Because of what we went through and are bound to continue going through as we travel Europe throughout next semester, I thought some readers might appreciate it if I shared some of the tips and tricks I’ve discovered in my ticket-buying experiences.
Admittedly, this post is assuming that most people do their flight booking online, but many of the tips apply to traditional ticket purchase as well.
On the other hand, research the reputations of the airports you’ll be departing from.
This is a must for student and even faculty travelers. Student Universe compares prices from multiple airlines that offer significant discounts for student flyers. Josh and I saved about $1000 total through shopping with them! Be advised, however, that this website requires proof of your student status which usually involves screenshots of your online transcript, grade report, or class schedule. If you have a paid tuition bill available online, this is the best option. Whatever you provide, you will be waiting anywhere from 30 minutes to 24 hours to have your student status verified.
As a general rule, the sooner you book, the better
This is pretty self-explanatory. If you need to be certain place at a certain time, your bargaining power is very limited. You will need to book well an advance to make sure that you a have a variety of price options available to you.
But if you’re travel dates are flexible, WAIT!
Many people do not think of this, but if you have the luxury of flexibility in your travel schedule, waiting to book your flight can be very smart. Cancellations and last-minute openings can offer huge savings. Just make sure that you can afford to fly a different day or time than what you orginally planned.
I still can’t believe that this is actually happening! There’s no going back now–well, without a serious cancellation fee. God forbid anything happen and we can’t make it. (I could get pregnant . . . gasp)
The daughter of one of my professors will be attending school at IEMA with us. She is an absolutely precious person and Josh and I are both really excited to get closer to her in the months to come. One adventure we have coming up is a trip to New York City to get our Spanish visas. We’re carpooling. Roadtrip!
I don’t think I’ve mentioned it before, but IEMA stands for el Instituto Español Murallas de Ávila. It is the Spanish language institute where we’ll be studying next semester. I’m psyched that I will be rubbing elbows with students from all over the world trying to become fluent in Spanish. I am so excited and so blessed that we have this opportunity to travel as a couple. I know many people kind of view marriage as this life sentence to all things boring. Between marriage itself and having children, there isn’t a lot of time for exciting adventures, which is why I couldn’t be more grateful.