Europeans love to vacation, and thanks to so many low-cost airlines, they find it a bargain to fly between countries. These cheap flights are frequently more economical than trains or cars and certainly save on time. Here are a few of the more popular airlines offering great deals for European travel.
Air Berlin is the Germany’s second-largest airline, with over 30 million passengers a year and flights to 136 airports. They offer many special offers at various times, such as a flight from Germany to Sicily for under $100. Weight limits for checked bags within Europe are limited to 20 kg and 6 kg for carry-on bags. Airports in Dusseldorf, Munich, and Berlin operate as hubs for Air Berlin, and they fly tomany southern European cities, as well as cities in the U.S. and other countries outside of Europe.
Considered to be the No. 1 low-cost airline in Europe, Ryanair serves over 70 million passengers a year and has some of the cheapest flights available. Flying to 167 airports, Ryanair has flights to most European cities. This Irish no-frills airline operates out of several European hub cities. You can only purchase these tickets through the Ryanair website or by phone, and sometimes the tickets are as low as a few euros plus taxes. For example, a round-trip flight from London to Milan in July is just over 50 euros, including taxes. Typically, the flights are out of the smaller airports as opposed to major ones. There are fees for checked bags, which must weigh between 15 and 20 kg, and the cost is around 6 euros per flight per bag. One carry-on is allowed as long as it does not weigh over 10 kg.
Easyjet flies to over 130 airports and ranks No. 2 in low-cost airlines based on the number of passengers, just under 50,000 a year. Carry-on luggage is free as long as it is small enough. There is no weight restriction, but the size cannot exceed 22 x 17.7 x 9.8 inches. Checked bags are not free, and there is a 20-kg weight limit of all checked bags combined. Easyjet’s hefty 10 euro per kg additional charge for any extra weight makes me think twice about what I am packing, as I have already had to pay for 15 extra kgs three years ago, when the charge was 7 euros per kg.
Easyjet has some phenomenal prices, as long as you are willing to pack lightly. For instance, you can fly from Paris to Rome for approximately 30 euros each way, depending on dates. The key is being flexible.
Europeans are used to traveling lightly, as opposed to their American counterparts, and they have learned that they can go just about anywhere for a good price. Maybe we can learn something from them, especially if we want to keep traveling in today’s economy.