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Reader tip on booking European discounters

Ian Chandler responded to our recent post about a new site describing the various European low-cost airlines, and we wanted to make sure you saw his tip:

The best way to find the cheapest fares in Europe is to do a bit of intense Googling and then go direct to the airline websites. Be very careful when you book to study the booking conditions and options - Ryanair, in particular, is devised with the cunning of Satan to part you from more money than you might expect. Beware of paying for "priority boarding" - on some flights, all passengers had paid for this, which made the option meaningless. Also, be aware that these airlines will charge you for every ounce of excess baggage. One other thing: within Continental Europe, it is often quicker and cheaper - and much pleasanter - to take the train than to fly.

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Note:This story was accurate when it was published. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.

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