International Flights

Ticketing Tips

Timing

  • Flight prices are highly contingent on the season-consider going during off-peak season.
  • Be flexible on departure times.  Afternoon flights can be more expensive.
  • Flights are usually cheaper during mid-week travel.
  • If possible, check alternative itineraries by altering the leave and return dates; Monday-Wednesdays are usually the best departure days.

Other Considerations

  • When buying tickets for extended travel, look into buying an open-ended ticket and thoroughly evaluate the airline's policies regarding changing ticket return dates.
  • When flying into large cities, check flights coming into different airports for cheaper alternatives.
  • If you are considering buying specific country flight passes (such as the Boomerang pass in Australia), keep in mind that often they can only be bought from the United States.
  • Check airline hubs for cheaper flights, however, sometimes non-local airlines offer deals to entice potential customers.
  • Before purchasing a ticket, be sure to find out about the cancellation, exchange, and refund policies. Think twice before purchasing non-refundable tickets, or consider buying flight cancellation insurance.

Online Travel Search Engines

Although somewhat less predictable than using a travel agent, booking online may save travelers a considerable amount of money. Online agencies may offer less customer support than the personal service given by a travel agent, so remember to read the fine print.

Check out these sites:

expedia.com
Discounted prices on air, car & hotels

studentuniverse.com
Discounted airfare just for students

STA Travel
Great listing of travel deals for students

kayak.com
A great site that searches multiple airlines consecutively

orbitz.com
Discounted prices on air, car & hotels

www.itasoftware.com www.airfarewatchdog.com www.cheapflights.com

Flying within Europe

icelandair.com
Consistently good prices for certain European destinations

www.aerlingus.com
offers inexpensive round-trip fares to and from Ireland

www.easyjet.com
inexpensive flights in the UK and Europe

www.ryanair.com
deals focused around Britain and Northern Europe, but also includes other locations

www.europebyair.com
Finds and compares all inter-European Airlines

Flying within Asia and the South Pacific

www.Flyasia.com
Cheap flights in and around Asia

www.Airasia.com
Finds and compares all Asian Airlines

Flying within South America

www.exitotravel.com
Travel deals for flights within South America

www.lan.com
Flights all over South America

Travel Agencies

AAA
3959 2nd Street South #210
Saint Cloud, MN 56301
(320) 251-6200
www.mn-ia.aaa.com

Bursch Travel
2800 W Division Street
St. Cloud, MN 56301
(320) 251-3180
www.burschtravel.com