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How to Fly to Europe on a Budget

January 5, 2010 by  
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When you are planning a trip to Europe you will want to explore many parts of the country and cheap flights are a main concern. You want to save time in getting from one place to the next and, save money. The low cost fares to Europe are abundant due to the fare wars from many airlines and travelers can take advantage of the best rates by searching online for the best rates.

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.

For example, if you want to go from London to Paris, it\’s a simple task to look through the online sites and find out which airline is offering the cheapest fare. You can also search by different requirements, such as who offers the best routing or non-stop flights. Additionally, online functionality also allows the traveler to choose their own seats or request special meals like vegetarian meals. You can get confirmation instantly and use a credit card to pay for your travel. You can even check-in and print out your tickets without ever having to go to the ticket counter at an airport.

The Internet can also simplify your planning because on some sites, you can book packages that include all of your transportation and lodging. If you\’re interested in seeing local sights or doing local activities, then it\’s often easy to book those tickets and in some cases, gets a discount. A traveler can compare different vacation packages and specify search criteria like dates, price, and even level of luxury.

There are also bidding sites that allow users to bid on trip packages. The highest bidder wins the trip for the amount of the bid. It can be a great way to get a good deal, but there is no guarantee of winning, and the trip is limited to specific dates. Also, if the bidding goes on for a long time, the price of the tickets may go up, which would require the winner to pay even more.

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.

Graham McKenzie is the content syndication coordinator for South Africa\’s leading Flights comparison portal, to book a flight, simply visit our website at: http://www.saflights.co.za

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