You’re going to the United States! Whether traveling for business or pleasure, there are a few simple things to consider. First, how are you going to get there? And second, where are you going to stay? You will need to make decisions regarding your international flight and accommodations once you arrive.
When thinking about an international flight from Ireland to the United States, there are a few things to consider. It’s important to note the flight itself will take anywhere from 8 to 17 hours, depending on your destination, so the traveler needs to take into consideration whether he/she wants to fly as a coach passenger or fly first class. It is always best to book your travel as far in advance as possible to get the most reasonable rates.
There are many websites where you can begin your search. As with anything else, there are considerations when booking with an airline (such as Air France or Aer Lingus). One of the most important is how many bags allowed each passenger, and the fee for checked bags (if fees apply). There are many user-friendly sites when searching for flights. Here is a list:
Many of the same sites used to book your flight will allow you to book hotel stays. Even if you book a package deal for your trip, you may be heading to multiple destinations while traveling, and need to book more than one hotel. Travelocity, Expedia, Trivago, Kayak, VRBO, and Priceline all offer the opportunity to book hotel stays with just a few clicks of the mouse.
If you would like to make your search a little easier, you can book a package deal, which includes the flight, hotel, and even a rental car. Package deals usually offer cheaper hotel rates than booking hotels separately. This option is helpful for the traveler staying in one city or makes a good starting point for your initial leg of the trip. Travelocity is well-known for its package travel offerings. The traveler can book almost everything he/she needs in one simple visit. You can choose the best flight based on your needs, and Travelocity always offers a list of hotels/motels available either at or very near, your destination city. Other popular sites offering vacation packages are:
No matter your booking preference, it’s always best to have your trip to the United States planned out ahead of time. If applicable, list the dates you will be visiting cities outside of your initial destination so when it comes time to research and book your flight and hotel(s), you are ready to go. Lastly, be mindful in checking your flight status as your travel date nears. There’s nothing worse than showing up the airport only to realize your flight has been severely delayed, or even canceled.