Hello all! I am currently writing to you from a cute little cafe in the centre of Amsterdam in the Netherlands. I was lucky enough to be able to take 10 days off before starting my new job in the Alpes in December, and decided to go away with my twin sister! I don't know how I managed to do this (well actually yes I do and I will explain below) but I got 4 flights within the EU roundtrip back to Lyon for only **100 EUROS**. I can think of so many things I could buy for 100 euros, but I did not think it would be possible to get 4 flights for this price!
My sister really wanted to head to Amsterdam (obvious reasons), and I have a few friends in London and Copenhagen so I thought I would try to arrange something between these cites. I met a guy named Lewie in Revelstoke, British Columbia when I was travelling out west last year and he was nice enough to let me stay with him and his flatmates in Crystal Palace in London city! And in Copenhagen (haven't gone yet) I have a family friend who used to live in Canada, and who now have moved back to Denmark after many years abroad in Canada.
I'm going to give you a few little insights to how I find the cheapest of cheap flight, which I will share with you below, and the steps that I do it.
Lyon --> London --> Amsterdam --> Copenhagen --> Lyon
1. Google Flights
Google flights is an incredible tool that I find not enough people actually know about. It has so many features that allow you to search flights in an unconventional way. by Dates, Places or Interests or even by One Way, Return and Multi City. It also lets you look by price range, also gives you the option to look at a map as well to fully visualize the options. It gives you suggestions based off of dates and price, and a general area. It's actually pretty amazing! This is what I usually use first to get a general idea of what is cheapest for the range of dates I am looking for, especially last minute!
Skyscanner is great to see all the available flights and airlines that are running routes between cities. I use skyscanner as a base finder. For example I will search Lyon to London and see generally which dates are the cheapest in the range I have chosen, and which airlines are running these flights.
3. Regional Airlines and major hubs close to you
Once I find the routes on skycanner, I go directly to the regional airlines to sort through their schedules to find the cheapest possible date and time. The prices can vary a lot. For example with EasyJet, a flight form Lyon to London can vary form 30 euros to 200 euros in the same day. Going to the direct website and looking through the dates and times in a flexible manner is the best way to find the cheapest possible option. Also looking to see if there is an alternate close airport!
4. Points reward credit card
I have also used my CIBC (Canadian Bank) points credit card to buy lots of flights! Signing up with a credit card doesn't just help with your credit card, if you get the right kind you can also get some flights for free!
Written for you in Amsterdam,
Katy Bird xx