Cheap 2019 Early Bird Airfares

Each year, airlines release limited-time flight specials to some of the most popular holiday destinations in Europe. Early bird flights are often released between late August and October and offer low airfares for travel in the following year. Once the airlines release their early bird flights, this is a great time to grab a bargian airfare to overseas hot-spots all across Europe. Are you ready to make your travel dreams a reality in 2019? Webjet has your guide on early bird flights and how to make the most of these special deals.

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Purchasing early bird airfares means saving money and getting to visit places you might not visit otherwise. Airlines offer bargains to some of the most popular destinations around Europe. This is also a great time to book discounted flights for the Christmas season, since it tends to be the most expensive time to travel. Whether you’re visiting family abroad or you want to experience a winter Christmas, booking early bird flights for December can save you a lot of money.

If you’re interested in booking some early bird flights, but need a little inspiration on where to go, here are some of Webjet’s top European destinations to visit.

London is an exciting city with so much to do. There’s something for everyone with lots of museums, great food, fun nightlife, and regular festivals and events. From London, you can easily catch a train to visit other parts of the UK. Continue your adventures to Bath, Manchester, and Scotland. If you want to visit another country on your holiday, catch a cheap flight to Dublin or catch the Eurostar over to Paris.

Few cities blend the old and the new quite as well as Rome. The city is full of landmarks that are thousands of years old, and the food is incredible. Extend your trip to experience some other areas of Italy as well, such as Venice, Florence, Lake Como, Cinque Terre, and the Amalfi Coast.

Paris is widely thought of as one of the most beautiful cities in the world. The culture is unlike anywhere else, and the city has a unique sophistication to it. There are so many landmarks to see within Paris and the surrounding region. If you’re in France for a couple weeks, extend your trip down south to the French Riviera or take a tour of the world-famous Bordeaux wine region.

For an authentic Mediterranean experience, Barcelona is an amazing city to explore. The city is full of unique architecture, and the beaches are beautiful. Barcelona is known for its exciting nightlife, perfect weather, and delicious seafood. From Barcelona, catch a train to southern France or continue your journey through Spain and Portugal.

Amsterdam is a city built on a series of canals. It’s incredibly scenic and one of the most photogenic cities in Europe. There’s lots of history, and outside of the city, the Dutch countryside is known for its beautiful tulips and windmills. From Amsterdam, you could easily continue your holiday in Germany, Belgium, or France.

Greece is a dream destination on the Mediterranean. Athens is full of history and landmarks to see. Outside of the city, Greece is made up of 6,000 islands to explore, each offering something a bit different. Some of the top Greek islands to visit are Santorini, Mykonos, Crete, and Rhodes. Greece is the perfect place to go for a relaxed warm weather beach holiday.

Berlin is a unique city with lots of interesting history. Due to its location and history, the Berlin culture feels like a mix of Eastern and Western Europe. The city is a combination of both grungy and sophisticated. From Berlin, continue your adventures through Central Europe by visiting Prague, Vienna, and Budapest—all an easy journey on the Eurail.

Class of Travel

Early bird flights offer deals for all the different flight classes. With the money you save on airfare, it could be the perfect opportunity to upgrade your seat as well. If it has always been your dream to sit first-class on an international flight, booking early could allow you to do so without cutting into your travel budget too much.

 

Economy Class

Economy is the most affordable flight class to book. When you are travelling domestically, economy is usually just a basic seat. However, airlines have really improved the economy experience in recent years. Each airline varies a bit, but almost all long-haul international flights from NZ offer the basic comforts. Airlines serve meals and have personal in-flight entertainment systems where you can watch movies, listen to music, and play games.

 

Business Class

If you are travelling a long distance, upgrading to business class can really increase your comfort onboard. As well as an entertainment system, business class seats have much more room than economy class. The business class cabin on many airlines even has “lie flat” seats, which fully recline so you can have a good sleep and arrive to your destination feeling fresh. Business class has a more extensive menu than first class, offering several courses and the choice of wine, beer, or liquor to accompany your meal.

First Class

First class is the crème de la crème of air travel. It offers a luxurious experience and can be the perfect way to start your holiday. First class is made up of a limited number of seats at the front of the airplane. Seats are spacious, comfortable, and fully recline. First class has an in-flight entertainment system and often has dividers between seats for privacy. A gourmet menu and complimentary drinks are served, and you’ll often be given a glass of champagne right when you sit down. First class also has its perks before you even take off. First class passengers have a designated lounge to go to before the flight and are the first to board. 

