Least Expensive Airfare to Four Continents

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


  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.


I used GoogleFlights to help organize the trips.  It’s basically trial and error to find the correct dates that can give the lowest fares.  I tried my best to look for the date and location which would be cheapest.  I found flying to Africa costs a lot more than all the other continents from this assignment.

Influence of travel dates and cities

From March 7th to August 28th I chose the following cities to fly to.

Europe – March 7th to March 28th.  Omaha to London

Asia – April 1 to April 22.  Omaha to Shanghai.

South America – June 9th to June 30th.  Omaha to Aruba

Africa – August 7th to August 28th Omaha to Abuja.

Least expensive round-trip from Omaha to Europe






Least expensive round-trip from Omaha to Asia





Least expensive round-trip from Omaha to South America





Least expensive round-trip from Omaha to Africa





Sum total of all four airfares

Europe: $606

Asia: $610

South America: $620

Africa: $1286

Total price  $3122

Submitted by Zach Coartney on 2-17