updated 6/8/2009 12:35:41 PM ET 2009-06-08T16:35:41

The deal
Don't miss out on a summer jaunt to Europe this year — we're finding an abundance of affordable transatlantic fares to popular cities from Paris to Prague and Brussels to Budapest (and beyond). While many of us have been discouraged to cross the pond lately, thanks to the sky-high peak-season fares of summers past, we've been surprisingly delighted to see fares plummet as much as 50 percent from their 2008 highs. So why stay local when you can get your Old World fix without breaking the bank? Fares start for less than $200 each way.

$214+: Europe fares from 15+ cities on Lufthansa (one-way)
The deal: Lufthansa’s huge European sale, featuring fares from just $214 one-way ($448 round-trip), is understandably a real attention-grabber. Travelers can lock in low rates from more than 15 U.S. cities to Amsterdam, Berlin, London, and more.

Sample one-way fares: LA-London $313; Orlando–Geneva $293; Chicago–Madrid $297; NYC-Frankfurt $214; and more.

The catch: Weekend surcharges apply.

Travel by: June 9–September 12

Book by: June 10

$400+: Finnair fares to Scandinavia & more via NYC (round-trip)
The deal
: In celebration of their 40th anniversary, Finnair has announced a discounted batch of “Fabulous Forty Fares” to some 15 European cities in Scandinavia and beyond, via NYC. Fly aboard their brand-new Airbus fleet to Paris, Stockholm, Berlin, Copenhagen, and more, all for the jaw-dropping summer rate of $400 round-trip apiece.

Sample round-trip fares from NYC to: Zurich $400; Paris $400, Rome $400, Copenhagen $400; and more.

The catch: All flights require a layover in Helsinki.

Travel by: November 30

Book by: June 14

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$385+: Eastern Europe fares on Czech Airlines, LOT, or Malev (round-trip)
The deal: A trio of Eastern European airlines are offering spicy deals to their top destinations through summer’s end. Fly Czech Airlines to Prague via five U.S. cities from $385 round-trip; jet off on LOT to numerous destinations in Poland via NYC from $470 round-trip; or take off on Malev Hungarian Airlines' to Budapest via NYC from $526 round-trip.

Sample round-trip fares: Boston–Prague $385 (Czech); NYC–Warsaw $470 (LOT); NYC–Budapest $526 (Malev); and more

The catch: The good portion of these sale fares are priced out of New York City – travelers from other locales will need to factor in additional transportation costs to get to the Big Apple hub.

Travel by: July 22 (Czech); September 30 (LOT); August 31 (Malev)

Book by: June 30 (Czech); June 8 (LOT); ASAP (Malev)

$438+: Bargain Brussels Fares on US Airways (round-trip)
The deal:
Snag fares cheap enough to justify hopping the pond to Brussels in the name of chocolate, beers, and mussels! Discounted fares are available from nine cities.

Sample round-trip fares to Brussels from: NYC $522; DC $438; Philadelphia $522; and more

The catch: Sale fares from NYC and Philadelphia or only valid through June 17.

Travel by: August 30 (June 17 via NYC or Philadelphia)

Book by: ASAP

$489+: Europe Flights on Icelandair w/free stopover (round-trip)
The Deal:
Passengers flying Icelandair to European cities like London, Oslo, Stockholm, and more, will not only enjoy reduced rates from just $489 round-trip, but are also entitled to a free stopover in Iceland — perfect for a little break en route to take a dip in geothermal hot springs or have a sip in Reykjavik's happening nightspots. 

Sample round-trip fares: NYC–Copenhagen $489; Seattle–London $759; Boston–Oslo $669; and more.

The catch: The stopover in Iceland can not last longer than four days.

Travel by: June 20–September 12 (June 22–30 direct to Reykjavik)

Book by: ASAP

$398+: Aer Lingus to Ireland – discounts for multi travelers (round-trip)
The Deal:
Aer Lingus’ "Buy More, Save More" sale is just the ticket to get you — and up to three of your fave traveling companions — across the Atlantic at bargain rates this summer. Savings vary based on the number of fares purchased, but expect to save anywhere from $50 to $216 per person. Case in point: buy one round-trip ticket to Dublin or Shannon via Boston and pay $458; two tickets sell for $876 ($438 per person); three go for $1,254 ($418 per person); and four sell for $1,592 ($398 per person).

Sample round-trip fares per person (based on purchase of four tickets): NYC–Dublin $398; Chicago–Shannon $478; San Francisco–Dublin $672; and more.

The catch: All travelers must be booked on the same itinerary.

Travel by: June 16–August 31

Book by: June 16

$475: Premium Flights to Paris & Amsterdam on OpenSkies (one-way)
The deal:
Premium airline OpenSkies (operated by British Airways) hits Paris and Amsterdam this summer from NYC with a duo of deals to commemorate its first birthday. Fly in their "Biz Seat" class and enjoy onboard perks like seats that recline to a pitch of 140 degrees, private power ports, and a personal entertainment system.

Sample one-way fares: NYC–Amsterdam $475; NYC–Paris $550

The catch: You'll shell out nearly double of what fares are selling for in economy on other airlines.

Travel by: Through summer

Book by: June 30

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