travel advice & savings


Changing flights & carriers

I’m definitely a newbie when it comes to budget flights over in Europe, but a question I had was what to do with checked bags during a layover when changing carriers?

We will be flying from Dublin to LGW on Aer Lingus, each of us checking our backpack. We will have a 3 hour layover there and then continue on to Bergen, Norway on Norwegian.

In this instance, should we arrive at LGW, claim our bags, go through security again (first checking in with Norwegian and rechecking our bags on the flight to Norway) and wait for our flight, or will the airport handle cross-carrier flights?

Is Flying more convenient?

My friends and I have been planning a month-long trip to Europe for this summer. We are visiting 7 countries: England, France, Switzerland, Spain, Greece, Germany, and Denmark

We originally were thinking of using the Global Eurail Pass for the 5 out of the 7 countries but are now thinking of taking the plane instead. Our main interest is both cutting down on actual travel time and saving the most amount of money.

How early to get to airport

I’m going through the UK in a few months and found the cheapest way to get from Cardiff to Dublin as well as Belfast to Edinburgh to be by plane. How early should I be arriving at the airport? As early as I would for a US flight? Or is there not as much hassle to get to the plane?

Meeting in Madrid Airport

I am traveling to Europe with a friend. We are both flying in to Madrid, but are on different flights/airlines. Does anyone know this airport and can offer advice on where we could meet? I’m not sure if we’ll have to go thru customs and then meet or if we can meet at baggage claim. I do not think that the person I am meeting is flying in to the same terminal, but I am not sure. We want to be able to have a meeting place without relying on phones. Thanks!