Top tips for booking flights to Europe during the summer
Europe in the summer has always been the most popular tourist season, which makes booking flights to Europe during this time quite stressful.
In addition to higher-than-usual prices, we’re also seeing more delayed and canceled flights this year than usual. Many European airports have also become complete chaos with hordes of tourists ready to face the long-awaited summer holidays.
From using a VPN for cheaper flights to knowing which flights to book, here are our top tips for doing everything you can to avoid (at least be prepared for) delayed and canceled flights in Europe this summer.
Passengers at Stockholm airport
Table of Contents:
- Top tips for booking flights to Europe this summer
- 1. Use a VPN to search for flights
- 2. Book your first flight of the day
- 3. Book directly through the airline
- 4. Avoid the biggest airports
- 5. Fly directly
- How to prepare for the flight
- 1. Bill online before going to the airport
- 2. Carry only hand luggage
- 3. Arrive at the airport earlier than usual
- More preparation means less stress
Top tips for booking flights to Europe this summer
Here’s how to book the best flights in Europe.
1. Use a VPN to search for flights
This tip applies to booking all flights. It is always better to use a VPN when booking flights as it prevents airlines and flight booking platforms from tracking your search history. This means that even if you have searched for the same flight several times, the price will not increase.
You can also search from different “locations” to find cheaper options; Sometimes flights are cheaper when you book from certain countries.
See also: How to find cheap plane tickets using a VPN
2. Book your first flight of the day
If there are multiple flights a day to your intended destination, always book the first flight. Sure, 5am flights aren’t the cheapest, but that means you’re more likely to fly the same day. If your flight is cancelled, you’ll likely still be transferred to another flight that day instead of staying overnight.
The first few flights of the day are also less likely to be delayed, since the domino effect of delayed flights has not yet started for that day.
3. Book directly through the airline
Always, always, always book directly with the airline. You can use third-party booking sites to search for different flight options, but then always go directly to the airline’s website and book there.
If there is a problem with your flight, it is much easier to contact the airline directly than through a third party service. Even if it costs more, it’s worth it.
4. Avoid the biggest airports
This is not always possible, but if you can, try to avoid flying into the larger airports in Europe. Some of the airports to avoid include Amsterdam Schiphol Airport, London Heathrow Airport, Paris Charles de Gaulle International Airport, and Frankfurt am Main International Airport in Frankfurt.
Europe is well connected so you can often fly to a smaller city nearby and then travel to the main city if necessary. Better yet, avoid the big cities of Europe altogether during the summer!
5. Fly directly
Once again, direct flight is not always possible depending on where you are going and where you are from. But connecting flights can become a nightmare when canceled flights and delays come into play. Choose destinations you can fly to directly or book longer layovers – two hours just isn’t enough during peak season!
If you need to book a connecting flight, make sure you book the entire trip on the same reservation with your airline. That way, if you miss your connecting flight due to delays or cancellations, the airline will rebook you on the next flight.
How to prepare for the flight
Now that you’ve booked your flight, there are still a few things you can do to prepare for your flight.
1. Bill online before going to the airport
Always invoice online so you don’t have to queue at the airport. This also allows you to confirm your flight details.
2. Carry only hand luggage
Flying around Europe is so much easier with hand luggage! First of all, you don’t have to wait in long lines to check your bags (and pick them up again). Second, if your flight gets canceled after check-in (it happens), you don’t have to wait for your luggage to get off the plane. You already have everything with you!
Many low cost airlines in Europe still charge a fortune for checked luggage, so this is the cheapest option!
See also: The best sustainable luggage combination for digital nomads
Travelers waiting to take flight
3. Arrive at the airport earlier than usual
Queuing at an airport is unavoidable, but during Europe’s peak summer months, those queues become unimaginable. To avoid long lines, or at least reduce stress levels while you’re in those lines, make sure you arrive at the airport a little earlier than normal. In this way, you will have plenty of time to pass all the controls and arrive at the boarding gate on time.
Check out our guide on How to have fun at an airport.
More preparation means less stress
While booking flights to Europe during the summer months may seem like a crazy idea, it doesn’t have to be. There are ways to get a good deal and find the least stressful options. But it’s also always better to be prepared for the hustle and bustle and possible delays. They can’t always be avoided.
Just remember that you will eventually reach your destination. While you’re at it, here’s how to avoid being an annoying passenger!
See also: Top reasons to travel to Europe in the fall
I am sure you have had similar experiences to me while traveling. You are in a certain place and a fellow traveler, or a local, advises you on a little-known beach, bar or accommodation. Great travel tips from fellow travelers or locals always add something special to our trips. This was the inspiration for ComoHow.
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