Getting To Europe
A plane ticket will be the largest item on your budget, so
shop wisely. Summer travel adds a bit of cost - so buy early.
A great buy are open-ended tickets, where you fly into one
city and fly out from another. It doesn't cost much more and
saves you the hassle of traveling back to your original city.
are some great websites to checkout:
Getting to Europe for LESS!
Here are some things to consider in getting a great ticket
- Time of Year: Airlines base their fares on supply
& demand. Summer many people travel therefore fares
are the highest, low season (Nov 1st to March 31st - great
for Spring Breakers) rates are the lowest. If you're going
stand-by you'll have more chance of getting on in Late September/
October (but not to Germany due to Octoberfest), November,
mid January thru Mid March.
- Day of Week: Try to go Mon-Thurs, as weekends are
more full and costlier
- Consolidator fares: These are bulk tickets sold
to travel agencies with discounted prices passed on to the
consumer. Check out TravelHub
- Low-cost airlines: Some airlines, like Icelandair,
Citybird, Virgin Atlantic, LTU, and Martinair almost always
have the lowest fares, or at least as low as others' sale
- Courier flights: Courier flights are the least
flexible. You are only allowed carry-ons and there is no
guarantee your flight will be available. Sometimes its not
much less than the best price you could come up with otherwise.
- Airline sales: Occasionally airlines put their
tickets on sale. Sometimes, these can be lower than consolidator
fares. The best sites to stay on top of all of Airline Specials
They are updated daily and you can subscribe to a newsletter
that comes once a week!
- Student Travel Agencies: Many travel agencies are
dedicated to students and with the purchase of a student
card you can be privy to some great airline prices.
- Travel Agent: You should check with a travel
agent just to see if they can beat a low-fare. Some charter
and tour companies will deal only with agents and not the
general public. Of course if you can't be bothered with
all the above the travel agent is the only way! A good travel
agent can offer you advice and might suggest destinations
or alternatives you've not thought about.