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The Deal: As summer’s end nears, high-season fares to Europe are dropping like falling leaves. Lufthansa’s Sizzling Summer Special offers the lowest last-minute Europe fares we’ve seen yet, with prices starting at $286 each way plus taxes and fees (which generally amount to roughly $200 roundtrip) for travel this August.

We love Lufthansa fare sales because the airline connects a wide range of U.S. gateways to a multitude of European cities. Flights to popular Western European spots — Dublin, Rome, Venice — are featured in this sale. But travelers can also grab discounted tickets to many cities in Eastern and Central Europe, including Tirana, Kiev, Moscow and Budapest.

The Catch: These cheap August fares are a last-minute special, of course — and that’s the rub. You must depart by August 28. A seven-day advance purchase is required, too, which limits your travel dates even further.

The Competition: American Airlines’ late-summer Europe sale features flights from the U.S. to dozens of European destinations, with fares starting at $295 each way plus taxes and fees for travel this summer and fall. This deal’s travel dates are more forgiving, as you can depart through October 27. Plus, American’s offer features flights to some major cities not covered in the Lufthansa deal (biggies like London and Paris are noticeably absent from the latter), so check out both sales before booking.

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

— written by Caroline Costello

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