How to Save a Lot of Money on Flights in Europe

Flights with low-cost airlines can be incredibly cheap. They can also be extremely expensive.

But sometimes cheap flights can turn into expensive flights in a matter of one day.

And that’s okay if you don’t already have one flight booked. It’s also okay if you don’t have a hotel booked. But if you do, you are bound to spend a lot of extra money that you would not otherwise spend, unless you follow these tips. 

Travel can be extremely cheap if you are smart about it.

Check for Indirect Flights

If you are looking to save money on your flight, this is the most useful tip that you will ever get.

Airlines make the most money on popular flights. If somebody is going to be flying to a particular country during the Summer because they were born there, the airlines will know about this.

People aren’t just going to stop flying because a flight is expensive if they want to see their family. They will find a way to pay for it. And because of that, flights to these popular destinations can be expensive.

But that does not mean that you should pay a lot. You just have to fly indirectly. Sure. It will take time but if you are not working while flying anyway, then is it not better to save money rather than lose it?

Should you pay over €200 for a flight that you can usually get for about €40 during the non-summer months? No.

By getting a flight to a non-popular destination and then flying from that non-popular destination to your actual destination, you can save a lot of money.

That non-popular location will vary across airports and airlines, so you need to contribute some time towards finding the right flight. But when it comes to cheap flights, Ryanair is a great choice overall.

A flight from Katowice to Dublin costs €214.99 on the 7th of September, but if you fly from Katowice to Hamburg on the 6th, the flight costs €25.19. You then have a full night until your next flight. And that next flight from Hamburg to Dublin costs €60.99. You are paying €86.18 instead of €214.99, talking about a bargain

When you are flying indirectly, make sure that you have enough time to catch your next flight.

Explore While Waiting

Ideally, you should take advantage of the fact that you are in a different country and explore it, so perhaps consider booking your second flight a day later or at least 12 hours apart from your last flight, for maximum adventure.

But if you decide to explore, make sure you can store your luggage somewhere as it might not be convenient to carry it around.  Most people aren’t aware of the fact that there are luggage facilities at most train stations, store your luggage there.

And if you have items that are worth a lot in your luggage and are afraid to leave them without insurance, LuggageHero has you covered for up to €670 per luggage if you are in London or Copenhagen, for just €1 per hour.

It has been called the Airbnb for your luggage. You reserve your spot via an app, that way you are guaranteed a place before your arrival.

And that means that you are not stressing out about whether there will be a place for your luggage or not.

Make sure to read the post about how you can get the most out of your weekend break if you decide to stay in your second location for a bit longer.

Be Flexible

As you can see on the picture above, a flight from Katowice to Dublin is €214.99 on the 7th of September but only €184.99 on the 9th.

If you are not in a rush and can adapt to dates, you can save a lot of money. That earlier picture is an excellent example of that.

The first one costs over €300, the second one costs over €200, and the third one costs over €100.

Be Ready to Buy Right Away

You might delete cookies on your web browser. You might Google for some solutions. The reality? If you don’t book on the day that you see a ticket, the next time you look it will be more expensive.

A flight to Dublin from Rzeszow via London was about €40 a few days ago. Now it’s over €150.

Conclusion

Airlines are smart. You can be smarter. Why pay what everyone pays if you can explore more and save more?

It’s easy to store your luggage with LuggageHero, it’s easy to find a train station.

And if you are looking for some tips on how to make flying suck less, BuzzFeed have you covered.

Do you want to find some travel tips on Instagram? Type in #traveltips, and you will certainly find some useful content.

 

 

 

September 5, 2017