Traveling From the U.S. to Your Host Country
Your first step is getting to Spain, and you want to do this as cheaply as possible. First, check with your university to see if you can be reimbursed for your air travel costs. If so, check the requirements and if you can apply. Second, it is cheaper to buy 1 round-trip ticket instead of 2 individual tickets. If you don´t have a certain date that you would like to return home, some of the larger companies offer the option to buy a round-trip ticket with the return end open, meaning you can choose your return date later.
www.studentuniverse.com à This site caters to students, teachers, and youth. You have to actually prove you are one of these before you can book a flight. For students this is easy enough, you only have to upload a current transcript from your university.
Traveling Within Europe by Air
Once you are in Europe traveling is quite cheap in comparison with traveling within the U.S.
www.skyscanner.com à Skyscanner works like a search engine for airline companies, this way you can find the cheapest flight possible.
www.ryanair.com à Cheap flights but charges for luggage and paying online with a credit card. You have to check-in online and print your own boarding passes before going to the airport (or they charge you at the airport). They have strict size and weight restrictions for carry-on luggage. And throughout the entire flight, the flight attendants pass through the aisles attempting to sell you different items. If you want to sleep during the flight, I would recommend bringing an IPOD. Despite all the critiques, this is the airline I used the most because of the cheap flight prices and I saved by carrying a backpack instead of a suitcase.