The Joy of Inexpensively Flying Premium Economy Overseas

Fly in Luxury at a Low Cost

Flying Premium EconomyIf you are like The Traveling Professor, you abhor those overnight coach class trans-Atlantic flights from North America to Europe.  They are jam-packed, cramped, and they are practically impossible to get any sleep on.  You could always book business or first class, but that will probably cost about $3,000 or more.  But on a recent small group tour to Italy, we took an overseas flight from New York to Italy, I flew in comfort with a good 6 hours of shut-eye, for less than a coach-class seat.  See why Premium Economy is the only way to go to Europe.
Thursday, October 17, 2019/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (515)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.0
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Are Free Airline Upgrades Even Possible?

Read on How to Get Free Airline Upgrades

get first class upgradeEveryone loves to get upgraded when flying.  There's more legroom, free drinks, better food, and it's just a heck of a lot nicer than getting stuck in coach.  However, as we all know, upgraded seats can cost a lot of money.  For instance a round trip flight in coach between JFK to Paris CDG on American Airlines in October runs $454 in coach.  Upgrade to first class on your own and it will cost $4,992.  So, who wouldn't want to get upgraded for free?  But in general, airlines are stingy.  However, they are exceptionally stingy when it comes to giving away upgraded seats. In today's blog post, The Professor gives some tips on how to get that "free" upgrade.

Monday, July 22, 2019/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (330)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.5
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Shockingly Low Air Fares to Europe

Bargain Fares Even for Luxury Flights

cheap airfares to europeEveryone is always looking for inexpensive flights to Europe. I can remember flying R/T between New York and Paris in 2000 for $351 and I thought that was a bargain.  Can you get to Europe even cheaper now?  You sure can.  By using some easy strategy, it is easy to get to Europe on legacy airlines like American, Delta, and British airlines. Check out today's blog post and see The Traveling Professor's tips on bargain airfares to Europe both in economy and luxury class. 

Sunday, July 7, 2019/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (433)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.0
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4 Ways to Save on Airfare that Make No Sense

Airfare Pricing is Crazy, So there are Some Crazy Solutions

crazy ways to find low airfaresNo one can figure out how airlines price fares. There are a lot of theories like always fly on a Tuesday or Saturday, buy airfares on a Tuesday, and many other ideas.  The Traveling Professor prices out airfares for hundreds of travelers each year, and although it is difficult to find any consistency to how airfares are prices, check out some of the techniques The Professor uses to find the best fares.

Thursday, May 30, 2019/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (473)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.0
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How to Save LOTS of Money with Throw Away Ticketing

However, Caution is Urged of the Consequences

hidden city airline ticketsEveryone is always looking for ways to save money on airline tickets.  If you look at The Traveling Professor's blog posts on how to save money on airline tickets, travelers can implement easy methods to save significant amounts of money on airline tickets.  There is one way to save on airline tickets, but it is a controversial one, and not without risks.  You may have seen the recent article "Lufthansa Airlines Sues Customer Who Skipped Part of His Return Flight".   This customer used a "throw away" or "hidden city" ticket on the return and did save a substantial amount of money.  Let's talk about throw away tickets, the advantages, disadvantages, and possible penalties of using this travel strategy.

Thursday, February 14, 2019/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (371)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 5.0
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3 GREAT Things to Know When Booking International Airfare

Be Smart and Know These Essential Tips When Booking International Airfare

Tips for Booking International AirfaresThere is little rhyme or reason on why airlines price airfares the way they do.  I'm not sure if anyone can figure it out. However, there are some things that can be counted on. In this blog post, The Traveling Professor goes over some very basic pointers to take into consideration when purchasing international airfares.  These tips will help the traveler save time, save money and relieve some of the confusing issues surrounding the purchase of international airfares.

Thursday, January 10, 2019/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (743)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.5
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A Quick Tip for Getting Cheaper Flights

Save a Little Bit of Money on Your Next Flight

airline booking tipsSome of the most popular blog posts on The Traveling Professor website are those involving saving money on airfares. The Traveling Professor assists over 100 people per year in booking airfares and over that time he's found ways to make the flying experience a little bit less expensive.  Today, The Professor has a quick tip for travelers.
Tuesday, November 27, 2018/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (414)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.3
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How to Get the Best Airfares to Italy

Get to Italy Less Expensively and in More Comfort

Small group tours to ItalyOn The Traveling Professor's small group tours to Italy, we often help travelers in getting airfare to and from Italy. Airfares to Italy can vary greatly.  For instance, we selected travel dates departing from New York's JFK airport on June 1, 2019 and returning on June 10, 2019 to demonstrate how travelers can get the best airfares to Italy.  Read the blog post and hopefully The Traveling Professor can help you save money on airfare to Italy.

