No matter what type of travel you want to do, from a simple week at the beach to an adventurous 3-month trek across Europe, your biggest financial hurdle will be airfare. If you’re thinking of going to Norway or Iceland any time soon though, you’re in luck!
These two new-to-the-US carriers have the best deals to Norway and Iceland right now.
- Iceland’s WOW Air recently announced introductory fares from Boston and Washington D.C. to Reykjavik for just over $300 round-trip!!
- Norwegian Air Shuttle also has great deals from New York to London.
OTHER WAYS TO SAVE BIG ON AIRFARE
While Tuesday afternoons is still the best time to shop for flights, we now have apps like Hopper that do a better job of predicting fares. Hopper can save you up to 40% by predicting when prices will change and tells you when to buy your tickets. Skyscanner’s Everywhere is another excellent cheap fare finder tool and app. If you have a certain budget and vacation schedule, using the “Everywhere” option in the destination field will give you the average fare from your location to different countries, starting with the cheapest. The flexibility of the destination field gives you more options for your outbound and inbound destinations.
Fly into major cities
Flying directly into the French countryside or Thailand’s paradise beach towns can spike your ticket cost. Cities with large international airports have more flight options and therefore lower prices, so end your flight in the closest major city and take a bus or train to your final destination. Case in point: the cheapest round-trip flight from New York to Ko Samui, Thailand is over $1200, while landing in Bangkok and working your way overland and by ferry to this exotic island will show you far more of the country and cost you $400 less than flying direct.
Sign up to frequent flyer programs
Hands down, the easiest way to offset travel costs is by signing up for a frequent flyer credit card, or two. Several banks, including Capital One and Chase, offer large signup bonuses, providing you spend a certain amount in 90 days.
One of the best cards out there is Barclaycard Arrival Plus World Elite Mastercard which offers a 40,000-mile signup bonus – at least 10,000 more miles than you’ll get from most programs. Also, where most cards give you one mile on a specific airline per dollar spent, Barclaycard gives you 2x the miles per dollar spent and allows you to cash in on any travel purchase – any airline, any hotel, any tour operator…even luggage!
Speaking of luggage, if you’re flying budget you must travel light. Watch this video by Mimi Ikonn for pack-light tips.
By cutting your biggest expense, airfare, you will have more krones and euros to do more when you get to your destination.
And that’s the important part, isn’t it?
Danielle Bricker is the girl you see smelling the pages of Pride & Prejudice in the corner of a used bookstore. She is an avid reader, occasional hiker, and an obsessively neat eater. Between her day job in nonprofit management and various freelance gigs, she is planning a year-long tour around the world and aims to visit 30 countries before she turns 30.