How to Find 9 Euro Flight Deals

Posted on September 2, 2011

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You’ve probably heard tales about a friend of a friend of a friend who was traveling or studying in Europe and bought a 9 Euro ticket from Pisa to London. It might seem unbelievable, but such incredibly cheap flights do in fact exist. This article provides a step-by-step guide to finding these deals, so you too can return home with tales of insanely cheap vacations that will make your friends gasp with disbelief and jealously.

By Peter Langlois

When it comes to cheap flights, Ryanair is where the magic happens. Ryanair almost always runs an airfare sale with flights priced as low as 9 Euros. The tricky part is finding these flights and then booking within a rather strict set of conditions. Also important is thrift. Ryanair might offer only 5-10 seats on each flight at the super discounted price, so it’s important to be one of the first people to find out about the deal and book online.

Here’s a step-by-step guide on staying on top of the flight deals, so you can be one of those lucky few:

  1. Visit Ryanair.com. The first thing you notice upon entering the website is an insanely garish advertisement laughing in your face about incredibly cheap deals you can’t find. Don’t worry, because upon finishing this article, you’ll be laughing right alongside this annoying banner at everyone else who was just as frustrated as you 5 minutes ago.
  2. Change the language/country. Ryanair automatically displays the website in English (and flight deals departing from UK cities). If you’re studying in another country, you won’t find the deals you want. For the sake of providing an example, let’s say you’re studying in Perugia, Italy. In the top right corner, you would click on the language/country selector drop-down and pick “Italia (Italiano).” Th website would then change into Italian. If you can’t speak the language of the country you’re studying in, this will be a great opportunity to practice!
  3. Click on that garish banner. Now that you’re viewing the page in Italian, click on that flashing banner. This will bring you to a new page displaying flights departing from one particular city in your country. In the case of Italy, you will automatically view flights departing from Rome. However, the closest Ryanair airport to Perugia is Pisa. Scroll down the page and you’ll see a list of departure cities. Click on “Pisa.” This will change the departure city further up the page and show you all the cheap flights originating from Pisa, along with the base price of that flight.
  4. Choose a destination. This is the fun part. You can peruse a list of 20-30 destinations that cost as low as 5 Euros each way.
  5. Book it. This is the part that gets a bit tricky. You see a list of 4 different booking conditions at the top of the page. Here’s what these 4 conditions mean:
    Booking Period:
    These are the dates that you have to actually make the booking and pay with your credit card. It is usually a 2-3 day period.
    Travel Period:
    This is a 3-week window of dates that you can travel. This means your flight has to actually depart and return within this time frame.
    Applicable Days:
    These are the days of the week that you can travel. These are usually Monday to Thursday. This means your flights have to depart and/or return on these specified days of the week, usually from Monday to Thursday.
  6. Sign up for the flight deal email list. In order to be the first to know about the flight deals, you’ll want to sign up for Ryanair’s email list. After clicking on the garish banner, you’ll notice a blue oval link with white writing that says “REGISTER FOR OFFERS.” Click that link and you’ll arrive at a page where you can fill in your email address. Every time they open up a new flight deal, you’ll be the first to know, so you can check out the cheap flights and hopefully snag one of those few cheap seats.

The travel restrictions Ryanair imposes on these flight deals definitely make it difficult to take advantage of the low fares, especially if you’re on a strict class schedule. But if you’re diligent about checking for deals and quick on your feet, you can usually manage to purchase at least one leg of your journey at the sale price. This will still save you some serious dough.

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