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Now may be the best time to book your summer flight across the pond. Airfarewatchdog reports a recent drop in fares from the U.S. to Europe. According to the fare-tracking site’s blog, “If you’re planning on spending a month in Europe, the sweet spot this summer is, for some unknown reason, departing on July 18 and returning August 17. That’s when the lowest fares are available in general, for summer travel. Some of these fares are as low as $500 round-trip with tax. That’s amazing for peak summer travel, but only specific dates are available.”

We’re delighted to see that summer fares to Europe are hovering in the $500 roundtrip range — an impressive price for travel during the Continent’s most popular tourist season. Of course, you could always snap up even lower fares by jetting to your Italian chalet — or hostel with shared bathroom — in fall, spring or winter. But you’ll be missing one of the best reasons to see Europe in summer: the gorgeous, heavenly weather. Summer’s sunny blue skies and warm breezes make beautiful European landscapes all the more lovely. Let’s face it. If you want to see this, you’re going to have to sign up for a summer flight:

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Palma Cathedral, Spain



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Now, are you aching to pack your bags? Good. Because we’ve unearthed a bunch of wallet-friendly fares from the U.S. to Europe that make summer travel as cheap as an Anthony Weiner joke.

-British Airways is selling flights to London for as little as $552 roundtrip plus taxes and fees. Granted, the lowest prices — like that $552 ticket — are for fall travel. But we found fares as cheap as $598 roundtrip for flights departing in August.

-American Airlines fares to Europe are on sale starting at $284 each way plus taxes and fees for travel from mid-August through the fall. Destinations include London, Paris, Manchester, Milan and Helsinki.

-Lufthansa‘s Europe and Africa fare sale features discounted flights to a wide variety of destinations from Accra to Zurich. Fares start at $322 each way for travel in late August.

-Air France flights to cities like Paris, Pisa, Barcelona, Rome and Madrid are on sale for as little as $328 each way for travel in July. And, as with all Air France flights, you can add a stopover in Paris for free.

-Check Continental Airlines for low-priced flights to Europe in August and September. The airline offers a useful rate calendar that helps visual learners plan the least expensive itinerary.

Find these bargains and more money-saving offers in our Airfare Deals.

Editor’s Note: IndependentTraveler.com is a member of the TripAdvisor Media Network, an operating company of Expedia, Inc. Expedia, Inc. also owns Airfarewatchdog.com.

– written by Caroline Costello

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