Planning Your Irish Vacation
Booking Your Flight to Ireland
The majority of visitors to Ireland's verdant shores arrive by plane. Now that you have decided when to visit Ireland, the next step is to secure your plane ticket.
Finding the Best Deals on Flights to Ireland
Flights to Ireland can be expensive, especially if you're not flying from New York or Boston. I use a few different tools to help me track flight prices:
- Kayak. This is my go-to and where I always begin my flight searches. I set airfare alerts for any route I may fly to help me keep track of rates. Another helpful tool is the flexible dates search, allowing you to see flight prices 3 days before and after your preferred travel dates.
- Airfare Watchdog I love this site. I recommend signing up for fare alerts from the closest large city to Dublin or Shannon. Airfare Watchdog will alert you when fares drop or sales happen. This is a great way to monitor flight prices.
- Aer Lingus Create a profile to receive their promotions and offers.
- Google Alert Create a Google alert for “Ireland Travel Deals” or “Ireland Vacation Deals”. Best matches will be delivered to your inbox daily.
- A good travel agent A good travel agent can often find unadvertised fares or gain access to consolidator listings.
Tips to Help You Get the Best Airfare to Ireland
Unless your dates are set in stone, these tips may help you snag lower airfare.
- Be Flexible. Check a few days before and after your preferred travel dates; ticket prices can vary by a hundred dollars or more.
- Get a Package Deal. Watch tour companies like the Aer Lingus Vacation Store, Great Value Vacations, Sceptre Tours and Brendan Vacations for package deals. Often you can get flight, car & lodging for an incredible price.
- Don't lock yourself into one carrier. Unless you're using frequent flier miles, or wanting to add to your miles, check all your options. Note: If you are planning to build your FF miles be sure your airline grants them if they book you on Aer Lingus. The last time we booked via American Airlines they put us on an Aer Lingus flight but did not credit the miles. Check partnerships.
- Discounts for Children. If you're traveling with children be sure to mention it; their flights are often discounted.
- Book Round Trip. Multi-city flights or one-way bookings are generally more expensive.
What are your thoughts? Do you have a favorite airline or tips for getting a great deal on flights? Please share your knowledge in the comments!
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