[Update] September: The “Sweet Spot” for Affordable European Travel

Experts Weigh In on the “Trump Travel Effect,” Offer Savings Tips

June 22, 2017, NEW YORK – Advance bookings for summer travel this year are down 3.4 percent overall and 20 percent for bookings from the Middle East according to a report Tuesday by the New York Times.

According to MGM Resorts International CEO James Murren, the chilling words of Trump’s travel ban have the potential to put a freeze on the $250-billion US Travel and Tourism industry.

“Travel and Tourism is our most important export,” Murren said. “It’s really critical to understand that people coming to the United States, spending their money here, helping middle class jobs, improving our economy, is really critical. And [the travel ban] is counter to letting this country grow.”

Meanwhile, a Bloomberg stock index for US-based airlines has risen 6.5 percent and many major US airlines plan to increase international service at the end of 2017, indicating that American demand for summer travel abroad is continues to rise.

Some experts project that Trump’s travel ban will not only hurt the US Travel and Tourism Industry, it will also contribute to rising costs for travel in the European Union.

Additionally, overall demand for European travel is expected to grow in 2017 which will add to the effect.

Travel Now, Spend Less: Hit the Sweet Spot

If demand for US travel continues to decline, Europe and the rest of the world will pick up the slack. Naturally, this will lead to higher travel costs.

Therefore, now is the time to put some mileage on your passport, before Trump’s travel ban makes prices soar.

To help counteract the “Trump Travel effect,” coupon and savings portal Couponbox offers the following top seven cities for affordable end-of-summer travel in Europe.

The sweet spot for affordable European Travel is September 16th to the 23rd, according to Couponbox research. Book now for that time period and save big on flights and hotels.

Top 7 Cities for Affordable End-of-Summer Travel in Europe 2017

As you know from our previous articles on travel, one of the most important rules of finding the cheapest flights is…

Book in advance!

That’s how we found these end-of-summer deals* on Kayak.com.

Get them now before they run out!

*Hotel prices are per night for seven nights for two in a three-star hotel (or better) with free breakfast and internet in the city center. Flight prices are per person, round-trip from NYC.

All prices are updated regularly and subject to availability.

[The update below is from June 28, 2017]

For the latest updates click here

Paphos, Cyprus

Paphos Ocean View

Best hotel: $103.00⇑

Best summer flight, 9/10-9/17 (one stop): $639.00⇒

Total cost for trip two: $1,999.00 (⇑ $294 from $1,705)

 

Berlin, Germany

Berlin Reichstag

Best hotel: $52.00⇓

Best summer flight, 9/23-9/30 (one stop): $510.00⇓

Total cost for trip two: $1,384.00 (⇓ $307 from $1,691)

 

Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon by Night

Best hotel: $71.00⇒

Best summer flight, 9/19-9/26 (one stop): $514.00⇒

Total cost for trip two: $1,525.00 (⇒ $2 from $1,523)

 

Valencia, Spain

Lake in Valencia

Best hotel: $58.00⇒

Best summer flight, 9/20-9/27 (one stop): $483.00⇒

Total cost for trip two: $1,372.00 (⇒ $2 from $1,370)

 

Krakow, Poland

Krakow Street

Best hotel: $54.00⇒

Best summer flight, 9/17-9/24 (one stop): $596.00⇑

Total cost for trip two: $1,570.00 (⇑ $233 from $1,337)

 

Prague, Czech Republic

Prague Bridges Sunset

Best hotel: $24.00⇓

Best summer flight, 9/13-7/20 (one stop): $508.00⇒

Total cost for trip two: $1,184.00 (⇓ $98 from $1,282)

 

Budapest, Hungary

Budapest River Daytime

Best hotel: $22.00⇓

Best summer flight, 9/20-9/27 (one stop): $504.00⇓

Total cost for trip two: $1,162.00 (⇓ $79 from 1,241.00)

 

 

Steve Cuffari

Steve is a writer, researcher and avid traveler from NYC. His favorite products to save money on are travel, food and beverage and tech gear. If you have any questions or suggestions, just email him: steve@stevencuffari.com.