Do you have your heart set on a once-in-a-lifetime trip to Morocco, but you’re still coming to terms with the sticker shock of airline prices? Luckily, as more Morocco budget flights are become available, you have more options than ever. We think money is better spent having an amazing on-the-ground experience than on jacked up flight prices so we’ve put together our secrets on using budget airlines to Morocco.
Check out the long list of budget airlines flying to Morocco. Ryanair and EasyJet are the usual go-to suspects for budget fares to Morocco, but there are others. Don’t be afraid to branch out to find a deal. Below is a more extended list of budget airlines and which Moroccan cities they serve:
- Air Arabia: Beni Mellal Casablanca, Errachidia, Fez, Khouribga, Marrakesh, Nador, Tangier
- Air Berlin: Agadir, Marrakesh
- Easyjet: Agadir, Casablanca, Essaouira, Marrakesh
- Germanwings: Casablanca, Marrakesh, Nador Tangier
- Norwegian: Marrakesh
- Ryanair: Agadir, Essaouira, Fez, Marrakesh, Nador, Oujda, Rabat, Tangier
- Transavia: Agadir, Casablanca, Essaouira, Fez, Marrakesh, Oujda
- Vueling: Casablanca, Fez, Marrakesh, Nador, Rabat, Tangier
If you’re coming from somewhere other than Europe you can often find inexpensive tickets to Europe and then pair them with a point-to-point ticket on a discount airline. Just keep in mind low cost airlines often have strict luggage policies and additional fees. Work out all possible ways to book and compare before making your decision.
Watch the calendar closely and strategically plan your vacation dates around low season. Prices tend to skyrocket during the Christmas and New Year holiday season, and again during summer school vacations in July and August. Consider traveling off-season for better deals. If your seasonal plans aren’t flexible, consider traveling on the day of the Christmas or New Year holiday itself, when fares may be cheaper and flights quieter.
Also, for the ultimate cultural experience, consider flying to Morocco during Ramadan. This means that restaurant options may be fewer, but flights (and everything else!) tend to be cheaper. Plus, you’ll get to see for yourself the excitement and spirituality that descends upon the country during this special time.
Revise your final airline destination and take a ferry for the last leg of your journey. If time isn’t a factor but money is, consider making your final air destination Spain instead of Morocco. Then, take a ferry from Algeciras or Tarifa to Ceuta or Tangier. For the adventurous traveler, the ferry ride can add an exciting step to your journey and make you feel like a real explorer. From most ferries, you can even catch views of Gibraltar. For detailed ferry information and schedules, check out FRS, Balearia, and Trasmediterranea.
Consider taking different airlines for your arrival and return. Budget airlines have been known to run amazing specials where you can get a flight to the country for a super discounted price, under the assumption that you’ll also buy a more expensive, full-priced ticket back with the same airline. If you find deals for a fabulous one-way fares, consider buying two one-way tickets with different airlines for a lesser total amount than you’d pay if you stuck with the same airline.
Twitter, Twitter, Twitter! Often, Twitter followers are the first ones to be let in on an airline’s new deals or flash sales. Create a Twitter list of the airlines mentioned above so you’ll be in the loop on any deals. It’s not just Twitter though, many airlines share deals on social media in general so be sure to start following ahead of time so you know when a deal pops up.
Set Alerts. Many airline aggregators like Momondo or Kayak allow users to set alerts for flights. You input the departure and arrival points along with your potential travel dates and set an alert. You’ll get an email whenever there is a discount or flight sale. The more flexible you are the better your chance of scoring a great deal!
If you have questions about making the most of your time getting to and in Morocco don’t hesitate to reach out. We’re happy to give you advice and help you step by step in planning your vacation. Call or email us to get started!