How to set up a SMS Flight Alert in 7 steps

If you know your destination, flight period and airline about 1 year in advance, you can save a lot of money by booking your flight tickets as soon as possible. And this is where we can really help you. LowCostRoutes.com can’t book your tickets for you, but we can inform you as soon as they are released, either by email or by SMS. Even if the process of setting up the alerts is not very complex, some users have asked for help and I have decided to publish this short step-by-step guide. Continue reading →

How to Book an EasyJet Flight Before Tickets for It Go on Sale

For some time, travellers have been able to book easyJet flights that the search function on the company website showed as unavailable. Here is how you can do so too: On the easyJet homepage, search for a flight to your desired destination but specify a date that’s not too far into the future (e.g. next month). Then, to search for a flight on your desired dates (such as ten months from now), use the Year-view or 3-week-view tabs or the New Search button.

This information should be enough to help you book your flight, but in case it isn’t, a step-by-step explanation of this method follows below. Continue reading →

I Love Lowcost, but Here’s Why I’ll Never Travel with Easybus Again

Buses every 15 minutes? It's more like every hour... and they won't be on time.

Buses every 15 minutes? It’s more like every hour… and they won’t be on time.

I had an awful experience with Easyjet’s sister company. Moreover, I don’t think the lowcost model followed by no-frills airlines works very well for ground transportation.

I booked a trip from London to Luton airport on the Easybus website, in part because I love the lowcost model (in the past five years, I have only flown lowcost; hey, I even blog about lowcost flying! ;-) ) and in part because I was afraid of railway disruptions due to the severe floods that beset the British Isles this winter. Continue reading →

Will Ryanair’s Seat Allocation System Split Families?

family-splitTwo months ago, Ryanair introduced a controversial seat allocation system, where if you don’t pay, you are allocated a seat without your approval and without the possibility of changing it. This way, the airline can put 2 people (such as a mother and her child) on 2 very distant seats. Many of us wondered: Will Ryanair do this on purpose, just to force us to pay for a seat? Continue reading →

How to Get a Free Seat on Ryanair

London Stansted - Milan BergamoLately, Ryanair has changed the way it sells flight tickets by introducing assigned seats. But if you understand their algorithm, you can still get your desired seat for free! I studied their booking process during the last few weeks by gathering statistical data and analysing it. After understanding how their engine works, I will teach you how to get your desired seat on any Ryanair flight for free. Continue reading →

Where to go for Easter in 2014

Orthodox Easter goodies

Orthodox Easter goodies

There is plenty of winter travel still to do, but today I want to jump ways ahead and tell you about where I want to go for Easter in 2014. Why think about Easter, almost six months from now, when there are Norwegian hot water procedures to be had and lots of skiing feats yet to perform? Two reasons. Number one, reserving your plane tickets, ground transportation, accommodation, etc. now will ensure you can still get a good deal; waiting until after Christmas and New Year’s may be too late if you are a low- to medium-budget traveler. Continue reading →

The End of Lowcost?

Flying with lowcost airlines can save you a lot of money.

Flying with lowcost airlines can save you a lot of money.

A lot of traditional airlines find it hard to compete with their lowcost rivals on short-haul routes so they are either shutting down routes or offering discounts on short-distance flights to fill otherwise half-empty planes. Some flag carriers have introduced their own lowcost subsidiaries. Examples include Air France’s Hop and Vueling, whose parent company owns Iberia and British Airways.

It is a far-off prospect but it seems like the civilian passenger airline industry will end up consisting of two distinct types of players, and those won’t be conventional and lowcost.

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Tuscany through the Eyes of a Chef

Chef Justin Cloud

Chef Justin Cloud

Justin Cloud is a professional cook and world traveler based in Boston, USA. Justin has over 14 years of cooking experience, having worked at a variety of culinary establishments in Europe and the United States. For about seven years, he taught cooking at Toscana Saporita, a cooking school in Tuscany.* He has been a students’ finals judge at the prestigious International Culinary Center (formerly the French Culinary Institute) in New York City. Here, he gives travelers tips on how to enjoy the gastronomic delights of the gorgeous Italian province.

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London: The city of a thousand colours

London Bus doubledecker

London Bus double-decker

If you think that London is a cold city with a harsh climate, where the wind always blows and the sun is too shy to play the leading role for an entire day, you are partly right. It is well-known that the Brits never go out without their umbrellas. Nevertheless, the bright colours of this beautiful and fascinating metropolis make up for its grey sky. The famous London taxis, the phone booths and the double-deckers are only a few of the colourful highlights of this city. You cannot go to London and not take a taxi, at least once, in order to experience the reckless driving of the taxi drivers in the city. This is a unique experience even if the price of the ride is not exactly cheap.

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Planning the perfect bachelor party abroad

best-manFrom the moment that you are announced as the Best Man, you know there is only one thing you need to get right. Forget the speech, don’t worry about the rings, it’s all about the bachelor party.

The big news in bachelor parties is taking everybody abroad for one last night of freedom, and low cost flights have opened up this option to thousands of bachelors who wouldn’t have had the chance before.

Low cost airlines have also opened up parts of Europe that people wouldn’t even have thought of visiting ten years ago, and cheap alcohol and a guaranteed great night out have made going abroad the only way to execute a memorable bachelor party.

But if you’re the Best Man and you are tasked with the honour of planning a bachelor party abroad, where do you even begin? Continue reading →