Hello fellow travellers! First of all, I'm new to the site so hello everyone!
2 airfare questions for all you travel experts and local Europeans...
Here's my scenario. Going to be in Southern Spain (Granada,Malaga) end of June. I'm thinking of going from there to Prague/Slovenia/Croatia region. Then I have to get back to Madrid for my return flight July 17th, so...
1. For airfare from Southern Spain to that area (any city is fine, I'm flexible) I found SkyEurope goes from Malaga to Prague or Bratislava for pretty cheap. EasyJet is pretty cheap too from Malaga to Berlin (even though that's slightly off my track..I wouldn't mind starting in Berlin..) My question is how late can I wait to book these flights. I'd like to wait as late as possible. Do these discount airlines keep the rates low if you are within 1 week for example? Or do the rates soar/seats sellout as you are within 1 week? (in America if you wait to book airfare last minute you get crushed, hopefully they do it better/more fair in Europe)
2. Cheapest flight from Eastern Europe to Madrid? Since I'm flexible I can end up pretty much anywhere, Budapest, even Italy or Germany at the end of my trip. Rather than spend countless hours on the different discount Airline sites, figured I would ask and use the power and experience of you knowledgable fellow travellers to find a good route back to Madrid.
[ Edit: Edited on May 13, 2008, at 8:45 AM by jordii ]
1. Book as early as possible. The price rises dramatically the sooner the flight is. Book now any flights from Central and Eastern Europe to Spain and Italy in July. If you wait until June to book, all flights in July will be totally sold out.
easyjet prices definitely increase the closer you get to your flight! especially around popular times, weekends etc and popular routes. for these you want to look at booking about three weeks in advance to get the best price. it wouldnt be unusual to have a flight for $30 3 weeks before to then see the same flight for $150 or more later on. as for the other airlines im not much help!
The earlier the better and try www.momondo.com
Wow! 3 replies in less than an hour. This site rocks! Keep the advice coming!!
Also, I forgot to this mention in my original post...if any other backpacker wants to try to meet up during July1-Jul17...I'll probably be somewhere in Eastern Europe having a grand time!
One more thing - if any traveller needs a place to stay in Granada,Spain from June 20 - July 1...I'll probably be able to accomodate a few. Just let me know...
[ Edit: Edited on May 13, 2008, at 11:02 AM by jordii ]
Generally, the budget flight operators set their fares in different "price buckets". Say, from point A to point B, they divide the seats on the plane into 5 different price buckets (it doesn't have to be in equal numbers seats). The cheapest fare will be offered for sale first. Once they are sold out, they'll move on to the next bucket which is more expensive than the previous one. When this is also sold out, they'll move to the more expensive fare. As you can see, the fare will just go up and never down, with the exception of occasional promotions on selected flights to fill the empty seats. So, if you already have your travel dates set, it's better to book now and don't wait any longer.
From Madrid, you can get around with Vueling, and even Iberia can have some cheap flights. (if you need a returnflight from Prague, you should also check Iberia, as sometimes they can be pretty cheap. On other occasions they are expensive). For travelling within Spain, you can also check Spainair, Clickair and AirEuropa.
Also notice, that you can get from Madrid to Malaga using the train, the AVE gets to Malaga in just under 3 hours.
Most airlines, sell out their cheap seats pretty early, so you should try to book at least 2 months in advance, and in the summer months, maybe even 3 months. I am not saying you will not find cheap seats if you wait longer, but the chances are getting slimmer.