Where to start and How to Save Money on International Airfare

I had wanted to see the coliseum in Rome since before I could remember. International travel use to be something you did every couple of years if you were lucky because of how expensive the airfare could be. Not only is it expensive, but being locked up on a plane for 10+ hours next to a screaming baby isn’t pleasant for anyone.

The very first time I traveled overseas, I was pressed for time and payed over 1,200+ dollars for a nonstop flight from San Francisco to Paris.

However the next time I flew, I managed to snag a flight from San Francisco to Barcelona for less than 400 dollars.

With flights being this cheap – you can snag a European vacation for the price it would cost to get across the country. It’s all about careful planning.

How early should you start planning?

You don’t want to plan too early to where plans may get in the way but you also don’t want to be in a situation were you are pressed for time either. I recommend getting flights 6 months prior to the desired travel time. It’s enough time to get a deal but not too far ahead to where life may get in the way.

There are some things you have to keep in mind when snagging these cheap flights though:

  • Beware of Luggage Fees

It’s not a scam that these big airlines are offering low cost flights around the world. It’s definitely possible to find international flights for less than $500 nonstop if you really plan.

However, just know the cost is being cut from somewhere. A large percentage of this coming from luggage fees.  Airlines know that when you fly internationally, it’s often means you’ll be gone for an extended amount of time – meaning more things you think you need to bring.  Just know these checked bags add up when your taking multiple modes of travel and can really take a toll on your wallet.

  • Bring your own food!

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