Sinead Ryan: how to save on travel expenses in the face of last minute fare hikes

  • Sinead Ryan: how to save on travel expenses in the face of last minute fare hikes
    Independent.t. E.
    I had to do a last-minute trip abroad last week, simply and quickly. I knew that it would be more expensive than if I had the luxury of booking well in advance, but it was still a shock.
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I had to do a last-minute trip abroad last week, simply and quickly. I knew that it would be more expensive than if I had the luxury of booking well in advance, but it was still a shock.

In my case, the company aer Lingus is cheaper than Ryanair, but even so, it was more than €470 return flight I have done many times, usually costing around €100.

What’s going on? Well, with the uncertainty around the continuing Ryanair and Irish ferries cancelled affecting more than 140,000 tourists for different reasons this summer in the market and a mustache. That leaves the travelers were frightened and prices soar.

PAT Dawson of the Irish travel agents Association says, popular destinations such as Malaga and Faro is no more than €50 one way per person.

Beats by Ryanair crews in Europe means that it probably will not subside any time despite the airline does its utmost to limit the abolition of the high traffic routes, as in the UK.

This week I’m looking at other ways to keep your expenses low during the flight (see figure), and if you haven’t been on vacation and want to book something at the last minute, how confident can you be for the remainder of August that you will get the trip at a reasonable price?

I looked around the airline to see what’s available for the rest of the month, and what you can expect to pay.

Carriers flight

When we book tickets, we often compare with aer Lingus and Ryanair.

But there are dozens of carriers offering flights from Dublin, cork and Shannon (30 airlines only fly from Dublin airport) so should see them in Belfast on alternative flights.

Use skyscanner.com or kayak.t. E. to compare all airlines and check if it is cheaper to use on the outward leg and the other comes back.

Here are some suggestions that are correct at the time of printing…

  • Dublin to Munich leaving on 17 August, returning 24 August, Lufthansa (€329 return).
  • Cork to Madrid with Iberia Express, €368.31 return from 18-25 August.
  • Belfast to Alicante Return with Jet 2 (outbound) and easyjet (incoming) €161 in total (17-24 August).
  • Dublin to Ibiza is via the European, German airlines, €230 return, 26-31 Aug.
  • Dublin to Amsterdam with SAS, 17 Aug, 4 nights €295.
  • Dublin to London (Southend) – the airline flybe €60 tomorrow.
  • Belfast to Malaga – about ASL (articles of Association of Aer Lingus), €155 return, or €245 with easyjet on 24 August for a week.

Booking

The first thing to do is ignore the Headline prices or unsolicited e-mails from the airline.

Do not get carried away uninvited “low fares to European destinations from €20!” notifications that are usually garbage.

By the time You get to the online checkout, he tortured significantly, or only apply to a small number of flights in the promotion.

Just compare the prices after adding in all the taxes, baggage, flight and transfer costs from the airport to see if you really are getting a deal.

Also, consider the option of booking with a regional airport. If you can fly from cork, knock or Belfast, you can get a better deal than from Dublin.

If you’re ready to stopover, say in the UK, it will take longer but can be cheaper.

Travel agent

It may seem old fashioned, but good, bonded travel agent has access to much more information than you have on your laptop.

Compared to DIY online orders, your rights as a consumer is also much stronger.

If the flight is cancelled at the last minute, it will be their problem to solve, not yours.

Other ways to save money on the journey

Luggage: bring the bare minimum. Hand Luggage, nothing in the hold, and two pairs of shoes (one to wear). Foreign launderette cheaper than the extra bags. Airlines do not allow pooling of baggage, ie You can’t carry 15kg and 5kg your partner and hope that they allow 10kg each. Weigh before you go.

Travel Tuesday: flights at the weekend are usually more expensive than weekday flights. Tuesday or Wednesday can be cheaper – if you can, do it. Flew the first flight (in ‘red eye’) in the morning, or last night, too, better value.

Flying with food: and beverages are prohibited, you are allowed to bring their own food on Board, so pack a lunch/Breakfast and not overpriced meals on Board. Children prefer to eat food which they are familiar; to buy drinks on Board in addition.

Sitting from each other: if you have small children or a long flight, who cares where you sit? In order to avoid additional costs, not booking in advance and let the seats on the plane when you check in.

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