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Flying for less to Eastern Europe: Using Ryanair’s obscure destinations to your advantage

Flying for less to Eastern Europe: Using Ryanair’s obscure destinations to your advantage

The budget airline Ryanair is known for saving travelers big bucks. But a lot of frequent flyers complain that Ryanair’s network of remote airports can leave you stranded in the middle of nowhere if you book without paying attention. However, those with their eyes open and a map close at hand may find that a » Read more

Israelis discover the joys of discount travel to Europe

Israelis discover the joys of discount travel to Europe

The European Union and Israel signed an Open Skies agreement last June, paving the way for increased mobility between the Middle East and Europe. The accord allows for a gradual opening until 2018, at which point air traffic between the two will no longer be restricted. EasyJet is the first European discount carrier to open » Read more

BMI Regional: The special appeal of a small airline with frequent low fares

BMI Regional: The special appeal of a small airline with frequent low fares

The sale of British Midland International (BMI) to British Airways in 2012 excited the latter mostly due to the former’s routes in and out of London. Most of these routes were absorbed by BA, with some significant and lamentable exceptions. For fans of the Caucasus and Central Asia, the abandonment of routes to Bishkek, Tbilisi and » Read more

Flying across the Atlantic: Creative and cheap ways to get to Europe

Flying across the Atlantic: Creative and cheap ways to get to Europe

The ‘will they or won’t they’ fuss over Norwegian’s proposed transatlantic flight program to London Gatwick for this summer overshadows a number of other interesting developments in the transatlantic aviation market. Norwegian is of course already regularly flying its 787 Dreamliners across the Atlantic, on non-stop routes such as Fort Lauderdale to Copenhagen and New » Read more

Ready for takeoff? An airberlin giveaway is coming soon!

Ready for takeoff? An airberlin giveaway is coming soon!

We interrupt this Polar Vortex to announce another exciting airberlin and EuroCheapo flight giveaway! Starting next week you’ll be able to enter our spring “Get Out of Town” contest and have a shot at winning a free trip to Europe. The best part? You choose the destination! The giveaway airberlin will be giving away two » Read more

$240 flights to London rolling out this summer on Norwegian Air

$240 flights to London rolling out this summer on Norwegian Air

Although winter has just started to set in across the US, it’s never too early to start planning your summer getaways to Europe. Of course finding a decent fare in the peak months of July and August can be a huge challenge. The days of scoring a $99 fare across the pond are mostly a » Read more

New Developments in 2014 for European Regional Air Routes

New Developments in 2014 for European Regional Air Routes

Europe third-tier airlines enter 2014 in a state of flux and uncertainty. These smaller carriers link lesser communities or provide feeder links from regional outposts to major hub cities. This sector within European aviation is too often overlooked by visitors to Europe from overseas—and that’s a pity as smaller airports are often easy to access » Read more

EU flights now allow mobile devices, BA first out of the gate

EU flights now allow mobile devices, BA first out of the gate

There’s big news out of Europe for frequent air travelers who just can’t fly without their iPhones, iPads, and other mobile gadgets. The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) announced that it would allow passengers to use their personal electronic devices (PEDs) such as tablets, e-readers, mp3 players, and even mobile phones during all phases of » Read more

Wizz Air to Moscow: Russian skies are opening to low-cost carriers

Wizz Air to Moscow: Russian skies are opening to low-cost carriers

On Monday morning, one of Wizz Air’s purple and pink aircraft took off from Budapest bound for Moscow. It marked the latest milestone in the airline’s “Look East” campaign, which has over the last year seen Wizz Air launch new routes to Azerbaijan, the United Arab Emirates, Turkey, Georgia, Moldova and Israel. Opening up Russian » Read more

Has Low-Cost Flying Finally Hit the End of the Runway?

Has Low-Cost Flying Finally Hit the End of the Runway?

In our last post, we examined the pressures that national governments and discontented employees are causing for Europe’s most popular airline, Ryanair.  In this post, we’ll look at forces at work in the European Union and what effects this could have on the low-cost airline model in general. End of small airport subsidies? Bloomberg Businessweek » Read more

Running Out of Gas? Ryanair Under Pressure

Running Out of Gas? Ryanair Under Pressure

Europe’s most-hated, most popular airline Ryanair is coming under pressure this month from both government regulators and its own employees. German newspaper DIE ZEIT reports that Ryanair pilots at its Weeze (Dusseldorf) base were called to a meeting on July 4 and told that 40 positions were being eliminated for the winter travel season.  Pilots » Read more

Mamma Mia! US-Stockholm flight sale $698 (through July 31)

Mamma Mia! US-Stockholm flight sale $698 (through July 31)

Cheapos have a few more days to snag fares from $698 on airberlin flights this fall and winter from the US to Oslo, Stockholm, Warsaw, Krakow and Gothenburg. You’d better hurry, however, as the sale ends July 31, 2013. The details * Sale fares start at $698, round-trip * Depart from airberlin’s US gateways: NYC, » Read more

Germanwings relaunches, offering one-way flights from €33

Germanwings relaunches, offering one-way flights from €33

Lufthansa relaunched its low-cost arm Germanwings a few weeks back, and announced the airline’s intention to shift all routes not operating from Frankfurt or Munich to the daughter company. Over the next two years, the change will affect Lufthansa flights to/from Berlin, Cologne, Dusseldorf, Hamburg, Hanover, and Stuttgart. With the “New Germanwings” comes a tiered » Read more

Has easyJet put a “hold” on its carry-on guarantee?

