Getting to Europe using only low-cost carriers

Flying on the cheapFor the past few months, I have been researching how to get to Europe the cheapest way possible. Of course, I know that these seats aren’t as comfortable, the services might not be as good and there really are no frequent flyer mile opportunities, but I just had to see how cheap I could get us to Europe from Myrtle Beach.

To start, Myrtle Beach (MYR) has a number of Spirit flights available to many hub cities that fly overseas. I was able to find relatively cheap flights from MYR to New York, Boston, Baltimore and Washington, D.C.

I can fly from MYR to BWI in August for only $106 round-trip.

From there, we can take WOW Airlines from BWI to Paris for only $1,100 round-trip. After arriving in Paris, you can take RyanAir anywhere around Europe for as low as $20 one-way.

That means, I can get to Paris using only low-cost carriers for $1,200. A trip on United, for example, would cost $1,600.

Of course, we will have to add in luggage cost for both carriers and any upgrades, so the cost may end up being the same for that August time-frame.

I also searched using Spirit Airlines to get out of Myrtle Beach and then using Lufthansa followed by RyanAir to get us to Italy.

One of my friends who is often in the air on business said flying into an airport’s hub is often cheaper than flying directly where you want to go. Plus, you get to explore another city for little-to-no extra cost. (other than hotel).


Depending on the month, tickets from BWI to Frankfurt run only $1,200 round-trip. Adding in the cheap Spirit flight, the entire trip could cost $1,300. Sounds pretty darn good to me!

Of course, I can’t leave the husband behind, so multiple all the prices by two. 🙂

What kind of cheap options have you found to get to Europe? Are you willing to sacrifice a little luxury to fly on a low-cost carrier or is it a must to get there in comfort?

Leave your thoughts in the comments section.
Thank you and Safe Travels!

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