Are you considering a family trip to Europe sometime soon?

Here: data collected by KAYAK that may inspire your family travel plans.  

-          Reykjavik reigns as the top European destination to score an airfare deal. Over half (56%) of the airports reviewed offered this Icelandic hotspot as the cheapest European destination to fly to this summer.  

-          Now may be the time to experience the Nordic Countries’ famous midnight sun phenomenon. In addition to Reykjavik, Oslo, Helsinki, Stockholm and Copenhagen all appear on the list.

-          East Coasters can score the best deals. 6 of the 10 cheapest flights were in Eastern states including New York, Florida, Massachusetts and Rhode Island.

Find your city below: 

Cheapest European City by State

Origin State

Origin Airport

Destination City

Median Airfare (USD)

Alabama

HSV

Reykjavik

$735

Alabama

BHM

Reykjavik

$660

Alaska

ANC

Reykjavik

$693

Arizona

PHX

Reykjavik

$831

Arizona

TUS

Reykjavik

$662

Arkansas

MEM

London

$985

California

LAX

Barcelona

$614

California

SFO

Barcelona

$583

California

SAN

Copenhagen

$863

Colorado

DEN

Reykjavik

$618

Connecticut

BDL

Dublin

$682

Delaware

BWI

Lisbon

$686

Florida

MCO

London

$661

Florida

TPA

London

$661

Florida

MIA

Madrid

$550

Georgia

SAV

Amsterdam

$838

Georgia

ATL

Reykjavik

$754

Hawaii

HNL

Reykjavik

$612

Hawaii

KOA

Reykjavik

$619

Idaho

SLC

Reykjavik

$685

Illinois

ORD

Dublin

$721

Indiana

IND

Reykjavik

$720

Iowa

DSM

Reykjavik

$669

Kansas

MCI

Reykjavik

$616

Kentucky

CVG

Reykjavik

$681

Kentucky

SDF

Milan

$985

Louisiana

MSY

Reykjavik

$616

Maine

BGR

Reykjavik

$631

Maryland

BWI

Lisbon

$686

Massachusetts

BOS

Oslo

$596

Michigan

DTW

Reykjavik

$648

Michigan

FNT

Dublin

$798

Minnesota

MSP

Reykjavik

$487

Mississippi

GPT

Reykjavik

$646

Missouri

MCI

Reykjavik

$575

Missouri

STL

Reykjavik

$616

Montana

BIL

Reykjavik

$617

Nebraska

OMA

Reykjavik

$605

Nevada

LAS

London

$716

Nevada

RNO

Reykjavik

$754

New Hampshire

BOS

Oslo

$596

New Jersey

EWR

Dublin

$608

New Mexico

ABQ

Reykjavik

$635

New York

JFK

Madrid

$564

New York

BUF

Reykjavik

$616

New York

LGA

Helsinki

$523

North Carolina

CLT

Lisbon

$803

North Carolina

RDU

Reykjavik

$663

North Dakota

FAR

Reykjavik

$687

Ohio

CLE

Reykjavik

$453

Ohio

CMH

Reykjavik

$616

Oklahoma

OKC

Reykjavik

$656

Oklahoma

TUL

Reykjavik

$654

Oregon

PDX

Reykjavik

$638

Pennsylvania

PHL

Cork

$661

Pennsylvania

PIT

Frankfurt

$679

Rhode Island

PVD

Dublin

$441

South Carolina

CHS

Reykjavik

$667

South Dakota

OMA

Reykjavik

$605

Tennessee

BNA

Reykjavik

$656

Texas

AUS

London

$752

Texas

IAH

Luxembourg

$664

Utah

SLC

Reykjavik

$685

Vermont

BTV

Milan

$647

Virginia

ORF

Reykjavik

$616

Virginia

RIC

Reykjavik

$616

Washington

SEA

Manchester

$729

West Virginia

PIT

Frankfurt

$679

Wisconsin

MKE

Oslo

$694

Wyoming

BIL

Reykjavik

$617

Washington DC

IAD

Stockholm

$685

Methodology:

KAYAK considered searches on the US KAYAK site between April 15, 2018 through April 15, 2019 for travel between May 24, 2019 through September 2, 2019. All data was pulled from KAYAK’s internal database; prices may vary.

The family travel season is about to be in full swing.  

Parents everywhere are gearing up for road trips, summer camps, national park outings and air travel.

Dad and travel expert Jim Mazza, Chief Operating Officer for TRAVELSAVERS, a retail chain of more than 2,500 independently owned, full-service travel agencies, offered a few words of wisdom for those who plan to board a flight in the weeks and months ahead. 

Book an early flight

As a dad, Mazza knows small kids are at their best earlier in the day before exhaustion sets in for them (and their parents).  More than that, and important for travelers of every age, delays often build as the day goes on, particularly in the Northeast.  

Understand the fare you are booking. 

