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International flights are known for being outrageously expensive and can account for more than half of your travel budget. However, we have some exciting news! If you haven’t already heard, major airlines are now offering $69 flights from the United States to Europe, making this the hottest travel news of 2017 (so far).
Norwegian Air has promised to offer $69 flights from the U.S. to Europe later in the year, and in an attempt to steal the spotlight, WOW Air announced last week that they will be offering $69.99 one-way flights from California to Stockholm, Copenhagen, Edinburgh, and Bristol, England.
Even better news: it’s not just a flash sale. Airfares to Europe really have dropped, and there are a few reasons why. Here’s why airlines are slashing their prices- and why you should act fast before prices start rising again.
Airplanes are becoming more efficient:
Both WOW Air and Norwegian Air- budget airlines that focus on transatlantic flights have a new fleet of energy efficient aircraft. This means less fuel per passenger, which translates to cheaper flights.
Bjørn Kjos, Norwegian Air’s CEO, comments, “Our planes are very, very fuel efficient. We have a totally different set up to other airlines. The Boeing 737MAX has a very modern engine, which means it can go for a longer distance.”
Additionally, WOW Air has improved their fleet with their modern, low-emission line of Airbus A321, A320-200s, and A330-300s.
Low fuel prices:
In addition to the aircraft becoming more efficient, affordable jet fuel has made it possible for airlines to charge passengers less per trip, making the rates cheaper.
The strength of the dollar:
Or rather, a weak pound and floundering euro.
Airfare Watchdog President George Hobica explains “The weak euro and pound mean that fewer people will be flying from the United Kingdom and Europe to the United States, so those empty seats must be filled by consumers flying from the U.S. to Europe and back,”. With that being said, expect the super cheap fares to be on one-way tickets to Europe, with more expensive options for the return flight home.
Budget airlines like WOW and Norwegian can offer more affordable ticket prices by slashing all extra amenities. If you want to make sure you’re sitting next to your travel partner, or need to bring a checked bag, you should expect to pay extra fees to do so. If you aren’t careful, the extra fees can come close- or meet- the more standard airfares.