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How To Get The Cheapest Flights to 'Costa Del Sol'

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These days you can get some seriously great deals on your flights, if you know what you are doing. There are more low-budget airlines than ever, and most of them are adding more flights per week and destinations every year. But what is the best way to go about getting the lowest rates? When should you book and where should you search? In this article we will try to cover the most familiar situations and obstacles.


One frustrating thing about flying is having the knowledge that there might be someone else on the airplane you are sitting on who paid half of what you paid. How did they do it? Well, there are a few guidelines to not only choosing the best airline for you, but also to book at the right time. First off, the budget airlines generally have the best “initial” rates. Some examples would be RyanAir, Thomson, Norwegian, Monarch, Air Berlin, and easyJet. If you travel light, can plan well ahead, and consider yourself (or someone who can help you) computer savvy, then it is really hard to beat their prices. Try to be at least 3 months early to get the best deals.

All airlines set their prices based on a complex calculation, based on ratios between days to departure, seats left available, and competitor pricing. This is why you can sometimes see the pricing go down as you get closer to you departure. It is never fun tosee the procrastinators get the steal-deals, unless you are (was) one of them. Waiting for the last week before you book works every now and then, but only if the airlines have plenty of seats left over. It is a huge gamble, and one that rarely pays off if you are flying to a destination as popular as Costa del Sol. One thing you can do to cover yourself in the event that the prices drop dramatically is to purchase trip insurance. Sometimes visitors to the region who wanted to extend their stay find that their new ticket prices are actually less than their initially purchased tickets. The lower cost can even cover the trip insurance and/or the rebooking fee. While you won’t see this in June, July, August, or September, you might get lucky in the Golf Season, from October to January.

The reason budget airlines isn’t always the cheapest deal is because they have a LOT of stipulations you will have to follow, or you will get smacked with huge extra fees. Planning on having a suite case checked? Extra charges for you! Booking over the phone? Extra. Didn’t print your ticket at home? Extra. Your normal sized carry on could very well be larger than your airline’s maximum dimensions, so the outcome is as expected – Extra! A family traveling with babies or toddlers might find the cost of the additional luggage needed exceeding the savings they received on the initial ticket price. Major airlines, such as SAS, Air France, and British Airways generally allow heavier bags, more bags, and larger bags, all for the price of your ticket.

Costa del Sol is located in the autonomous community of Andalusia (Andalucia in Spanish). There are two international airports for you to fly in to when you come to visit the region:  Malaga International Airport on the coast in the North East, and Gibraltar International Airport in the South. Malaga is by far the largest airport, and has the highest number of airlines and flights on a daily basis. It is also the closest to the most popular areas such as Malaga, Marbella, Nerja, Estepona, and Fuengirola. The list of airlines serving the airport is too large for this article, but you can find it here. Gibraltar is served by 4 airlines, and you can find them here.

When you go to buy your tickets you have two main options: You can go to the airline’s own website, OR, you can go to travel website. Budget airlines generally don’t fly to Costa del Sol every day of the week, so try to be flexible with your arrival and departure dates. Not all airlines will be represented on all travel airlines. If you go to a major travel site, such as Kayak, Expedia, Travelocity, or Orbitz, you are unlikely to find the budget airlines’ prices. They represent the major airlines more. You can, however, find other sites that just focus on the budget airlines, with SkyScanner being a favorite. Other options are Wegolo and WhichBudget.

To sum it all up, if you want to get the best deal around do as follows: 1) Start your search early (3 months ahead is good). 2) Check all the budget airline prices and read their fine-print when it comes to luggage. 3) Realize that the best prices advertised might not be the best for you, if you don’t travel light, after you add all the fees. 4) Get trip insurance, so you can take advantage of last-minute deals, for non-peak travel.


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Thank you for your interest in our Two Vacation Rentals in La Cala de Mijas, Spain. Both are in the same complex, have private Jacuzzis on the terrace, 28000 square meters of Sub-Tropical gardens, 2 saltwater Swimming Pools, and all within walking distance to the beach!

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Sophie and Einar are the proud owners of Spanish Vacation Rental's 2 holiday homes in La Cala de Mijas. They are born and raised in Scandinavia, but currently reside in the US. 

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Our 2 Vacation Rental homes are located in La Cala de Mijas on Costa del Sol in southern Spain. La Cala is an old fishing village, with tons of charm, cobblestone streets, Moore ruins, an excellent "Blue Flag"-rated Beach and Restaurants from around the world