Madness from Calgary to Europe, Tunisia, and Morocco! Insane prices to many, many places in the $400s and $500s roundtrip including taxes
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:
(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)
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:
(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)
Copenhagen, Denmark- (can use Flight Centre promo)
London, United Kingdom
London, United Kingdom- (can use Flight Centre promo)
Paris, France(can use Flight Centre promo)
Amsterdam, Netherlands(can use Flight Centre promo)
Rome, Italy(can use FlightCentre promo)
Tenerife, Spain(Canary Islands)
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.
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.
6/28 - Morning update
Added a few more destinations to the list above that have been showing up with low prices...
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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