5 Ways to Find Cheaper Flights to Europe

5 Ways to Find Cheaper Flights to Europe

The days of traveling to Europe for extremely cheap are probably gone for awhile. I remember getting a plane ticket to travel to Ireland a few years ago and for the four of us that went, I think we snagged tickets for less than $300 roundtrip per person from the United States. While those prices won’t be back around anytime soon,(Flying Chicago to Dublin in October of this year will run you about $615,) there are a few ways you can save big on your next European adventure.

Here are five quick tips for finding cheaper flights to Europe this fall:

  1. Fly during the middle of week.  I know this is hardest time to take extra time off work, but you really do save if you fly during a weekday. Fly during the middle of the week (Wednesday for example) and take an early morning flight. On the way home, take a red-eye flight out of your destination. The red-eye flights and the early morning flights are often reduced in price, because there are more seats to sell because people don’t prefer to travel that much during those times.
  2. Look at all of your options. Would it be cheaper to fly into an airport that is slightly further away and maybe take public transportation to get to your actual destination? Likewise, are there other airlines you could use instead of your regular stand-by airline?
  3.  Use your points. During longer flights, consider using some of the frequent flyer miles you’ve accumulated, to help you save and maybe even get a seating upgrade or priority boarding.
  4.  Sign up for emails and deal alerts. Occasionally, airline providers will run special deals that only go out to customers who are on the mailing lists. Sign up ahead of time to make sure one of these special emails pops into your inbox on deal day.
  5.  Search for package specials. Travel sites like Orbitz and Travelocity offer specials where you can purchase your flight, car and hotel room all together. Sometimes you can really save when you combine them, as opposed to pricing them all out separately. Find out what you need and then compare prices to see if you can save by including everything at once.

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