Anyone looking to make a jaunt to Europe this summer either has been or quickly will be extremely unpleasantly surprised by the fares they’re seeing. Summer round trips from the east coast are in the $1400 range (give or take) for flights to Paris, Rome and London. I’ve been watching these fares for years, and we’re up 40-50% from historical levels. Even last year, when we saw fares consistently over $1100, seems like a bargain compared to what we’re seeing now.
This isn’t to say that as we get closer fares won’t come down. They might. But they are sky-high right now. (Before you start complaining about the airlines, they’re charging this amount because they can). If you’re interested in saving a few dollars, Icelandair and Iceland Express are both offering fares about $300-400 less than their nonstop competitors.