popular choices to book with this deal.

6/29 @ 11:40 PM MST - To most destinations, the prices on Google Flights have gone back up

This is probably a sign that the deal is ending.

At the moment, relatively low prices in the $400s and $500s roundtrip are still verifying on Expedia from Calgary to Barcelona. The situation may be the same for other destinations. This likely won't last too much longer!

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23 Responses to "Madness from Calgary to Europe, Tunisia, and Morocco! Insane prices to many, many places in the $400s and $500s roundtrip including taxes"


    Has Samuel Amankwa been here?
       Samuel Amankwa on June 27th, 2016

    How can we get deals for a specific country?. Example England?

    Has Chris P. been here?
       Chris P. on June 27th, 2016

    It seems as though none of these prices are available in winter 2017? Google Flights won't let me look past May 2017 for any of the destinations and at that point the prices are all normal.

    It would be terrific to book this for next year at this price.

    Would anyone have any suggestions for how I can do this? Specifically for Serbia in Winter 2017?

    Thank-you!

    Has Sam been here?
       Sam on June 27th, 2016

    Just booked Calgary Barcelona Madrid Calgary for $523 per person. Amazing. Thanks YYCDEALS Calgary. Costs about same to fly Calgary Toronto summertime. Flying KLM Airlines end of August to mid September.

    Has Us been here?
       Us on June 27th, 2016

    None of these places work for 2017 - any help would be great.

    Has Harsha been here?
       Harsha on June 27th, 2016

    Just booked YYC - Istanbul 440$

    540$ KLM/Delta
    Booked with Flightcentre (100$ off)

    March 30 - April 17 2017

    Yes this deal is still on for 2017 as well!

    FlightCentre 100$ off cities fyi below

    Amsterdam
    Athens
    Barcelona
    Copenhagen
    Dublin
    Istanbul
    Lisbon
    Lodon
    Paris
    Reykavik
    Rome

    Cheers,
    Harsha

    Has Harsha been here?
       Harsha on June 27th, 2016

    FlightCenter changers a 20$ fee to book with them so its 80$ off not 100$

    This is obviously misleading advertising!

    Has Lindsey been here?
       Lindsey on June 27th, 2016

    I called Flight Centre and apparently the $100 off is departure location specific, so from Calgary I was not able to get the promotion. I still booked anyway for Feb 2017, $466 RT from YYC to Barcelona.

    Has Chris_Myden been here?
       Chris_Myden on June 27th, 2016

    Hi Lindsey,

    Thanks for letting me know. That's strange, I've had a few Flight Centre reps tell me that their offer is available from all Canadian departure cities. I'll look into it.

    Has Anonymous been here?
       Anonymous on June 27th, 2016

    Haha looks like flightcentre is running their show with a bunch of cowboys!

    I am currently battling it out with a bunch of reps to waive their 20$ booking fee.

    I spoke to 3 reps and they all told me that 100$ discount is valid for all Canadian departures to select destinations (mentioned above)

    Lindsey, I will post my final pirce here but I am positive barcelona should get the discount so the final price would be 366$ !!

    Has Chris_Myden been here?
       Chris_Myden on June 27th, 2016

    Lindsey: I heard back from someone higher up at Flight Centre. Here's what he told me:

    "Flights to Barcelona out of YYC would definitely be $100 off. Can they contact me and I will sort them out..."

    You can try calling him directly at 416-993-2481

    Has Lindsey been here?
       Lindsey on June 27th, 2016

    Thank you, Chris! Nat in Vancouver got it all sorted out for me, and even improved my itinerary, so now I'm rebooked for $366 RT!

    Has Cari been here?
       Cari on June 27th, 2016

    Lindsay, what dates in Feb did you book? I just called and they quoted me over $700. Ugh!

    Has  Anonymous been here?
        Anonymous on June 27th, 2016

    Booked Calgary to Dublin Oct. 19 - Nov. 2, $361.24 ($722.48 for 2 - ALL IN!!) with the $100 discount applied!! Awesome deal and thanks for the Alert YYC Deals!!

    Has Ashley been here?
       Ashley on June 28th, 2016

    Do you have to call Star Alliance to match?

    Has Ashley been here?
       Ashley on June 28th, 2016

    It appears Star Alliance has not matched the sale, or at least for Paris and Rome.

    Has Harsha been here?
       Harsha on June 28th, 2016

    FlightCentre Tip:
    Some agents are charging 20$ booking fee and some are not.
    I had to make a few calls to find one without the fee
    'Flight Centre Kensington' in Calgary doesn't charge the booking fee fyi.

    Has Chris_Myden been here?
       Chris_Myden on June 28th, 2016

    Good to know, thanks Harsha!

    Has Steve been here?
       Steve on June 29th, 2016

    Booked Calgary to Barcelona in October on KLM though flightcentre (got the full $100 off with no booking fee), for $371!!! Thanks Chris

    Has Chris_Myden been here?
       Chris_Myden on June 29th, 2016

    Excellent, thanks Steve! Have a great time in Spain!

    Has Ken been here?
       Ken on June 30th, 2016

    Hello Chris. I think, I rest on our laurels and the promotion is gone now. Do you know when they are going low again?
    Thank you.

    Has Chris_Myden been here?
       Chris_Myden on June 30th, 2016

    Hi Ken,

    Yes, unfortunately the fares went back up last night.

    I wish that they could be predicted, I would certainly love to blog about upcoming price drops.

    This was a pretty unprecedented event, and hasn't really happened before, with such a large number of European destinations dropping so low at once, from virtually every airport in Canada. It's hard to say when to expect it again!

    Has Darla Baerg been here?
       Darla Baerg on July 1st, 2016

    we missed it i cant believe it...was just trying to see if we could get a flight in and out of africa to see our son...from barcelona we had decided to do it and now its gone...boo hooo ges we wait for the next good deal.
    Do you think Calgary will offer up some good deals when the new airport opens?

    Has Chris_Myden been here?
       Chris_Myden on July 1st, 2016

    If there's one factor that directly relates to how many great airfare deals that a particular city sees, it would be the number of airlines serving it. If the new terminal helps bring in any new airlines, it will definitely lead to more deals in the future.

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