Post # 1
Is anyone else getting married this summer going to Europe for your honeymoon? Have you had any luck with finding affordable plane tickets? My Fiance is actually planning the entire thing – I won’t know where we’re going until we go – but he asked for some direction, particularly with pricing. I’m finding prices of $1200+ per ticket to Germany, Italy, London, etc., which is too much for our budget. Any tips?
Post # 3
Subscribe to sites like travelzoo.com .. they do weekly updates .. and have $600 flights to Paris/Venice/Rome all the time .. We’re going to the south of France and to the Italian Riviera for our honeymoon ..
Post # 4
Well, if you’re between those countries and you’re worried about money, then I suggest Germany as it is cheaper than England and Italy. London is great, beautiful parks, but very expensive. Italy to me is the most beautiful country in the world. In Italy I suggest the typical places, but if you want a beach go to Rimini or Sicily, since it will be cheaper than Amalfi. Portugal and Spain are very nice, Portugal is a very tranquil place, Spain is the country of parties, and they are both cheap. It depends on what you want, city or beach. If you want beaches than the Algarve in Portugal and Croatia. If you want cities and can’t spend too much money, than try something like Budapest and Bucarest, which I hear is quite nice and romantic. RyanAir has some very cheap flights to Ireland, you might want to check that also, three years ago, I flew from LA to Dublin and payed $237!
Post # 5
We went last summer for about $600 a person, twice! We flew Aer Lingus, which was very cheap. But we went from Boston, so I’m not sure how much extra the rest would be. We are from California and we always fly JetBlue to California (assuming you’re Livermore CA) and it is very cheap to Oakland. We get nonstop flights from Oakland to Boston for like $99 by flying undesirable times of the day/week (specifically, redeyes on Sun/Mon/Tues/Wed). JetBlue and Aer LIngus are partners so I think they handle your luggage at Boston. Then Boston is the major Aer Lingus hub so things are cheaper from there. I think they always fly to Ireland as a layover, but we went straight to Barcelona and back from Amsterdam, and they fly to a couple dozen other cities as well. On Aer Lingus we flew economy and I was pleasantly surprised! On two of the flights they had the whole “choose your own movie to watch at your seat” which was cool, the other flights had overhead TVs in the middle but it had a movie on to watch (lol because of the scheduling I literally watched “She’s just not that into you”…twice) Also you get coffee, a meal (not great food, but whatever, you’re starving) and a crumpet with coffee (nice touch).
Congrats it will be an amazing trip! And I second Germany, I loved it there!
Post # 6
Hi if you want to visit the UK, but don’t want to pay London prices, you should try Glasgow or Edinburgh, which are cheaper. Ediburgh has some gorgeous buildings, culture, the castle and pretty good nightlife. Glasgows very cosmopolitan, with vibrant nightlife, modern architechture and brilliant shopping. Or you could try Cardiff in Wales as it’s brilliant for a visit. I think a lot of Americans think the UK is England, when there’s actually 4 different countries offering totally different experiences.
If you want to do Spain reasonably cheaply try the Baleric islands – Ibiza’s amazing if you like a good party 🙂
For a cheap way to see Greece, you can fly budget airline from the UK to either Crete, Kos or Rhodes reasonably cheaply. Cyprus is a bit more expensive for spending money as is Italy – both both are worth it if you can afford the trip.
For a super cheap beach holiday try Bulgaria – it’s bursting with culture and has some lovely beaches and tiny little prices.
For city breaks try Amsterdam in Holland, Barcelona in Spain, Paris in France Dublin in Ireland and Edinburgh in Scotland.
If you’ve got any questions you can PM me – as a “local” I can probably offer pretty sound advice…
Post # 7
We are! We just started really really planning last weekend. Where are you flying from?
From our search last weekend our airfare from JFK to Dublin would be ~$300 and from Barcelona to JFK will be ~$370+. But. I’ve been keeping my eye on airfare since we got engaged back in Feb 09 and I’m confident I can get at least the JFK to Dublin for around $200-$250. You just have to be patient. Airfare is typically the cheapest 60-90 days before your expected travel date.
We are doing a hardcore backpacking trip through Europe. We found Dublin was the cheapest to fly into for obvious reasons because it’s closer to the states. And we were planning on seeing Ireland anyway.
My suggestion would be to fly into a smaller city/airport. Then perhaps take a train to the major cities.
I’m subscribed to Travelocity Farewatcher, Sidestep, Travelzoo, AerLingus newsletters. I’ve got my route set so that I get notified when airfare drops. My biggest suggestion would be to set the airfare money aside ASAP. Then when you see the low airfare be prepared to buy it right that second.
It’s usually the cheapest to fly Tuesday – Thursdays.
If you do not live in a city with a major airport hub I suggest looking for separate airfare from your city to the major airport hub city. I’ve found that I can get cheaper airfare this way.
I’ve also been reading/subscribed to many travel blogs for cheap tips. One in particular is Eurocheapo which gives you lots of budget ideas for things to see. Some even free! Which days to visit the major museums for discount entry fares, etc.
Let me know if you want to compare notes!