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Last updated February 07, 2016.

Travel to Europe by Air

Air:  [Check Airfare Prices] [Flying Within Europe] [Airlines] [Courier] [Cheap Seats] [Flyer Miles] [Student Discounts] [Other Discounts

Tips for finding cheap fares on-line: 

  1. Check several of the on-line agencies I list below (or all if you have the time).
  2. Try to make your departure and return dates on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and/or Thursdays. These days of the week are usually cheaper.
  3. Test alternate departure and return dates to see if arriving/departing on one day is cheaper than another.
  4. If you live near more than one airport, try each airport to see if departing from one is cheaper than the others. Alternately, if your destination city has more than one airport, check each of it's airports for the cheapest price.
  5. If you have a flexible itinerary, test to see if one destination city is cheaper to travel to than others (i.e. London vs. Paris).
  6. Avoid arriving in one city and departing from another (i.e. arriving in London and departing from Paris). This almost always costs more. If you are short on time, however, getting a open jaw (multi-city) ticket can save travel time and aggravation.
  7. Sign up for the "Fare Watcher" programs that many of the on-line agencies offer. They will notify you when a price change for a destination occurs.
  8. Start looking at air fares as soon as possible. Purchase tickets a minimum of 21 days before departure to find the best prices. The cheapest available fares are usually made available by airlines 90-60 days prior to flight departure.

Check Airfare Prices
On-line travel agencies allow you to be your own travel agent.  You can arrange your flight itinerary and purchase your tickets on-line within minutes.  If you are wondering about the safety of purchasing on-line, I have bought tickets on-line many times and experienced no difficulties. 

Vayama is focused solely on international travel and brings together hundreds of private, consolidator and exclusive fares for travel abroad. Prices available for Canada, Hong Kong, Thailand, U.K. & U.S.

CheapOair Offers over 100 million negotiated airfares from 350 global airlines and 85,000 negotiated Hotel Rates. Guarantees the lowest online price for exclusive and budget airfares and hotel rates, or we will credit the difference on your next purchase of a round trip ticket or hotel reservation. CheapOair Canada

STA Travel  Student airfares to Europe.

Hotwire Hot-Fares let you fly for less!  Hotwire negotiates special airfare deals with leading airlines. Check a low Hot-Fare now! You have to register with Hotwire before they'll show you prices--it's no big deal just your name & e-mail. (Note: I've used them several times with excellent results. If your travel plans are somewhat flexible, make sure you check them out.) Hotwire UK is the premier online travel planning and flight-booking site. Purchase airline tickets online, find vacation packages, and make hotel and car reservations, find maps, destination information, travel news and more. Try, if you live in Canada, Expedia UK, if you live in the UK,, if you live in Australia. (Note: I've used them several times with excellent results.)

Travelocity Saves you 20% or more on airfares. On-line travel agency--includes "Fare Tracker" to keep you informed of the current prices to your selected destinations. (Note: I've used them several times with excellent results.) Also available: Travelocity Canada 

Priceline shop and compare great deals on flights and more. Name your own price--if you can be flexible when you travel, they can save you up to 40%. Also check out their Price Breakers and Last Minute Deals.

Orbitz Search for deals on flights, hotels, car rental and special package deals.

TravelNow Search for the best airfares, book hotel reservations, and rent a car all from the convenience of your computer.  The pricing and reservation system is automated so you can quickly check prices from travel suppliers all over the world. Live travel agents are available to assist you in any way they can. Canadian based on-line travel agency. Search and compare cheap airline tickets from Canada. Our prices are always transparent and include all taxes and fees. Our travel specialists are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to ensure that your online booking experience always has the human touch.  

CheapTickets some of the best discounted travel deals--air, hotels, car rentals and more.

OneTravel Great Travel Deals - airline tickets, discount hotels, cheap car rentals, vacation packages and more.

Flying Within Europe
Finding cheap flights within Europe is much easier than it used to be. If you plan well in advance, you can get flights for unbelievably cheap prices. Decent prices can also be found if you book 14-30+ days prior to departure, but the best prices are booked early. 

