EuroCheapo's Budget Air Travel Articles

Read the latest about the budget airlines serving Europe’s most popular destinations.

5 simple tips for finding the lowest airfare to Europe

5 simple tips for finding the lowest airfare to Europe

Nothing is more rewarding than a vacation, and nowhere offers more fun, history and culture than Europe. From the beautiful waters of the Greek Isles to the snowy peaks of the Swiss Alps and bustling markets in Spain, Europe is the ultimate escape. Unfortunately, depending on where you’re coming from, a flight to Europe can » Read more

New to Europe’s budget airlines? Here are 6 tips for taking off

New to Europe’s budget airlines? Here are 6 tips for taking off

Low-cost airlines like Ryanair, WizzAir and easyJet have changed the way budget travelers crisscross Europe since they took flight more than a decade ago. They’re ideal for quick jaunts that would normally take a full day on the train—and often at prices that can be cheap as chips. However, there are a few key ways » Read more

Tips for hacking your way to free airline tickets from Nomadic Matt

Tips for hacking your way to free airline tickets from Nomadic Matt

Booking affordable airfare to Europe from North America can be an exasperating (and seemingly impossible) experience, especially for budget travelers during peak travel seasons. Budget hotels, affordable restaurants, cheap train tickets, and low-cost airlines can help you keep it cheap once on the ground, but you have to get there first! Matthew Kepnes, author of » Read more

Ryanair and easyJet launch free apps, but how well do they work?

Ryanair and easyJet launch free apps, but how well do they work?

Both Ryanair and easyJet now offer customers their own smartphone apps, allowing passengers to book flights or update bookings on the go. Both apps are free and available from your preferred app site. But how do they compare? Ryanair’s app is an ultra low-cost model with just four functions: flight booking, booking management, flight schedule listing, » Read more

Ryanair on charm offensive; announces some legit service improvements

Ryanair on charm offensive; announces some legit service improvements

Could it be that after years of threats (pay toilets on-board?), crazy extra charges and poor labor relations, Ryanair CEO Michael O’Leary is finally going on the charm offensive? You may think so after the airline everyone loves to hate’s recent announcement of a number of service improvements which are, in fact, improvements! To wit: » Read more

Will European budget airlines be affected by FAA changes on personal electronic devices?

Will European budget airlines be affected by FAA changes on personal electronic devices?

The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announced at the end of October the loosening of regulations prohibiting the use of certain popular personal electronic devices during take-off and landing. So long as their batteries are charged, passengers can now look forward to reading on their Kindles or iPads, listening to their mp3 players, or watching » Read more

RyanAir and easyJet Announce New Routes

RyanAir and easyJet Announce New Routes

Both Ryanair and easyJet have recently announced winter season expansion plans, resulting in increased network coverage between both popular and new destinations. Ryanair Ryanair’s newest hub in Lisbon is set to connect the Portuguese capital with Brussels, Frankfurt, London, and Paris from the end of November. The end of construction works at Warsaw Modlin finds » Read more

Carry-on and Checked Bag Allowances on Low-Cost Carriers

Carry-on and Checked Bag Allowances on Low-Cost Carriers

It can be hard to track down exact information about the luggage limitations on low-cost carriers.  They do their absolute best to hide it deep in the bowels of their websites.  But knowledge is power (and more often than not, serious money), fellow travelers! Here, for your edification, are the luggage rules and prices (as » Read more

Comparing On-Board Menus: SAS vs. Ryanair

Comparing On-Board Menus: SAS vs. Ryanair

Recent flights to, from, and around Norway gave me the opportunity to compare the on-board menu offerings of two airlines: one low-cost (Ryanair) and one premium (SAS). Which one would you expect had the best variety of offerings at the lowest price? You may just be surprised by the answer… Hot Meals Ryanair offers a » Read more

Is Germany’s "Rail & Fly" a Good Deal?

Is Germany’s "Rail & Fly" a Good Deal?

Saving money on plane tickets and German rail travel simultaneously sounds almost too good to be true, but Deutsche Bahn’s Rail & Fly program is an excellent way to do both. Savvy travelers may use the opportunity to spend one day visiting a different German city before heading on to their intended destination. Here’s a » Read more

Tips for finding cheap flights around Europe

Tips for finding cheap flights around Europe

It costs how much to fly from London to Berlin? I just searched for the flight for mid-September and found incredibly (some would say “suspiciously”) cheap offers from easyJet (€40 / $52) and Ryanair (€46 / $59). That’s super cheapo, and not even unusual for Europe’s budget airlines, which have been known to offer tickets » Read more

EuroCheapo’s new budget flights search takes off!

EuroCheapo’s new budget flights search takes off!

We’re thrilled to announce the launch of EuroCheapo’s new and (vastly) improved budget flights search, which scours Europe’s budget airlines in search of the best flights deals. Our new search tool, which is powered by Momondo.com, quickly shows you the cheapest short- and long-haul flights between major European cities, and between North America and Europe. » Read more

How much does that budget airline ticket really cost?

