There are so many sights to see and experience in Europe that when you go, you will want to experience it all. However, it can be very expensive to get from country to country, so it’s smart to plan ahead. By planning ahead, you can make the trip more affordable. Thanks to competition among airlines, it is possible to get low cost airlines and with the advent of technology, travelers can now search the Internet to easily find the cheap fares.
In the past the only way to obtain cheap flights to Europe was through a travel agent. The travel agents had access to information that you did not such as which airlines were offering discount tickets and which days were the cheapest to fly. These days the internet has brought many great ways to get this information all with a simple click of the mouse.
As a response, travel agencies are now starting to move more of their business activity onto the Internet. In order to stay competitive, some travel agencies have their own websites, where they can advertise special deals. This means that it is easier for travelers to be able to access these deals and do a side-by-side comparison with other specials that may be available online. In some cases, to avoid fees, travelers can also book their fares directly from airlines.
Using the Internet, a savvy bargain hunter can find the best deals on tickets to just about anywhere and even cheap last minute airfares. And one can find any type of flight they wish, as well: don’t like to fly all night? Then don’t. Find a flight with a stop somewhere, or vice versa. Many airlines also allow, if it’s early enough, travelers to choose their seats and what menu options they would prefer (some airlines require that vegetarians select their special meal status ahead of time). And if one is not comfortable checking in at an airport kiosk and having the tickets printed out there, they can even be mailed to you in advance.
Trip planner websites are the most popular with internet travelers. These sites allow you to find your hotel, flight and even rental car while booking your trip. You can create a whole vacation package by adding on any activities you will be interested in and receiving a discounted ticket price by purchasing them before arriving. You can sort trips by price, date and even class. The trip can be easily compared to other sites offering the similar packages online.
A new phenomenon of bidding sites have emerged and now it is possible to book trips to Europe by using auction sites, the traveler has more flexibility to set the price. The way it works it that travelers can bid on a trip and the winning bidder just has to add the appropriate taxes and fees. Keep in mind that you may not win everything that you bid on and there may be some date limitations but when it works out, it can be a great deal. Make sure to do your research ahead of time so that you’re not caught in a bidding war.
Purchasing a ticket directly through the airline is another option for getting a cheap flight to Europe. Many customers like to give their date to the airline and obtain a ticket that way, but you may not be getting the best deal. There are many airlines and to know if you are getting the best rate you have to contact them all and this can be time-consuming. You will also miss the package deals where you receive discounted hotels and activity tickets that you would have received on the planning sites.