Aer Lingus “Study in Ireland Program”

For my first return post, I thought I’d share a nice deal offered especially to Study Abroad Students!

According to their website, AerLingus (an Irish airline) is offering students studying in Ireland a special deal this summer through their “STUDY IN IRELAND Program.”

They’ll be offering “special airfares and a free date change to their return flight.” I like how it says you can change your return flight. Probably because so many students fall in love with Ireland and just want to stay a little bit longer (I know I did!).  Actually, it says you can even move the date of your return flight up (but who would want to?!?).  

The offer is for travel to or from Dublin or Shannon, Ireland on the following dates:

  • August 17-December 20, 2016 (Fall Semester)
  • January 6 – May 30, 2017 (Spring Semester)

Flights include those to/from Boston, Chicago, Hartford (as of Sept. 2016), Los Angeles, New York, Newark (as of Sept. 2016), Orlando, San Francisco, Toronto, and D.C.  Only individual students studying abroad get this special plan. 

However, the website also offers “special fares for Family & Friends Interested in travelling with or visiting the student while in Ireland (fares based on availability).” Awesome! Your best friend could come and visit you too!

For more details about the specifics and limitations, you can use the following resources:

If you try this program out, let us know how it goes! Excellent? Good? Bad? Terrible? Pass it on!

DISCLAIMER: This website is not affiliated with Aer Lingus in any way. My and my website are not responsible for anything AerLingus does or the program they are offering or anything else. I’m just letting you know what the website says.

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When should you book?

Same is true of buying study Abroad tickets 🙂

When you should actually book your next vacation. Great tips for saving some dough on your next trip!:

via “Buzzfeed”

Tips for finding cheap airline fares

“Tips for finding cheap airline fares”

via “The Associated Press”

TIPS FOR FINDING CHEAP FARES

— Travel during off-peak times. Two of the slowest periods for air travel are Dec. 1 to Dec. 14 and then Jan. 4 to Feb. 15.

— Fly on slow days. Planes tend to have the most empty seats on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays.

— Do a flexible date search. Sites like ITA Software and Cheapair.com let travelers pull up a calendar with the cheapest days to fly between two airports.

— Consider nearby airports. Driving an extra 50 miles might save $100 per person.

— Look for routes flown by Frontier, Southwest and Spirit. Other airlines are matching or beating their fares.

— Take advantage of the 24-hour rule. Passengers have 24 hours after buying a ticket to get a full refund. The day after booking a flight, check back to see if fares have fallen. Cancel and rebook at the lower price. . . . .

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Various Carry On Luggage Sizes

I  can’t cover all of the airlines, but I think this should give you a good idea of the average free checked luggage allowances.  Presumptions: flight from USA and on an economy ticket.  You can also find this on the website.

Airline Size Number Weight
China Southern 20×40×55 1 Piece 11 lbs
American Airlines 35 inches; 45 inches 1 Personal item; 1 Carry On
United Airlines 9x14x22 inches; 9x10x17 inches 1 Carry On; 1 Personal Item
Delta Airlines 45 inches total 1 Carry On; 1 Personal Item
Emirates 22 x 15 x 8 inches 1 Personal Item 15 lbs
Southwestern Airlines 10 x 16 x 24 inches 1 Carry On; 1 Personal Item
Lufthansa 21x15x9 inches 1 Carry On 17 lbs
Air China 21x15x7 inches 1 Carry On 11 lbs
Air France 21x13x9 inches 1 Carry On; 1 Personal Item 26.5 lbs
British Airways 22x18x10 inches; 18x14x8 inches 1 Carry On; 1 Personal Item 50 lbs

 

Various Checked Luggage Sizes

I  can’t cover all of the airlines, but I think this should give you a good idea of the average free checked luggage allowances.  One thing that appears to be consistent- 62 inches total size around. Presumptions: flight from USA and on an economy ticket.

Airline Size Free Pieces Weight
China Southern 62 Inches Total 2 Pieces 50 lbs
American Airlines 62 Inches Total 2 Pieces 50 lbs
United Airlines 62 Inches Total 0 Pieces 50 lbs
Delta Airlines 62 Inches Total 1 Piece 50 lbs
Emirates 62 Inches Total 2 Pieces 50 lbs
Southwestern Airlines 62 Inches Total 2 Pieces 50 lbs
Lufthansa 62 Inches Total 1 Pieces 50 lbs
Air China 62 Inches Total 2 Pieces 50 lbs
Air France 62 Inches Total 1 Pieces 50 lbs
British Airways 81 Inches Total 1 Pieces 51 lbs