- 7 years ago
- Wedding: June 2011
I’ve always had a secret talent with international airfare, and after reading all the sad tales of couples who can’t afford the honeymoon of their dreams, I thought you all really needed to know some of the tricks for getting dirt cheap airfare to Europe.
Note: I’ve done this many times. It can be crazy, unpredictable, and completely insane – but it’s a lot of fun and it’s worth the craziness.
1. Have an adventurous spirit. Frankly, unless you’re willing to make last minute decisions and be flexible, this is not for you. This sort of honeymoon requires a personality that can be happy not knowing what’s coming.
2. Do not use a travel agent. That may seem like odd advice, but if you are looking for the best possible deal, do it yourself. The many tricks of budget flights are apparently unknown to travel agents, because I can ALWAYS find a better deal than the one they give me.
3. Wait until the last minute. This relates to step one – if you really want the best deal, then pack for Europe (general, for the season), but don’t have your heart set on a specific itinerary. You will need to be flexible. When you buy your ticket the day before (yes, ONE day before), still be open for changes once you arrive on land.
4. Use Travelocity’s Deal Finder. Simply enter your home airport, and select “Europe”, and it will show you all the cheapest last minute flights to Europe. Just pick the cheapest one, and buy it. Just like that. No matter where in Europe it’s at. This will be known as your host city. (London, Paris, Rome, and Dublin are the best ones to get for this step) I’ve seen round trip flights from Orlando, FL to Dublin, Ireland for $250. Yes, they exist that cheap, all the time.
5. Pick your favorites. Once you book that ticket, sit down with your fiance and write a list of the top ten European cities you would love to visit. If you want to spend some time in your host city, the one you booked that flight to in step 4, then go ahead and look for some lodging in that city.
6. Find your favorites. Once you arrive in your host city, spend as much time as you want and then go to an internet cafe (or use the internet in your hotel) and go to http://www.ryanair.com. From there, search for flights from your current host city to all of your top 10 cities from step 5. Whichever one is cheap, buy right that second. I’ve seen these flights for as little as 9 euro, from Dublin to Madrid.
7. Finish your favorites. Repeat this step as many times as you want. You can hop around from city to city on ryanair flights forever, just make sure you find your way back to your host city the day before your return flight to the states.
With this method, you can easily book a month long honeymoon, visiting five or six european cities, for less than $500 apiece in total air fare. Sometimes much less, as little as $350 each. As long as you are flexible and a little crazy, you can have quite an adventure.