Tuesday, November 13, 2018/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (390)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.6

Two Tips for Comfortable and Inexpensive Air Travel

Fly Comfortably and Inexpensively to Europe

premium economy flightsThe Traveling Professor just got back from a 42-day trip.  We did a small group tour to Scotland.  We also traveled with a small group to Paris and the Normandy Invasion Beaches.  Our last small group tour was to Croatia for a land and sea trip. On top of that, let's throw in an overnight stay in Barcelona on the way home for just me and Linda.  The worst part about traveling to/from Europe are the flights of course.  On this trip we followed two of my tips and flew to and from Europe comfortably and although not necessarily cheaply, but we felt we got a great value on our flight.  Check out The Traveling Professor's blog post for more details.

Monday, October 22, 2018/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (456)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.5
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2 Tips for Flying to Europe Inexpensively and Comfortably

Get to Europe Cheaper and Comfortably

How to Fly to Europe Inexpensively The worst part about travel to Europe is the horrible experience that it is to fly coach class on a trans-Atlantic flight. In this blog post, I will give a great tip on how to fly to Europe in comfort without spending the big bucks to fly business class.  And if just looking for a way to get there inexpensively on one of those legacy carriers, The Traveling Professor will give you some good tips on that too. Check out today's blog post on how to get to Europe inexpensively and in comfort. 

Friday, August 31, 2018/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (794)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.8
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Who Traveled With Us in 2019

who travels with The Traveling ProfessorThe Traveling Professor ran small group tours to Iceland, Peru and Machu Picchu, Scotland, Croatia, Italy, Normandy Invasion Beaches, and Canada in 2019.  We had a wonderful year, making new friends and traveling to great places.  But who goes on Traveling Professor tours?  In this blog post, we will tell you the number of people and what the make-up of our small group tours looks like.
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26 Places to Eat in Paris

where to eat in ParisAh, we love to eat when we go on our small group tours to Paris.  Who doesn't?  The Professor presents his list of Paris restaurants. The list includes places for breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks.  Some are expensive, some are not.  Some qualify as a great place for a romantic dinner, but most of them are on the casual side. Take advantage of The Professor's experience and see where to eat in Pars. 
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The Perfect 14 Day Introduction to Italy Itinerary

perfect 14 day Italy itineraryEveryone loves Italy.  The Traveling Professor's small group tours to Italy usually covers Venice, Florence, Rome and Sorrento (the Amalfi Coast).  Planning an itinerary can be daunting, but The Traveling Professor makes it easy for the first-time Italy traveler.  See all the great sites, eat wonderful food, experience the culture. Take a look at our introduction to Italy itinerary and get ready to say "Ciao!" to Italy.
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A Visit with Vincent Van Gogh in Auvers

Day trip to Auvers from Paris

Vincent Van Gogh is considered by many to be the greatest painter of all time. He spent much of his time in France.  Those who have gone to Paris with The Traveling Professor on one of his small group tours to Paris can remember walking the neighborhoods frequented by Van Gogh and seeing his paintings at the Musee d'Orsay. In today's guest blog post adapted from a  post originally done by Laura Keefe Junod of VoyageScholar.com, she talks about visiting Auvers - the place where Van Gogh lived, died and is buried. She does a wonderful job of explaining where Van Gogh  lived, died and is buried.

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What to Do in Paris the 2nd Time You Go

what to see 2nd time in ParisThe Eiffel Tower, the Musée d'Orsay, Louvre, Montmartre, Seine River Cruise, Pantheon, Pomidou Center, Rodin Museum, Arc de Triomphe - those are all things people see on their first trip to Paris.  They are timeless sites that probably could be visited time and time again. But what should you see on your second and even third or fourth visit to Paris. In this blog, The Traveling Professor gives some ideas on other great sites that would be superstars in nearly any other place in the world. 
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