For many travelers, especially cost-conscious families, price matters.  It may seem like the right thing to book the least expensive fare that pops up, but these are often “branded fares” which come with tough restrictions including seat choice, leg room and baggage allowance.  

You'll find more air travel tips here

 

Published in Family Travel Blog

Managing young children in small spaces can be a challenge. Take that effort to 30,000 feet and, well, doing a little research before embarking on an air travel adventure is advised. 

According to a recent report, Best Airlines for Family Travel, issued by The Points Guy (TPG), some airlines are inherently more family friendly than others. 

Here are five factors to consider. 

Top Honors. 

TPG examined the ten largest US airlines, looking at ten different, equally weighted criteria relevant for traveling families. Southwest Airlines came out on top. 

Its coveted Southwest Companion Pass, no extra fees and family boarding policy nudged the airline to the top of TPG's picks for family travel. Its extensive – and expanding – domestic route and award program are an added bonus.

A Close Second. 

When considering seat comfort, snacks and entertainment, JetBlue offers a better onboard experience than Southwest and is consistently a top pick for families, the report determined. Its less than stellar on-time arrival ranking, important when traveling with youngsters,  bumped it down just shy of the top spot. Hawaiian Airlines received the best on-time score.

Early Boarding Matters 

 “While there's some logic to boarding young children on the aircraft at the absolute last second to minimize time on the plane, the reality is that if you need to install a car seat or ensure space for your carry-on bags, being onboard early is crucial, “ explains Summer Hull, the TPG family travel expert. United and JetBlue take TPGs top spot for early boarding, as they allow young families onboard early in the process. In fact, United enables families with children two and under to board even ahead of first class.

Seat Assignments are Key

Have you ever negotiated a seat trade with a perfect stranger so you could sit with your child? Securing seats together is a top priority and families don’t want to  pay extra for the privilege. According to the report, the top airlines in this category are JetBlue, Hawaiian and Alaska, which all include complimentary seat assignments for all tickets. 

Southwest's open seating policy is also a way to ensure prime seating, as children ages six and under can board after Group A.

Airline Loyalty Program for Families

Making the most of travel dollars and creative resources is key for families. Airline loyalty programs can make a difference. JetBlue offers the most family-friendly policies due to its "free family pooling of miles" option for all members.

For this report, TPG focused on the ten largest U.S. airlines — Southwest, JetBlue, Delta, Hawaiian, Alaska, United, American, Frontier, Spirit and Allegiant — as measured by their total number of domestic passengers.

For more information: www.ThePointsGuy.com

Published in Top Stories

Each time I embark on an air travel trip I am reminded of what an adventure it can be!

And I’m a grown-up! I marvel at the challenges faced by parents of young children today. Getting through the security check point with diaper bags, strollers, toys, snacks, gear can be daunting.

If boarding a flight with the kids is part of your travel plan, here are a few tips to help you avoid snags in the system: 

Be prepared.

Print boarding passes in advance. Confirm flight departure times. Remind older children to bring their IDs and have yours ready. Arrive at the airport with time to spare.

Remember 311.

TSA’s 3-1-1 program means:

  • Liquids, aerosols and gels must be in containers three ounces or less.
  • Items must be in a one quart, clear plastic zip-top bag.
  • Only one zip-top bag per traveler.

Don’t forget your passports.

Will you be spending time on the beach in Mexico or skiing Whistler in Canada? Don’t forget. Passports are required. 

Drink up.

It is important stay hydrated when traveling. But water bottles are not permitted through the security line. Rather than buy high-priced water bottles in the airline gate area, bring an empty bottle through security and fill up at the drinking fountain. It’s more eco-friendly too.  

Pack your snacks.

Airlines rarely serve complimentary food on board. So avoid expensive airport and onboard dining options by packing healthy and familiar food for the flight. By keeping everyone fed in a timely manner, you’ll avoid cranky kids and parents. 

Onboard entertainment.

Talk with your children about how you will spend your time on board. Then be sure to pack the books, art projects, ipods, games, headsets and other gear necessary for the flight. 

Stay informed.

The rules continue to evolve and seem to vary slightly by destination. So before you head to the airport check the TSA website for the latest updates. Resources: www.TSA.govwww.travel.state.gov

Backpacks or roller bags for all.

Children like taking responsibility for their own gear. Ask everyone to carry as much as possible in their own backpack or carry –on. It’s good practice and lightens the load for the adults.

Stick together. 

Family members can get separated during the crazy process of going through crowded security lines. Let TSA representatives know you are traveling as a family if they try to steer you to apart. If you do lose sight of one another, plan to meet at a designated spot on the other side.

Be Polite.

Make sure the kids (and the grown-ups) are aware that while moving through the security line, it is not the time for jokes or silliness. An ill-timed, kooky comment ( no matter how innocent the intent ) can cause unexpected and unpleasant consequences.

International travel.

Different country, different rules. Shoes on? Shoes off? Computers out or in? Review country and airport guidelines before departure. Don’t be afraid to ask for help when moving through security in another country.

Have a great time!

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