Flight Search Tool
My favorite search tool for finding and subsequently booking flights is Google Flights. Its search function is simple, customizable, intuitive and easy to navigate. You can set up fare alerts here as well. For the past couple of months, including the last week (September 16-22 as of this writing) there have been multiple flights with a variety of carriers priced between $430 and $650 USD. More than a few of these have been in the neighborhood of 12-17 hours travel time, including layovers and plane changes. These are very good prices. After you’ve found and selected a flight you like, you’ll be give options for booking, outside of Google Flights, sometimes directly with the airline, sometimes with a site such as expedia.com. Google Flights makes booking easy. (By the way, I have no affiliation with Google Flights or any of the other websites mentioned here).
Additional flight search tips
I would recommend avoiding flights that involve over 20 hours of travel time, unless you can get a free stopover or long layover with time to see things in your layover city. Icelandair offers free stopovers in Reykjavik, Iceland and serves Dublin Int’l. Flights with around 20 hours of travel time aren’t too bad, though under 20 to Europe is much better. If you are traveling with the group on our departure from our accommodations on March 24th at 10 a.m. and you are planning on getting a flight from Dublin that same day, we recommend you book a flight that leaves no earlier than 6 pm local Ireland time.
Selecting your seat
When selecting your seats, take a look at Seatguru. You just enter the flight number or the aircraft model, if you know it, and you’ll be taken to a seat map of the aircraft with ratings of seats, some of which include helpful comments by other travelers.
Tips for making your flight more comfortable
It’s nice to have a travel pillow, whether or not your flight is an overnight one. There are many to chose from, amazon.com being a good source for dozens of options with reviews. A pillow that you can arrange in multiple ways and which wraps in some way around the neck and provides support for the back and side of the neck are features to look for. I also recommend a good set of earplugs or noise cancelling headphones for the flight.
If you have something you use at home that helps you sleep, I would bring some along in your carry-on if you plan on sleeping during your flight. If it is something prescribed or over the counter, I would avoid things that, in your experience, leave you feeling groggy or zombie-like the next morning. Avoiding overly salty foods during your flight is helpful, as is getting up periodically and walking the aisles a few minutes.
When you arrive in Ireland
When you arrive in Dublin, we’ll be getting out into the daylight, which will help in your adjustment to the time change (8 hours ahead of PST). If you arrive earlier than March 16th, I recommend getting out in the daylight and walking about, exploring, and then going to bed close to your normal time. Try to stay up until 8 pm local time in Ireland if you can. Flying overseas can be an adventure in and of itself!
*For those of you who are interested in coordinating your travel with other women and traveling together, I will be setting up a private chat room where you can touch base with each other about these things or other questions, tips, news etc you have.