Want to travel to Rome? You might be able to find a cheaper option than you think.
So, what do you do in the next few months? You think maybe it is time for a trip? To London, Paris or Rome, perhaps?
Don’t say no, but still: This winter, there are tons of flights, deals for travel between the USA and Europe, if you know how to find them.
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Here are five things to keep in mind as you shop for deals:
#1. Sometimes, the city that you like best will be the most expensive
And if that’s the case, you could fly to one of the cheaper destinations, plan your trip so that the trip to your favorite European city is a part of the adventure. For example, if you fly to Paris, but you want to see London, there are discount airlines that can get you there (including Ryanair and Easyjet) or take the Eurostar train under the sea through the Tunnel under the English Channel, called in the Hole. If you have your heart set on Rome, to see if there’s a cheaper Italian city to fly to Milan for a bargain) and take the train.
#2. Most of the best rates districts of the big cities
If you live in a smaller town, see if you can drive to a large hub airport; if that’s too far, see if you can find a cheap flight on an ultra discount airline, which has a larger airport. Sometimes, even if you have to pay for an extra flight, it can still work out much cheaper than flying from your hometown to Europe, but always compare the rates from the different airports to be determined.
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#3. The rates can change with little warning
Here are just a few of the prices on a flight comparison website at the end of last week, which were good for travel in February and March.
- Boston – London, $388
- Chicago – Paris, $476
- Denver – Paris $443
- Los Angeles – Rome, $476
- New York – Rome, $394
- San Francisco, London, $408
- Seattle – Paris $545
That said, you can not find the air tickets prices can be seen above, because the airlines sometimes change quickly. When they see an increase in the demand for certain routes, they will raise their prices, because they are sure people pay the higher prices, and when demand decreases, prices fall, also. The price rises (and falls) can happen at any time and without prior notice, so if you have a price you love, act quickly.
#4. Look for inconvenient flights on inconvenient travel dates
Often are the offers a stop (or even two) so you may have to skip the convenience of a nonstop in favor of a connecting flight. It can also pay to have some flexibility in your itinerary; the next time you go shopping, try using a tool that will find cheapest travel dates per month.
Travel to an expensive city, like London? The rates would drop if you leave in the middle of the week.
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#5. Find your passport now
You have to renew it? You can, even if it is valid to your trip, as some countries refuse entry to visitors whose passports will expire within six months after registration. See more about this in the AMERICAN State Department’s site, Travel.State.Gov together with a step-by-step guide on obtaining or renewing passports plus useful information about countries all over the world.
Europe is easier — and cheaper — than you think. Have a wonderful time.
Rick Seaney is an airline travel expert and the co-founder of FareCompare.com an airline ticket comparison shopping website