The notification on your phone boasts: A trip across the Atlantic is cheaper than a fight in Florida. And that’s true.
But before blindly buying the travel bargains that social media influencers tout, you should probably do your homework.
Some offers are legitimately good. For example, Scott’s Cheap Flights tweeted Thursday about low fares to Ireland for St. Patrick’s Day 2022. This deal is 100% verified.
With just two searches, we found round-trip flights from San Francisco to Dublin by coach for $ 403. For the perspective, a round-trip coach ticket to Miami for the same weekend costs $ 413.
It is irresistible!
BE CAREFUL OF ADDITIONS
If you are buying, be sure to check the details, however. For example: luggage. This $ 413 fare does not include checked baggage. Adding this to our test booking sent the rate up from $ 109 to a new total of $ 522 – which is still a good deal.
Extras – like luggage or seat allocation – vary by airline and can add up quickly. If you are booking through a third-party travel site, take a second before purchasing to visit the airline’s website. Make sure that the travel agency’s calculation of additional costs matches what the airline actually charges passengers.
If you find a discrepancy, put the booking on hold until you are sure what the airline will charge you in extras.
LAST MINUTE OFFERS
Some of the best airfare deals right now are for last minute international travel.
For example, we easily found a round-trip coach flight from San Francisco to Stockholm next week for $ 572. That’s an undoubtedly solid rate for a summer trip that will begin in just a few days. For the perspective: a flight to New York City costs $ 538 the same week.
But, before you book this rate – or any last-minute international deal – stop to ask a simple question: will the country let me in?
WILL YOU BE AUTHORIZED?
In the case of the Stockholm tariff, the answer is likely: no. Due to continuing concerns over COVID-19, the Swedish government continues to enforce an ‘entry ban’. American tourists are unlikely to be allowed in.
Of course, the airline will be happy to sell you a ticket to Sweden. But it’s up to you to make sure you’re allowed in.
Don’t get caught. Do your research before you book.
As of this writing, more than four dozen countries are open to American tourists, according to NBC News. However, many more are closed or have restrictions in place.
Need help? Use the NBC News map at this link to guide you. Then, to be sure, confirm the country’s status on its immigration website.
Fantastic tariffs are emerging between US and UK. Lately, a round trip fare of around $ 500 from San Francisco to London has become quite common.
Entry restrictions in the UK are more flexible than those in Sweden. Still, there are steps to take, COVID tests to take, and places the process could get bogged down. In the worst case: you are ordered to do a mandatory 10-day quarantine.
So, of course, the $ 500 fare might get you excited. But the UK Border Agency’s website might also give you pause. He speaks of a “quarantine hotel package”. Search it on Google. It’s not really a vacation. You will need to book a quarantine hotel managed for ten days and eleven nights, as well as quarantine transport and COVID-19 testing for quarantine days 2 and 8.
Does this dose of reality present this $ 500 theft deal in a different light?