Now is the best time to plan to visit Europe, according to travel expert Brian Kelly (founder of ThePointsGuy.com). Brian recommends the following tips when it comes to planning your dream European vacation at an affordable price:
1. Go to Italy and France
With the Euro currently being at $1.07, it’s a great opportunity to explore typically expensive countries such as Italy and France.
2. Find lower cost airlines
While the Euro may continue to slide, it could also go back up so you should lock in future travel now and take advantage of low cost carriers like WOW Air, Norwegian Air and La Compagnie.
3. Book now
Lower fuel prices are bringing down airfare as well. Now is the time to purchase tickets, especially if you’re planning on visiting Europe during the summer since international airfare tends to skyrocket as the date approaches. The longer you wait, the more you’re likely to pay.
4. Take advantage of credit card bonuses
Be sure to take advantage of credit-card sign up bonuses, which alone can defray huge summer vacation costs. For instance, American Express is currently offering a 100,000-mile sign-up bonus for certain cards, which is enough for an international round-trip business class ticket.
5. Use apps for discounted hotels and transportation
Looking for discounted hotels and transportation? Apps such as HotelTonight and Uber (your first ride is free up to $20) also offer sign-up bonuses for new members.
Brian Kelly is “The Points Guy.” He shares his rewards program knowledge with eager consumers across the globe via his website, ThePointsGuy.com.
Passionate about travel and adventure since his childhood, Brian’s worldwide jetsetting earned him elite status with US Airways by his sophomore year in college. He later became a recruiter for a major investment bank; his extensive travel schedule enabled him to master the ins and outs of frequent flyer miles and credit card rewards programs. Due to the massive amount of interest in his advice, Brian left his job on Wall Street in June 2011 to work full-time as a travel blogger and consultant. Through his earning strategies and travel savvy, ThePointsGuy.com now has grown to over 1.5 million unique monthly visitors, with a growing staff of 10 editors and writers keeping their readers up to date on important points and travel news.