OK, so you want to go to Europe, but you don't want to spend a lot of money getting there. What can you do? There are a few tips to get good deals on flights: you can check alternate dates, alternate departure airports and choose the best month in which to fly. You can also use this travel hack and a little flexibility to save hundreds on your next flight to Europe... by buying two separate tickets.
How can two tickets be cheaper than one, you ask? Well, because the first ticket is to an intermediate city and the second ticket is to your final destination.
Let's illustrate how this travel hack works using New York as the departure city, Lisbon as the destination and Oslo as the intermediate city.
And because it's two separate tickets, anyone taking advantage of the intermediate city travel hack can enjoy a two-city holiday for the price of one! Which is a good idea, actually, as it's smart to schedule a healthy amount of time between your connecting flight considering it's with a different airline and they will not be sympathetic should your flight be delayed.
Free international stopovers are another option to look into for cheap multi-city European vacations, as many airlines offer travelers the ability to schedule a stop on their connecting flights at no extra cost.
If you don't have enough flexibility in your travel plans to use this travel hack, there are still some things you can do: use Hopper's when to fly and buy reports to see the cheapest days to fly to Europe, the cheapest days to book your tickets and to see which airlines are the most affordable.