Make the Most of Early Bird Flights


Be Flexible

One of the best ways to take advantage of flight deals is to be flexible with your travel dates. Airlines often release early bird airfares for flights within a certain time frame. Book your trip within those dates to save money on airfare and put the extra money toward your experience instead. Airfare varies month by month, and the lowest airfare tends to be in the shoulder season between the high and low seasons.

Book Early

Keep your eye on Webjet, and book your flights as soon as early bird airfares are released. Early bird flights from NZ sell out quickly, so make sure you grab the deal before prices go back up.

Be Open to Stopovers

Direct flights tend to be more expensive, so for the best deals, look at flights that include one or two stopovers. Many international early bird flights from NZ have stopovers in Singapore, Hong Kong, or Dubai. If you have a long stopover, you can even leave the airport and spend some time exploring your stopover city. It’s like having two holidays in one!

Avoid Hub Airports

Early bird flights from NZ often have the best deals to airports with less traffic. But this doesn’t mean you need to change your travel plans completely! Look at smaller cities near the one you want to visit. Rather than flights to Paris, also look at flights to Amsterdam or Brussels. If you want to visit Los Angeles, look at flights to San Francisco or Las Vegas.

Utilise Ground Transportation

If you have booked a flight to an airport outside the main city you want to visit, utilise ground transportation to get there. By booking flights to a smaller city and then catching a train or bus to a bigger city, you’ll save money while also getting to see an extra place!

Compare Several Airlines

Airlines offer different flight specials, so by checking several different ones, you can be sure you’re getting the best deal. If you book through Webjet, you don’t need to worry about this, because we’ll compare the airfare from the different airlines for you!

Plan Ahead

Don’t wait until you see flight specials to start planning your trip. Plan ahead with a general idea of where you would like to visit and what time of year. Then, as soon as the early bird flights from NZ are released, you can scoop them right up!

Prioritise Airlines

Airlines will all have slightly different early bird flight specials. Decide if you want to go for the cheapest airfare available or if you’d rather book through a certain airline. Although your preferred airline’s early bird fares may cost a little more, if you are a frequent flyer with them, it may be worth it. Especially if you are booking long-haul flights, you will earn lots of points that you can put toward your next holiday.
 

Purchasing early bird airfares means saving money and getting to visit places you might not visit otherwise. Airlines offer bargains to some of the most popular destinations around Europe. 

If you’re interested in booking some early bird flights, but need a little inspiration on where to go, here are some of Webjet’s top European destinations to visit:

London is an exciting city with so much to do. There’s something for everyone with lots of museums, great food, fun nightlife, and regular festivals and events. From London, you can easily catch a train to visit other parts of the UK. Continue your adventures to Bath, Manchester, and Scotland. If you want to visit another country on your holiday, catch a cheap flight to Dublin or catch the Eurostar over to Paris.

Few cities blend the old and the new quite as well as Rome. The city is full of landmarks that are thousands of years old, and the food is incredible. Extend your trip to experience some other areas of Italy as well, such as Venice, Florence, Lake Como, Cinque Terre, and the Amalfi Coast.

Paris is widely thought of as one of the most beautiful cities in the world. The culture is unlike anywhere else, and the city has a unique sophistication to it. There are so many landmarks to see within Paris and the surrounding region. If you’re in France for a couple weeks, extend your trip down south to the French Riviera or take a tour of the world-famous Bordeaux wine region.

For an authentic Mediterranean experience, Barcelona is an amazing city to explore. The city is full of unique architecture, and the beaches are beautiful. Barcelona is known for its exciting nightlife, perfect weather, and delicious seafood. From Barcelona, catch a train to southern France or continue your journey through Spain and Portugal.

Amsterdam is a city built on a series of canals. It’s incredibly scenic and one of the most photogenic cities in Europe. There’s lots of history, and outside of the city, the Dutch countryside is known for its beautiful tulips and windmills. From Amsterdam, you could easily continue your holiday in Germany, Belgium, or France.

Greece is a dream destination on the Mediterranean. Athens is full of history and landmarks to see. Outside of the city, Greece is made up of 6,000 islands to explore, each offering something a bit different. Some of the top Greek islands to visit are Santorini, Mykonos, Crete, and Rhodes. Greece is the perfect place to go for a relaxed warm weather beach holiday.

