Least Expensive Airfare to Four Continents

Least expensive air travel from Omaha to four continents - Europe, Asia, South America and Africa.


Outline

  1. Ground rules
  2. Method
  3. Influence of travel dates
  4. Least expensive round-trip to Europe
  5. Least expensive round-trip to Asia
  6. Least expensive round-trip to South America
  7. Least expensive round-trip to Africa
  8. Sum total of all three airfares

Ground rules

This is somewhat of a competition. I give extra points for the person with the least total airfare to all of these continents. All airfares must be roundtrip from Omaha, and must for be a three-week period from now until Sept. 1. It can be two different airlines, in which case you would present two different graphic files. The timing must be such that you can make the connection. Provide at least 3 hours. If the connection has you spending the night at the airport, you must include the cost of a hotel.

Generally, the least expensive fares to these destinations are from coastal cities in the US, like LA and New York. In order to get the lowest fare, you need to find the least expensive coastal city and the least expensive flight from Omaha to that city. Sites like Kayak and Expedia won't do this automatically. There may be some ground transportation involved in transferring to a nearby airport. Include the ground transportation cost and associated graphics. Bigger cities have multiple airports so don't get confused. New York, for example, has five airports: JFK, LaGuardia, Newark, White Plains, and Newburgh. Only three offer international flights. The cheapest flights are often from the smaller airports that charge a lesser fee for landing.

You don't need to check luggage but you do need to include a carry-on bag.

Prices vary widely during this period. They also vary by day of the week. You must present screenshots of the airfare with sufficient detail to verify the dates, connections, and price - including taxes. Use only commercial airlines - you can't use military aircraft or family connections with commercial companies. The flight leaves from Omaha you can't drive to another city.

Method

I used Momondo, Google Flights, Flight Hub, Expedia, Priceline, Kiwi.com, Southwest Airlines, JetBlue Airlines, WoW Airlines, and Student Universe to find and compare flights and hotels. I primarily used Momondo which has a nice feature of a bar chart showing the change in flight prices so you can easily select cheaper flights which is how I ended up with most of the dates I actually booked.

Influence of travel dates and cities

After doing some research into how far out you should book travel for each region, I searched the following three-week periods:

 

Europe I looked at Copenhagen, Denmark, Paris, France, Brussels, Belgium, Oslo, Sweden, Reykjavik, Iceland, and Barcelona, Spain. Flights were cheaper in the springtime for all the cities, so I looked at the dates of March 23rd April 13th, April 9th 30th, April 18th May 2nd, May 9th May 31st, June 23rd July 14th, and July 25th August 15th. I ended up booking the dates of March 26th April 17th for Reykjavik.

 

Asia I looked at Taipei, Taiwan, Manila, Philippines, and Beijing & Shanghai, China. I looked at the dates of March 31st April 21st, April 10th May 1st, May 7th May 31st, May 12th June 2nd, May 18th - June 8th, and May 25th - June 15th. I ended up booking travel for March 11th - April 1st for Beijing.

 

South America I looked at Lima, Peru, Cartegna & Bogota, Colombia, Sao Paulo, Brazil, and Santiago, Chile. The dates I looked at for all locations are March 2nd - March 23rd, March 12th - April 2nd, March 31st April 21st, April 16th - 30th - May 7th - 22nd, and June 6th June 27th. I ended up booking travel between April 16th May 7th for Bogota.

 

Africa I looked at Dakar, Senegal and Marrakesh, Morocco. I looked at dates in May as Africa seems to be cheapest approximately 4 months prior to your travels. The dates I looked at were April 13th May 4th, May 7th May 26th, May 16th June 6th, and June 10th July 1st. I ended up booking travel for April 29th May 22nd for Marrakesh.

 

Week 2 Update: I used Skyscanner more than any other service. I cleared my cache every day before I started looking at flights again, but it did not make much of a difference in the prices I found. I still searched within the date ranges I had before because they were still the cheapest. I was able to save a total of $632.46.

Least expensive round-trip from Omaha to Europe

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Least expensive round-trip from Omaha to South America

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Least expensive round-trip from Omaha to Africa

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Sum total of all four airfares

Europe: $466.53

Asia: $593.79

South America: $473.72

Africa: $571.03

Total price $2,105.07


Submitted by Kate Lade on 2/15/2019.