Holidays are expensive enough without paying over the odds for flights. Now the consumer watchdog magazine Which? Has come up with a host of useful tips for saving money on your summer holiday flights. This blog adds in a few tips of our own.
Richard Lloyd, executive director of Which?, said: “We found that people can save a significant sum of money if they shop around for flights and can be flexible, changing the day or time they choose to travel”
Fly mid-week, especially on a Tuesday
The most popular flights are at weekends, especially Sundays, so you’ll find that there are cheaper flights mid-week. And, according to Which?, Tuesday is the cheapest day to fly with British Airways, easyJet and Ryanair. A mid-week flight could save you more than £200 on an average family holiday.
It’s all in the timing
Many flight companies follow the tradition of charging les for flights in the early morning or late evening. For example, you’ll pay a lot less if you’re prepared to get up at the crack of dawn to fly with BA before 7.30am. But, easyJet is different. The most expensive tickets with easyJet are those leaving between 5.45am and 11am. Sao it’s worth checking times of flights to see f you can buy them cheaper.
Check the website flight deal checker sites
Which? Didn’t recommend this but sites such as skyscanner.net, cheapflights.co.uk and edreams.co.uk can show you, at a glance, the flights that are cheaper. You can check these across weeks days and destinations.
Early bird deals
Flight companies want your money, obviously! So they will be more inclined to offer early buy cheaper rates. There is no chance that flights will decrease in price the closer you get to your holiday.
If you know there your flight company and destination but you’re flexible on dates, why not set u a Google Alert. That way you can keep track of any flight sale bargains.
Package versus bespoke
It depends where you are heading. If you’re off to a popular resort it’s likely that a package deal will be cheaper because of the completion between holiday companies and hotels. But if you’re going for a trip that is less standard and out of the way, you will be better booking everything yourself.
Do you have any top tips for securing cheap flights and holidays?