Berlin is a unique city with lots of interesting history. Due to its location and history, the Berlin culture feels like a mix of Eastern and Western Europe. The city is a combination of both grungy and sophisticated. From Berlin, continue your adventures through Central Europe by visiting Prague, Vienna, and Budapest—all an easy journey on the Eurail.

Early bird flights offer deals for all the different flight classes. With the money you save on airfare, it could be the perfect opportunity to upgrade your seat as well. If it has always been your dream to sit first-class on an international flight, booking early could allow you to do so without cutting into your travel budget too much.

 

Economy Class

Economy is the most affordable flight class to book. When you are travelling domestically, economy is usually just a basic seat. However, airlines have really improved the economy experience in recent years. Each airline varies a bit, but almost all long-haul international flights from NZ offer the basic comforts. Airlines serve meals and have personal in-flight entertainment systems where you can watch movies, listen to music, and play games.

 

Business Class

If you are travelling a long distance, upgrading to business class can really increase your comfort onboard. As well as an entertainment system, business class seats have much more room than economy class. The business class cabin on many airlines even has “lie flat” seats, which fully recline so you can have a good sleep and arrive to your destination feeling fresh. Business class has a more extensive menu than first class, offering several courses and the choice of wine, beer, or liquor to accompany your meal.

 

First Class

First class is the crème de la crème of air travel. It offers a luxurious experience and can be the perfect way to start your holiday. First class is made up of a limited number of seats at the front of the airplane. Seats are spacious, comfortable, and fully recline. First class has an in-flight entertainment system and often has dividers between seats for privacy. A gourmet menu and complimentary drinks are served, and you’ll often be given a glass of champagne right when you sit down. First class also has its perks before you even take off. First class passengers have a designated lounge to go to before the flight and are the first to board. 


Be Flexible

One of the best ways to take advantage of flight deals is to be flexible with your travel dates. Airlines often release early bird airfares for flights within a certain time frame. Book your trip within those dates to save money on airfare and put the extra money toward your experience instead. Airfare varies month by month, and the lowest airfare tends to be in the shoulder season between the high and low seasons.

 

Book Early

Keep your eye on Webjet, and book your flights as soon as early bird airfares are released. Early bird flights from NZ sell out quickly, so make sure you grab the deal before prices go back up.

 

Be Open to Stopovers

Direct flights tend to be more expensive, so for the best deals, look at flights that include one or two stopovers. Many international early bird flights from NZ have stopovers in Singapore, Hong Kong, or Dubai. If you have a long stopover, you can even leave the airport and spend some time exploring your stopover city. It’s like having two holidays in one!

 

Avoid Hub Airports

Early bird flights from NZ often have the best deals to airports with less traffic. But this doesn’t mean you need to change your travel plans completely! Look at smaller cities near the one you want to visit. Rather than flights to Paris, also look at flights to Amsterdam or Brussels. If you want to visit Los Angeles, look at flights to San Francisco or Las Vegas.

 

Utilise Ground Transportation

If you have booked a flight to an airport outside the main city you want to visit, utilise ground transportation to get there. By booking flights to a smaller city and then catching a train or bus to a bigger city, you’ll save money while also getting to see an extra place!

 

Compare Several Airlines

Airlines offer different flight specials, so by checking several different ones, you can be sure you’re getting the best deal. If you book through Webjet, you don’t need to worry about this, because we’ll compare the airfare from the different airlines for you!

 

Plan Ahead

Don’t wait until you see flight specials to start planning your trip. Plan ahead with a general idea of where you would like to visit and what time of year. Then, as soon as the early bird flights from NZ are released, you can scoop them right up!

 

Prioritise Airlines

Airlines will all have slightly different early bird flight specials. Decide if you want to go for the cheapest airfare available or if you’d rather book through a certain airline. Although your preferred airline’s early bird fares may cost a little more, if you are a frequent flyer with them, it may be worth it. Especially if you are booking long-haul flights, you will earn lots of points that you can put toward your next holiday.
 

*Prices are subject to availability, include taxes and airline surcharges. All prices on this page are subject to change without notice. Whilst Webjet makes every effort to provide you with accurate and up-to-date information, in the event a product is listed at an incorrect price, whether due to typographical, photographic, or otherwise, Webjet may refuse or cancel any orders placed for a product listed at the incorrect price.