Lost Cost International Air Travel
When you are planning your annual holiday away you may be thinking of travailing from the UK to somewhere far away, and top of many people’s lists of places to visit is the USA, however with the cost of plane tickets to the US from the UK being so high, you will have to set aside some huge amounts of cash for just the flights alone.
However, what many people do not know is that there are some massive savings to be made if you become something of a savvy traveller, for there are some countries in Europe that do not charge any type of Air Passenger Tax Duty which for reference the UK does.
Take for example when you want to visit Las Vegas, the cost of a round trip leaving from the UK at airports such as Heathrow or Manchester or Glasgow can be several hundred Pounds which will put a serious dint in your travel budget and that will only be on you getting there and back, for there will also be hotel costs and all of your other expenditure on your holiday to take into account.
If you instead of flying direct to Vegas from any of those airports or in fact any airport in the UK you choose to fly from another European country that does not charge Air Passenger Tax Duty or has a much lower form of taxation international travel then there are some huge savings to be made.
We recently visited Las Vegas and found that by leaving from Copenhagen in Denmark the cost of a direct flight form that airport was a very tempting £100 each way, a very similar price was charged if we had chosen to fly from Arlanda airport over in Sweden.
The airline we opted to fly on was Norwegian who offers direct flights on one of their brand new Dreamliner aircraft to Vegas and several other airports in the US for a fraction of the cost of travelling from the UK.
We did travel in December and it will of course be the time of the year when you can travel that will have a bearing on the actual cost you will pay for the airfare. However, getting to and from places such as Arlanda airport or Copenhagen airport is tiny, much more so if you travel with airlines such as Ryanair or EasyJet.
One thing to keep in mind when you do travel with any low prices airlines such as Norwegian, Ryanair or EasyJet is that if you are prepared to take hand luggage only then they are not going to charge you any additional fees and charges for taking additional items of luggage which can of course ramp up the cost of your tickets.
So if you have your heart and mind set of visiting America for example then always choose to fly form a country that has no Air Passenger Tax Duty or charges a much lower amount as the savings can and will be hundreds of Ponds per person per round trip.
Also do be flexible with the amount of time you are away, for it instead of staying for exactly 7 days you may find it is possible to leave from somewhere like Copenhagen but then return to Arlanda airport and there may be some additional savings too.
You will of course find that when you do discover a very low cost ticket they do tend to get snapped up quite quickly by other passengers so the earlier you book your flights the better as you will then have a guaranteed seat on the plane!
One final thing you should consider is that as those low cost tickets often do not come with a free meal on the place and will not give you access to a complimentary drinks service, and as the journey to America will of course take many hours, then prepare yourself a packed meal and have some drinks in your hand luggage too.
The cost of buying drinks and beverages or even a snack on those low cost airlines can be quite astronomical! However, by spending some time researching where you want to go and being quite flexible with the countries and airport you will be leaving from and arriving back to there are some enormous savings to be made, much more so if you are travelling with a large group or friends or family members.
You will find that websites such as Sky Scanner can be used to compare the prices charged for flights to and from many different destinations, however always do go direct to the airlines website as there may be some additional savings or special offers available. Signing up to an airlines email newsletter will also see you being offered some additional promotional deals too!