Wegolo instantly searches 75 budget airlines for over 700 destinations. Fares shown in search results include the "extra" fees some budget airlines try to hide.

Direct links to some of the regional airlines in Europe:

Aviation Consumer Protection Division baggage tips, airline rankings, airfare explanations, and more from U.S. Dept. of Transportation. Check for a list of what is permitted and what is prohibited on carry-on luggage.

Major World Airlines
North America
Air Canada
Alaska Airlines
Aloha Airlines
America West
American Airlines
American Trans Air
Continental Airlines
Delta Air Lines
Frontier Airlines
Hawaiian Airlines
Horizon Air
Midwest Express Northwest Airlines
Reno Air
Southwest Airlines

United Airlines
U.S. Airways
ValuJet (AirTran)

World Airways

Aer Lingus
Air France
Air Lithuania
Air Moldova Intl.
British Airways

Czech Airlines

Iberia Airlines
LOT Polish Airlines
LTU Germany
Lauda Air
Lithuanian Air
Brussels Airlines


British Airways Malev Hungarian
Olympic Airways

Tower Air

Turkish Airlines
Virgin Atlantic

Air Nauru
Air New Zealand
Air Niugini
Air Rarotonga
Ansett Australia
Ansett New Zealand
Skywest Airlines


Air India

Air Lanka
Air Nippon
All Nippon Airways
Asiana Airlines Korean

Cathay Pacific
China Airlines

China Southwest
Far Eastern Air
Gujarat Airways
Japan Airlines

Air Afrique
Air Mauritius

South America

Guyana Airways
Tam Airlines

Middle East
El Al
Gulf Air
Royal Jordanian Airlines
Yemen Airways

Air Jamaica
Cayman Airways
Island Air
Fly Liat
Nevis Express

Be a Courier
The Air Courier Association The Air Courier Association is the association for the international air freight industry. We can help you fly cheap for a "big name" freight company escorting time sensitive business documents. Air courier destinations, air courier prices, courier travel restrictions, how to get started.

Cheap Seats
"Bucket shops" sell plane tickets at a severely reduced price.  The prices they advertise are limited to only a few seats.  If you manage to get a ticket from a bucket shop, make sure you read the fine print.  You don't want one of the restrictions they are sure to place on your ticket to come as an unpleasant surprise.  To find a bucket shop, check out the Travel section of a major newspaper.

Frequent Flyer Miles
These days practically everything has the potential of earning you frequent flyer miles.  Many credit cards (like American Express, Visa, and MasterCard) earn reward points that can be converted into frequent flyer miles at participating airlines.  Check with your credit card company to see if they have a reward program or apply for a credit card that does offer frequent flyer miles.  I will admit it takes a ton of frequent flyer miles to earn a free trip to Europe (I used 50,000 for a round-trip flight to London), but if you do find yourself in the position to use them (i.e. your dad has been accumulating them for years and decides to let you use his reward points for a roundtrip ticket to Europe), they are a great way to save money.

Student Discounts
If you are a high school or college student you are entitled to many travel discounts.  With these discounts, you can get a roundtrip ticket to Europe for as low as $350 (depending on the origin of your initial flight--east coast fares are cheaper than west coast fares).  To find out what reductions you are eligible for try STA Travel, Council Travel, or Travel Cuts.

ISE Student, Youth, or Teacher Identity Card Worldwide network of discounts currently includes Europe, USA, Korea, Singapore, Egypt, and Australia. This card allows you to obtain discounts ranging from 10% to 50% on entrance fees to tourist attractions. You'll also qualify for the special student rates and discounts offered by hostels, hotels, restaurants, shops, language, schools, theaters, concerts, operas, cinemas, recreational facilities, vehicle rentals, bus routes, boat routes, railroads, and selected European airlines.

ISIC (International Student. Youth, or Teacher Identity Card) If you are a full-time student or teacher, or if you are under 26, there are many discounts and special arrangements available to you at home and when you travel. Recognized in over 100 countries, an international identity card can prove you belong to one of these special groups anywhere you go.

Other Discount Opportunities
None at the moment. I'm looking.

All prices are listed in U.S. Dollars, unless otherwise noted.

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