Has easyJet put a “hold” on its carry-on guarantee?

On my most recent easyJet flight from Berlin to Copenhagen, the gate agent attempted to force me to check my small carry-on wheeled suitcase, because, she explained, “The flight crew has informed us there is no space in the cabin.” I was a little more than peeved. It being a relatively short trip with constant, » Read more

Airline Sale: US to Europe from $729 (fall/winter travel)

Airberlin today announced a summer flight deal that gladdened our Cheapo-hearts: Fares from the United States to Europe for as low as $729, including all taxes and surcharges. These sale fares are valid for travel this fall and next winter, and include airberlin flights from New York, Chicago, Los Angeles and Miami. The dates Book » Read more

A Trio of Irish Airlines: Aer Lingus, Aer Arann and CityJet

A Trio of Irish Airlines: Aer Lingus, Aer Arann and CityJet

Mention that you have just snapped up a cheap fare with an Irish airline, and folks will generally assume that you have been tackling Ryanair. But the Republic of Ireland has a trinity of other air carriers offering scheduled passenger services. Each deserves a look. Flying the flag with Aer Lingus Aer Lingus is by far » Read more

Minoan Air Aims High: New links to Edinburgh, Dublin, Vienna and Rome

Minoan Air Aims High: New links to Edinburgh, Dublin, Vienna and Rome

While aviation watchers stateside mull over the implications of the US-AA mega-merger, in some parts of Europe it is small carriers which continue to make the news. Next week sees the start of Minoan Air’s first routes outside Greece. The fledgling airline took to the skies from a base in Crete last year, operating short » Read more

A new way to research and book RTW airfare

A new way to research and book RTW airfare

Yesterday we heard from our pals over at Bootsnall.com, who let us know about a brand new airfare product they launched called Indie. Bootsnall has been around for a long time – since 1998, to be exact – and has grown a well deserved reputation as an online pioneer in the independent / backpacking travel » Read more

Last-Minute Airfare Sale: $499 for NYC – Berlin or Dusseldorf

Last-Minute Airfare Sale: $499 for NYC – Berlin or Dusseldorf

Well, Merry Christmas, indeed! Airberlin announced this Christmas Eve morning a last-minute $499 sale for winter flights from NYC-Berlin or Dusseldorf (and several connecting cities throughout Europe) booked through January 1, 2013. Sale Details: • Flights must be booked between December 24, 2012-January 1, 2013 • Offer good for travel between January 14, 2013 – » Read more

Ryanair, we love you but you’re bringing us down

Ryanair, we love you but you’re bringing us down

We’re heading over to Paris at the end of the year to celebrate New Year’s Eve. Most of our time is booked up with typical holiday plans—getting together with friends, blow out dinners (on the cheap, of course) and relishing winter in Paris. But we do have four or five days that are wide open » Read more

European Airline Update: Some carriers grounded, others launch new routes

European Airline Update: Some carriers grounded, others launch new routes

The high season for airline bankruptcies in Europe tends to be the fall, but 2012 is sending spring shivers through the industry with a number of carriers having stopped operations in recent weeks. When German regional carrier Cirrus Airlines filed for insolvency earlier this year OLT Express looked set to take over Cirrus. But that » Read more

Two Airlines to Watch: Vueling and Flybe

Two Airlines to Watch: Vueling and Flybe

Europe’s winter airline schedules launched last week. The optimism of this time last year, when an unprecedented number of new routes started across Europe, is eclipsed by nervousness among European air carriers. Network planners are generally apprehensive about uncertainties over fuel prices and levels of future demand. Double-dip recessions are not good for business. So » Read more

Island Flights: Flying around Scotland and Ireland

Island Flights: Flying around Scotland and Ireland

Last week, we looked at multi-sector hops across Arctic Norway and beach landings on Barra in our review of unusual European scheduled flights. Now we follow up with comments on some of the really small aircraft used on regular island flights around Scotland and Ireland. Shetland Several of the smaller islands in the Shetland archipelago » Read more

Interesting Flights: Remote areas where flying is still fun

Interesting Flights: Remote areas where flying is still fun

Flying has generally become so standardized nowadays that you’ll understand what we mean when we assert that many flights are just boring. Let’s face it, there’s not a world of difference between the morning shuttle from Boston to New York and a routine flight from Frankfurt to London. The lines for security, the pantomime at » Read more

Transatlantic Flights: New US to Europe routes for 2011

Transatlantic Flights: New US to Europe routes for 2011

Earlier this month we looked at new flight connections within Europe for 2011. We now follow up with a review of new transatlantic links for summer 2011. A raft of new routes creates many new opportunities for North Americans looking for creative itineraries to and around Europe. New routes from California California gets its first-ever » Read more

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