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Old 09-16-2016, 02:26 PM
 
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What are the low seasons and high seasons, Asia and Europe?
As far as air fare round trip.
Also weather since Asia can be a hot one and Europe is a colder climate. Rainy seasons, etc.
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Old 09-16-2016, 08:30 PM
 
Location: We_tside PNW (Columbia Gorge) / CO / SA TX / Thailand
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better narrow it down.... Those are pretty big areas.

Western Europe is packed in July and August
May is the only decent weather month for Ireland, also early May is tulip season in Holland.

Ocktoberfest (Sept) and Christkindlesmarkt (Dec) can be a zoo in Germany

SE Asia is full of Europe retirees staying warm, and getting inexpensive healthcare procedures from Nov - April

Chinese New Year is a BAD time to go to Asia, as well as during School holidays (based on the schedule for chosen country) Usually 2x / yr schools have 2-3 week break.
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Old 09-17-2016, 07:00 AM
 
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better narrow it down.... Those are pretty big areas.

Western Europe is packed in July and August
May is the only decent weather month for Ireland, also early May is tulip season in Holland.

Ocktoberfest (Sept) and Christkindlesmarkt (Dec) can be a zoo in Germany

SE Asia is full of Europe retirees staying warm, and getting inexpensive healthcare procedures from Nov - April

Chinese New Year is a BAD time to go to Asia, as well as during School holidays (based on the schedule for chosen country) Usually 2x / yr schools have 2-3 week break.
Wrong synonyms - sorry:
low season was supposed to be peak season for low air fares.
high season was supposed to be off peak as far as air fares.

Countries being considered are Thailand, Singapore. Europe Scandinavia and maybe Belgium.
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Old 09-18-2016, 12:40 AM
 
Location: We_tside PNW (Columbia Gorge) / CO / SA TX / Thailand
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Airfare does not always track low 'tourist' season. gotta Fill those planes!

If you are flexible, Use a fare watcher (airfrewatchdog). Or subscribe to weekly airline bargains (usually posted on Weds, for travel the next or following weekend.(for international routes). I have seen Tokyo for $365!

There are many great bargains for Europe and SE Asia.

United has been running bargains on their new non-stop to Singapore. You can hop up to Bangkok for under $50 on several budget airlines. ( you might want to use a VPN / ip addy that is not USA based to get better fares). There is a site that caters to this. That way you can get flights (including inner usa) that are not usually published as available to USA residents.

A friend got a bargain fare to Dublin, and is continuing to Brussels (for €12) by regional carrier.
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Old 09-18-2016, 09:31 AM
 
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I was just in Germany and Austria back in may.. it wasn't slammed pack but still pretty busy. There were a lot of chinese and australians we ran into... Eastern europe you won't have any problem. I was just in Lithuania last month and it was not packed at all but still a very interesting country to visit.
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Old 09-18-2016, 03:35 PM
 
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Many carriers run routes seasonally, and use smaller aircraft in the off season if they're still flying it.

Risky to generalize for any market without specific knowledge. For example, holiday seasons vary country by country. Ski areas will be busy in winter months, e.g Switzerland.

You can assume that when the weather is crappy, travel will be down (England in January, anyone? India during monsoon season?) so you might find a cheaper flight, but maybe not. For instance, flights to London usually drop in price in the fall through the spring. Why? Because business travel rises once summer is over, so the planes keep flying. The market is not seasonal. Try summer flights to the carribean. Fewer, not cheaper, because there's not much biz travel, so the airlines don't fly.
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Old 09-18-2016, 10:21 PM
 
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In general- Europe/parts of Asia have high season: June-August- most crowds, attractions will be busy.
Mid Season- March-May and September-October- in the middle of course, mixed crowds, mixed weather etc.
Low Season- November-February- low crowds.
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Old 09-18-2016, 11:18 PM
 
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The cheapest airfare to East Asia (with exception of Japan) will be the few weeks between the second week of January and five days before Lunar New Year. The duration can range between 2 weeks to 5 weeks (depending on which day the Lunar New Year falls on).

Airfare is cheap, hotel is inexpensive and much less crowded on tourist destinations.
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Old 09-18-2016, 11:24 PM
 
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Depending on where you live and how long the vacation you have, it may be a bargain to buy a round trip ticket to Asia, and then from Asia you buy a round trip ticket to Europe.

It may be cheaper than if you make two separate trips.
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Old 09-18-2016, 11:36 PM
 
Location: Honolulu
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And if you are not that tight on budget, avoid United on trans-pacific flight. The reasons:

(1) Most other carriers allow 2 free checked baggage, United just one.

(2) Most other airlines serve at least 2 meals, United just one.

(3) If your flight is not direct and connect via Guam, the flight between US Mainland and Guam is regarded as domestic and no meal is served.

(4) On your return flight, if you need to transfer, you have to move your checked baggage twice. For instance, if you return from Tokyo to Boston, you have to get off at Newark, retrieve your checked baggage, go through the Immigration and Customs, and then check in at United counter again at Newark. Such scenario applies to all US-based airlines. But if you are not living in a very remote place, there probably will be a foreign carrier that flies directly to your city and saves such trouble.
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