How much does that budget airline ticket really cost?

Are cheap flights in Europe an illusion? For many travelers who are used to flying major carriers, one’s first experience with a low-cost carrier may be eye-opening, in both good and bad ways. First, the good — yes, you really can book flights regularly for less than €30 each way, if you pay attention to » Read more

When should you book international airfare?

When should you book international airfare?

Hey Cheapos: You know the age-old question “when should I book a flight to get the best deal?” Is it better to book many months in advance or at the last minute? What about holidays? Recently the flight gurus over at Kayak.com looked into the matter. By sifting through a billion (with a “b”) flight » Read more

Flight Memo: Volcanic ash across Europe

Flight Memo: Volcanic ash across Europe

At first, the very idea that a plume of volcanic ash could force the closure of airspace seemed ludicrous. Until a few days ago, clearly, I knew nothing about the power of volcanic ash. Volcanoes of the world, hear this: I and millions of others stand corrected, now and forever. Never again will we doubt » Read more

Europe’s minor airports offer interesting travel opportunities

Europe’s minor airports offer interesting travel opportunities

It has become fashionable for minor airports across Europe to seek prominence through association with major cities that are often many miles away. And airlines that serve these minor airports, largely because of their cheaper landing fees, are happy to join in the game. Exploring Allgäu from “Munich West” Canny Cheapos know that Germany’s Frankfurt » Read more

7 tips for surviving a flight cancellation (in Berlin and beyond)

7 tips for surviving a flight cancellation (in Berlin and beyond)

Europe is in the midst of a long, cold, and icy winter. With temperatures hovering at or well below 32 degrees, ice- and snow-encrusted Berlin is no exception. Since mid-December, canceled flights out of Berlin’s two airports, Tegel and Schönefeld (as well as layover airports in Frankfurt, Munich, and Heathrow) have been a regular event. » Read more

Is OpenSkies’ “$550 NYC to Paris” Advert Misleading?

Like many of our readers, I’m heading to Paris this summer. And like other procrastinators, I haven’t booked my flight yet. I’ve been holding off because airfares to Europe from the US continue to slide — even for summer travel. However, my trip is now just weeks away, so the time has come to whip out » Read more

5 Tips For Finding Cheap Flights To Europe

5 Tips For Finding Cheap Flights To Europe

We enjoy spending time researching Europe’s newest discount airlines and perpetuating our love / hate relationship with Ryanair. However, we often hear from fellow Cheapos “Hey, how do I find cheap flights from the U.S. to Europe?” and thought we’d put together a list of a few of our favorite ways to nab a cheap » Read more

Are budget airlines a good deal?

Are budget airlines a good deal?

With budget airlines, you can fly between European cities for startlingly low prices. But, is there a hitch to that €20 flight from London to Venice? Maybe. Here’s our quick recap of budget airline advantages and disadvantages. Some pros 1) You can fly for cheap, especially with advance planning. How? There are many ways to fly » Read more

How can budget airline tickets be so cheap?

How can budget airline tickets be so cheap?

As part of our CheapoSearch flights launch celebration, we’re spending some time this week discussing common questions readers have about traveling on Europe’s low-cost carriers. A good place to start is with the most obvious question of all: How can budget airlines be so cheap? First of all, budget airlines manage to keep their own costs » Read more

Angouleme, Arad, Constanta, Welcome!

Angouleme, Arad, Constanta, Welcome!

Today Ryanair announced 50 new routes around Europe for 2008; among these, there will be three entirely new destinations in the bunch: Angoulême in France and Arad and Constan?a in Romania. The expansion to Romania is welcome; frankly, we expected it to happen months ago. Arad is currently served by Romanian low-cost airline BlueAir, which » Read more

Wed Duo: UK to Sardinia Package; Nov Ryanair Stats

Jet2holidays is currently marketing a £274 package (per person, based on four people sharing an apartment) departing from Leeds Bradford on May 31. The package includes a round-trip flight on Jet2 (from Leeds Bradford to Olbia), seven nights at the Residence Le Conchiglie in Budoni, transfers to and from the hotel, and taxes. The package » Read more

EU to Low-Cost Airlines: Clean Web Sites Up

Yesterday, the European Union’s Consumer Protection Commissioner Meglena Kuneva condemned “misleading advertising and unfair practices” pursued by European sites selling airline tickets. The Consumer Protection Commission investigated 446 Web sites and found that a whopping 226 did not respect EU consumer protection law, on grounds of unfair pricing, hidden charges, and/or improperly translated conditions and » Read more

Near-Europe’s Latest LCC Destination: Aqaba

European charter airlines and low-cost carriers are slowly but steadily adding destinations in countries just outside of Europe. While Ryanair and most charter airlines—the latter feeding into holiday packages—fly to a range of destinations in Morocco, these are but one demonstration of the latest frontier. Among other routes of note, the Russian low-cost carrier SkyExpress » Read more