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Have you figured out where you want to go on exchange? Now is the time to arrange transportation. When you’re planning to travel beyond Europe, one of the biggest expenses will be the flight to your exchange destination. Do not worry though, you can easily save yourself 20-30% when booking with the right knowledge and a little bit of patience. Here are some crucial tips that can help you save time and money when booking flights to any destination.

Have you figured out where you want to go on exchange? Now is the time to arrange transportation. When you’re planning to travel beyond Europe, one of the biggest expenses will be the flight to your exchange destination. Do not worry though, you can easily save yourself 20-30% when booking with the right knowledge and a little bit of patience. Here are some crucial tips that can help you save time and money when booking flights to any destination.

  1. Arrange the necessary travel documents

The kind of travel documents that you need depend on the country you’re visiting. Heading out of Europe? Then you need a valid passport to identify yourself with. If you stay within the boundaries of Schengen (this concerns members of the EU and some close allies) an ID card is often enough. Some countries also require a visa. Search for your destination at the website of foreign affairs and make sure you request these documents in time. The process can take up to a month and having to book express service doubles or sometimes even triples the expense.

  1. Explore your options

Start by pin-pointing a set of dates on which it is possible for you to travel and reach your destination within time. Then select a multitude of departure airports that are easy for you to reach. This can for example be Amsterdam, Eindhoven and Dusseldorf for people in the region of Twente, as they are all equally far. By keeping multiple options, you have a bigger chance of getting a good fare. Take note of the prizes on flight comparison websites such as skyscanner.com, google flights or kiwi.com and set fare alerts to get notified when prices drop.

  1. Book your flight

Now, a few weeks later, you should have gotten a global overview of the prizing for your specific trip. Clear your browser’s cookies or use incognito mode to prevent ticket sellers from keeping track of your searches and increasing the prices. Found that bargain? Time to book! Rarely do prices get cheaper the longer you wait. Don’t forget to use frequent flyer points or credit card bonus to get a discount on your flight, if applicable.

In times of corona it might be useful to add a cancellation insurance: you never know if your host country suddenly decides to close its borders. We hope you found this guide useful, happy traveling!