Cheap flights are the foundation of affordable travel.
I’ve had a lot of luck finding cheap flights so far, mainly because I’m happy to travel just about anywhere. I chose my island destination based on flight prices last winter, and wound up in pop-song perfect Puerto Rico.
Crossing the pond from North America to Europe is where flight prices start to really heat up. There are always more tips and tricks to help you find better deals, and today I’ve got some for you in the form of a guest post!
A self-proclaimed cheap-flight guru, Keani Abel from Keani Travel put together her best tips on finding cheap flights from Canada and the U.S.A. to Europe. I definitely learned a couple things, and hope you do too!
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Sometimes, traveling as a student (or in general) can be a strain on wallet. As an avid traveler I am always looking for ways to cut costs and save money wherever I can. One of the biggest expenses of traveling overseas is usually the plane ticket.
Before I started traveling regularly, I had this idea that I had to save up at least $10,000 for my first rendezvous to Europe. It wasn’t until my boyfriend found a flight $400 round trip flight to Norway that I really opened my eyes to how affordable traveling can actually be!
Four years and 25 countries later, I’m kind of a self-proclaimed cheap flight finding professional. Whenever my friends and family are traveling, they turn to me!
Without further ado, here are some of my best travel tips for finding cheap flights from the U.S.A and Canada to Europe!
1 . Search Everywhere
Want to go to Paris in March? In addition to looking for flights to Paris, search for flights to Oslo, Stockholm, England, etc. Once you are in Europe you can find flights as low as $20 to your desired destination. Europe is a relatively small continent, so you can travel from country to country quickly and for a low cost
2 . Use Your Resources
There are so many amazing travel resources out there nowadays all dedicated to finding you the cheapest flight possible. So sure, you could spend hours tracking down the perfect flight, or you could have other’s do it for you. Some of my favorite travel websites are:
www.skyscanner.com: What I love about Skyscanner is how user friendly it is. Just type in two airports and a date and bam, a whole calendar month of different date and price options pop up. Not sure where you want to go? Put in the closest airport to you and hit the “Everywhere” feature to snag the best deal. Don’t have a date locked yet? Put in your destination and the “Cheapest Month” feature will show you the best time to fly!
www.Getmetoeurope.com: Okay, these guys have been my Holy Grail. This free subscription website sends you the latest deals from the U.S. & Canada to Europe. They have their eyes on the skies around the clock to pick up mistake fairs, last minute flight deals, and exclusive industry discounts! The last deal they sent me was a $248 round trip flight to Copenhagen. I mean wow.
3. Fly During Offseason
A little planning goes a long way, find out when ticket prices are going to skyrocket for your desired city and avoid those dates. For example, I have noticed that April and May flights to Europe are dramatically cheaper than June, July, and August.
4. Try Different Departure Airports
It might do you well to drive a little further for a better deal! I live in Naples, Florida and I once drove to Orlando (instead of my typical departure airport of Miami) because I couldn’t miss out on a $145 one-way flight to Manchester!
5. Try Different Dates
Keeping in mind the offseason, sometimes leaving at a different date or time will dramatically drop the flight price. Try playing around with the date feature on skyscanner.com or googleflights.com to see what you can find!
Guest Blogger Profile
Keani Aabel: I am a 22 year old student traveler/travel blogger! My posts involve saving money, making the most of your trip, and never saying “no” to an adventure! I’ve been to 25 countries & the furtherest I’ve been from home is St. Petersburg, Russia! One of my craziest adventures was bungee jumping in Peru!