When I decided to study in Ireland, I was determined to find the cheapest flight. I achieved this goal after searching for almost all ticket services online for about two weeks. Not only did we find a very cheap flight, but I also learned the five basic tips that every traveler should know before booking a flight to Ireland. They are coming:
1. Book your flight in advance
As a general rule, the higher the cost of the flight, the closer to the departure date. For illustrative purposes, I searched for two different departure dates for cheap flights to Ireland from Columbus, Ohio [my airport]. The first date I searched was a week from now, and the lowest price available was $1,012. The second departure date is two months later and the lowest price is $539. The lesson is obvious: booking a flight as soon as possible will bring you to Ireland cheaper.
2. If possible, fly out of a major international hub
If you live near a city like Chicago, Boston, Los Angeles or New York, where international flights continue to emerge, you will have a huge advantage. Flying directly from these cities will save you hundreds of dollars – and your flight to Ireland will be very convenient. Even if you live close to a smaller airport, consider driving to a major city for a few hours and then flying to Ireland. This may be worth it.
3. Remember that almost always the cheapest airline.
I booked my flight to Ireland a few weeks in advance, and you won't believe how thorough my search is. But no matter where I am, American Airlines flights seem to always be the cheapest. Check out their website and see for yourself. Keep in mind that the cheapest airlines will vary depending on your departure city. If you live in Atlanta, Delta Air Lines may offer you the best option for cheap flights. If you live in New York, Irish Airways may be the cheapest. Just check it out and remember these tips.
4. Beware of discount ticket website
Sometimes the cheapest flights to Ireland can be found on discounted airline tickets such as Expedia or Travelocity. However, I recommend only using them for comparison purposes. Once you have identified a specific flight, please book directly from the actual airline's website. My reason is mainly in customer service issues. If your ticket is not purchased directly from them, the airline will usually hesitate or unwilling to help you if you have a problem [requires change of date, etc.]. A good friend of mine purchased a flight to Ireland through Expedia. I bought my directly from American Airlines. He saved about $50, but when we decided to leave Ireland for a few weeks at the end of the semester, he couldn't change his return flight date – I just.
5. Consider a one-way flight
[and see two countries at a price]
A very cool alternative 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? Ok, maybe a little bit. But listen to me. Ryanair is a crude Irish airline that offers incredibly cheap flights between Ireland and dozens of other countries. How cheap is it? I used Ryanair to fly from Dublin to Venice, Italy, for a one-way fee of less than $15. If you didn't catch my drift, look at the numbers:
o One-way cheap flight to Ireland: $300
o One-way Ryanair flight from Dublin to Venice: USD 15
o One-way return ticket from Italy to the United States: USD 300
Total flight cost: USD 615
Think about it. No matter where you are, you will pay for food, accommodation and entertainment. The only possible increase in this situation is the extra one-way flight… and ultimately no additional cost. The only real difference is that you visit two countries at a price! If your holiday plan lasts for 7 days, I recommend that you spend 4-5 days in Ireland and then spend the last 2-3 days in another UK or European country of your choice. Just think about it!
This is "a cheap flight to Ireland: 5 basic tips for booking a cheap flight to Dublin, Ireland." Follow these simple tips and you will be amazed at how cheap your flight to Ireland is.
If you are thinking about yourself, "I hope to have more valuable advice about traveling in Ireland," don't worry… there! After living in Ireland for four months, I carefully wrote down each of my discoveries and compiled them into an e-book called Dublin Secret. The Dublin Secret is full of insider tips, useful tips and interesting suggestions that you can't find in any other travel guide.
“A great little book… every traveler going to Ireland has to do this.”
-Sheila R., Native Dubliner