Ski Season in Europe is just around the corner and it’s this time of the year when we start to look into planning and booking the big trip.
Before you book, I have one Travel tip to consider in order to save time, comfort and much needed travel cash for your next ski trip.
If you happen to be in the UK taking the bus is not an easy option due to the 24+ hour travelling time it takes to reach the major slopes of Europe.
If time is limited then flying is a much easier option.
Of course we all want to find the cheapest option and flying doesn’t have to cost the earth with a bit of advance planning you can find an affordable price that fits your plans.
Budget airline’s will try to drag you in with their promotional offers, they are cheap and they are tempting, but there is a hidden area they are not telling you about on their advertisement, don’t get trapped into making this mistake!
Before you jump into a decision, consider this first:
What if I was to tell you that Budget airlines might not be the cheapest option and it’s worth checking out and comparing with other carrier airlines as well?
But surely budget airlines will always be the cheapest?
You would be wrong without first checking, purely because Ski holidays come along with many additional costs to consider compared to normal trips.
Heres why flying with a Carrier airline might be a better option
Check out this Infographic that Momondo has created to help outline the situation:
Consider the cost of Baggage allowance and Ski Equipment
As you can see, you MUST take baggage allowance and ski equipment charges into account.
Many airlines offer more baggage allowance than others and charge different rates compared to Budget airlines that charge this as an extra.
It’s difficult to travel with only hand luggage for a ski trip, you have to pack additional gear such as Ski goggles, gloves, thermals, jumpers, helmet, Ski jacket and pants. It all adds up.
Especially if you plan on bringing your own ski gear, as you can see above, some carrier airlines allow you to check in ski gear for no additional charge (Fantastic right!) whilst others will bill you for it.
This is what frequently happens with Ski Trips, you overlook extra costs that come along with this type of holiday, like the Insurance for example>, which has a different policy compared to a normal holiday due to the added risk.
Spending a bit of time in advance planning your trip is both smart and can save you a lot of money in the long run.
Search around before you book
Don’t be tempted straight away by that low price advertised by budget airlines, do a search around before you click confirm, you could save yourself a lot of travel money.
Carrier airlines also come with many additional perks on top as well for no additional cost such as: inflight meals, entertainment, movie system, easier accessible airport, more leg room.
It has everything going for it if you can find a better price
Even if the carrier airline cost a little more I might be tempting to just go for it, just for the added convenience as Ski trips can be stressful, it doesn’t have to be that way.
My tip is to check out Momondo, Compare the flight costs using its advance search engine and see what you can find.
Thank you for reading, I hope you enjoyed this blog post, I’m happy to have collaborated with Momondo with this infographic (They have done a great job!), They’re my most frequently used search engine over the past 2 years and that’s why I’m happy to recommend them to my readers, happy travels and best of luck with skiing this year around Europe!