Ireland’s Guide To Money And Living

Fly for less

The new year has only just begun, but you may be in need of a holiday already. If you’ve got the US in mind, roundtrip flights are available from Dublin to Boston from €303 roundtrip, as highlighted by

Flying with Delta, KLM and Air France, with stopovers in Amsterdam and Paris, dates are available between January and March 2018. For some tips on visiting Boston without spending too much, check out Boston on Budget.

If you’d rather travel elsewhere, but you still want to save money on your flights, never fear.

Flexible travel

If you can, be flexible with your dates and times and try and fly when few others are doing so. First off – travel during the low season (approx. November to March) or the shoulder season (approx. April to mid-June and September to October. Travelling on weekdays will often net you savings over the weekend.

If you can’t compromise on your dates, you could also consider alternative airports, but be sure to factor in the cost of on-the-ground transport to your final destination. It’s not ideal if you’re heading away for a relaxing break, but it could make the difference if you’re on a tight budget.

Sort your baggage

Always weigh your baggage before you leave your home, and alter accordingly to avoid any nasty fees when you arrive. If you have to check in a bag, pre-book online as it’s generally cheaper.

If you’re heading away for just a few days, try and squeeze everything into a small carry-on bag, and make sure to check the airline’s restrictions on weight and size. A small rucksack and a jacket with a number of pockets could be enough to see you through!

Careful comparison

Flight comparison sites like Skyscanner or Momondo have become quite popular as they allow you to compare a number of different airlines flying to the same destination. Always check at least three or four, as they usually don’t cover every airline available, and may have different prices for similar flights.

For example, a Skyscanner search for direct return flights from Dublin to Rome (Fiumicino) between May 8th and 15th yielded a cheapest fare of €128.50 (flying with Aer Lingus). Using the same parameters on Kayak, the cheapest direct flight was also with Aer Lingus, at the same times, for €125.50. It’s not a huge saving, but there’s no point in paying more than you need to.

N.B. Don’t forget your rights when you fly in cases of delayed or cancelled flights – check out our piece on what you’re entitled to.

Happy travelling!

When not writing about all things personal finance, You & Your Money's editor Conor Forrest enjoys reading, football and getting lost in an ocean of Wikipedia articles.