Airfare Tip: Learn the rules for international travel
The general rules for finding a low price on international Airfare are similar to booking domestic Airfare: Book at least seven, 14, or 21 days in advance, travel midweek, and include a Saturday-night stay in your itinerary. But, when traveling internationally, it's even more important to know your destination's high and low season. The difference in prices from season to season can be hundreds of dollars.
If you travel to Europe in the summer peak season, for example, you can expect to pay double or even triple what you'd pay for Airfare in the winter off-peak season. Or, if you travel to the Caribbean later in the spring, or in the summer or fall, you will pay hundreds less than traveling in the winter. Visiting a destination when most people aren't is a key factor in finding cheap Airfare.
Unlike domestic flights, it may actually make sense to book different legs of your trip with different airlines for complicated international itineraries. Europe in particular has many intra-Continental Airfare providers that offer super-low fares, sometimes as low as a few dollars each way. If you're flying to a less-visited destination from the U.S. (Budapest, for example), and you can't find a low fare, try flying into one of Europe's hub cities, such as London, instead. Then, book an additional flight from London to Budapest on an intra-Continental carrier. EasyJet and Ryanair are two of the major low-cost, intra-Continental carriers, with prices significantly lower than larger airlines' prices.
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