How to book your holiday flights

The flight bookings for the summer vacation are approaching, at the same time the offer of the airlines is becoming increasingly confusing. Here are six tips on how to get the most out of your trip and no surprises at check-in.

Airline bankruptcies, unclear tariffs, hidden costs for luggage: If you book a flight, you can do a great deal wrong. In the worst case, the entire holiday falls into the water. But also horrendous extra fees for a suitcase can make the mood very sensitive.
What travelers have to look out for when booking a flight – a checklist:

Better package or just book a flight?

If the airline goes bankrupt on a package holiday, the tour operator takes care of the tourist for an alternative transport – without surcharge. For example, anyone who books the flight individually on the airline’s website will be holding a ticket that is often worthless after a bankruptcy – and will not get its money back. In the recent Germania bankruptcy this affects about 360,000 flight bookings . Anyone who has booked tickets for the entire family will soon be sitting on several hundred euros and will not go on holiday on top of that.


How To Book Flights Cheap And Proper

Already the bankruptcy of Air Berlin has made travelers painfully aware that their paid-in money is not secured. Although the German travel association demands a bankruptcy insurance for airlines. But whether this comes, is questionable.

Book via comparison portal or directly on the airline website?

If you are looking for a flight without an organizer package, ask yourself the question: Where to book? Comparison portals and flight search engines on the Internet offer the advantage that the airlines and prices on the selected route can be compared well.

According to the experience of the goods testers, bookings on portals are often intransparent , fees are charged on the initially displayed price, the cancellation is complicated and expensive. The airlines performed better here in the past. The tip: Tourists should first check on portals, which fly cheap on the desired route – and then book with the airline.

Which booking class should it be?

Economy, Premium Economy, Business or First: Air travelers have the choice between different booking classes. Business class tickets or even first class flights are very expensive. So probably most tourists land at economy fare. The Premium Economy lures with more legroom , sometimes separate check-in and a higher mileage credit – for this, air travelers have to pay a little more .


Passengers should take a close look at the Premium Eco: The included services vary depending on the airline, as the magazine “Clever Reisen!” explained. The Premium Economy on board is not always an independent class between Economy and Business Class Flights.

Is the checked bag included?

Most passengers book a simple economy plane ticket. But this is where the confusion begins. Today, the tariffs within this booking class are divided into different variants – the services included are different. For example, Lufthansa offers three economy fares on European flights : Light, Classic and Flex. A three-tier system in the Eco is increasingly gaining ground in other premium airlines as well.


Economy Light or Economy Basic is usually the cheapest fare. Only hand luggage is included, baggage and the reservation of a seat cost extra. Rebooking and cancellations of tickets are usually not possible. Who chooses a light ticket, so gets a scope of services that resembles the conditions of a low-cost airline. Extras cost extra.

Add extra luggage?

If you have chosen the economy full fare, you do not have to worry about it. The large suitcase flies in vain, the seat is chosen online for free at check-in. But it is also different: Book the cheap Light fare and add luggage for an additional charge. Depending on the route – especially for routes within Europe – this may be cheaper than the standard fare.


In contrast, it looks on long-haul flights on which the airlines now offer hand luggage fares . Those who book the suitcase here extra pay heavily: usually between 40 and 70 euros are due – each way. This has the magazine “Travel & Prices” determined. Conclusion: Air fares only with hand luggage are not worthwhile on the long haul rather.


Important: If you choose the Light fare, you should add the extra luggage at an additional cost when booking the ticket. This is cheaper than registering the suitcase retroactively online. For Ryanair, for example, you pay 40 euros per suitcase – just 25 euros per booking.

How big is the hand luggage?

Those who fly cheap only with carry-on luggage, must also be careful. The conditions of airlines for carrying trolleys, bags and backpacks in the cabin are different. While most premium carriers allow a large carry-on bag as well as a small bag, for example , Easyjet only has one piece of hand luggage for free. A larger trolley passengers can give up for a fee.