Why splash the cash when you can get it cheaper? Our handy guide shows you when, where, and how to get the best value for money on holiday flights.
The price of flights changes depending on the month, day, and even time you travel. Avoiding the weekends can heavily reduce the overall price, and flying out in the early-morning can knock off a few pounds as well. Research has shown that Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays tend to be the cheapest days to fly as this is when airlines have a greater surplus of seats available.
Always be sure to tick the ‘flexible dates’ box on booking websites – as it’ll allow you to see which dates around your chosen time are the cheapest. Websites with this function include budget airline easyJet and booking websites Ice Lolly and Thomson Holidays.
If don’t mind where you go as long as you get there cheaply, then Skyscanner’s ‘search everywhere’ option lists the cheapest flights from your local airport in price order.
If money is more important than time, consider a flight with a stop-over. Avoid ticking the ‘direct routes only’ box as this will kick out any cheaper alternative routes.
If you need to leave your car at the airport, make sure to book your parking well in advance. You can compare prices nationwide at HolidayExtras.co.uk.
Nowadays many airlines charge for food, so take along your own snacks instead of buying them on the plane or in the airport.