When I decided to study abroad in Ireland, I was determined to find the cheapest possible flight. After about two weeks of searching virtually every air service in the network, I met this goal. Not only did I manage to find an incredibly cheap flight, but I also learned the 5 basic tips that every traveler should know before booking a flight to Ireland. Here are:
1. Book your flight well in advance
As a general rule, the cost of the flight increases as it approaches the date of departure. For illustrative purposes, I searched cheap flights to Ireland from Columbus, Ohio (my airport) to get two different departure dates. The first date I searched was one week and the lowest available rate was $ 1,012 USD. The second departure date is two months from the lowest rate of USD 539. The lesson is obvious: book your flight as soon as possible and you'll get to Ireland cheaper.
2. Fly out of an important international center, if possible
If you live near cities like Chicago, Boston, LA or New York, where international flights are constantly coming and going, you have a huge advantage. Direct outlets from these cities will save you hundreds of dollars – and the flight to Ireland will be comfortably non-stop. Even if you live closer to the smaller airport, consider driving a few extra hours to the big city and then flying to Ireland. Maybe worth.
3. Remember that one airline is almost always the cheapest.
I booked my own flight to Ireland in about three weeks in advance and you would not believe how accurate your search was. But no matter where I looked, American Airlines flights always seemed the cheapest. Check their website and see for yourself. Please note that the cheapest airlines will vary depending on the city of departure. If you live in Atlanta, Delta can give you the best option for a cheap flight. If you live in New York, Aer Lingus can be the cheapest. Just check and keep these tips in mind.
4. Watch out for pages with a discount
Sometimes the cheapest flights to Ireland can be found on airline discount websites such as Expedia or Travelocity. However, I recommend using them only for comparison purposes. When you decide on a particular flight, book it directly on the actual airline website. My reasons lie mainly in matters of customer service. Airlines often hesitate or reluctant to help in case of problems (necessity to change dates, etc.), if the ticket was not purchased directly from them. One of my good friends bought his flight to Ireland via Expedia. I bought a mine directly from American Airlines. He saved about $ 50, but when we decided to stay in Ireland for a few extra weeks to travel at the end of the semester, he was unable to change the date of the return flight – and I was there.
5. Consider one-way flights
(And see two countries for the price of one)
One of the very cool alternative options is to buy a one-way flight to Ireland and book a return flight from another country in the UK or Europe. Am I crazy? Well, maybe a little. But hear me. Ryanair, an Irish airline with no extras, offers unbelievably cheap flights between Ireland and dozens of other countries. How cheap? I used Ryanair to fly from Dublin to Venice in Italy for less than USD 15 each way. In case you do not catch my drift, look at the numbers:
o Cheap one way flights to Ireland: USD 300
o One-way Ryanair flight from Dublin to Venice: 15 USD
one-way return ticket from Italy to the USA: USD 300
Total cost of flights: 615 USD
Think about it. You will pay for food, accommodation and entertainment no matter where you are. The only potential additional cost of this scenario is an additional one-way flight … which is ultimately not an additional cost. The only real difference is that you can visit two countries for the price of one! If your holidays are scheduled for 7 days, I recommend spending 4-5 days in Ireland, and the last 2-3 days in another UK country or a selected European country. Just something to think about!
All for "Cheap flights to Ireland: 5 necessary tips for booking a cheap flight to Dublin, Ireland". Follow the simple tips below and you will be shocked at how a cheap flight to Ireland can really be.
And if you think to yourself, "It is a pity that there are no more valuable tips, such as those about traveling around Ireland," do not worry … they are! After 4 months of living among Irish residents, I carefully wrote each of my discoveries and compiled them in an eBook called Dublin Secrets. Dublin Secrets is filled to the brim with tips, helpful advice and fun suggestions that you simply will not find in any other guide.
"A great little book … necessary for every traveler to Ireland."
-Sheila R., Native Dubliner