We’re always looking for ways to bag cheaper flights, whether it be booking last minute, looking for a package deal or good old fashioned haggling.
We’re going to take a look at five top tips, which will hopefully help you to bag a bargain next time you’re jetting off on holiday.
Use comparison sites
The number one tip is to make use of price comparison sites to make sure you get the best possible deal.
This being said, they don’t necessarily all check the same firms, so be sure to try a couple.
You can never do too much research, so the more time you put in, the better price you’re going to get.
While some people like to hang on and try and secure a last minute deal, we spoke to travel company Globehunters, who said: “We’d always recommend booking as early as possible once you know your destination and travel dates, as you’ll often save just as much if not more than you would by waiting.
“Also, evenings after 6pm are generally the best time to book (especially Tuesdays), whereas Saturdays tend to be the most expensive.”
The budget airlines such as Ryanair and EasyJet generally start to sell their flights for the summer season toward the end of the previous summer, so you can start browsing flights as early as you’d like!
Package holidays have fallen out of favour with many, as it can often be easier to do it yourself now with the amount of options available online.
But while this is great for city breaks, if you’re going to a traditional holiday resort for seven, 10 or 14-day holiday, package holidays can still work out to be the best value option.
Package holiday operators are also usually always ATOL protected too, so you’re automatically protected if something goes wrong.
Choose indirect flights
If you’re ok with the inconvenience, opting for a flight with stopovers could potentially save you hundreds of pounds.
When you bear in mind that stopovers can sometimes only add a couple of hours onto your flight, the inconvenience can sometimes be worth it.
Comparison websites will allow you to filter by direct and indirect flights, so it’s always worth a check, although perhaps not if you have young children who are going to get restless.
While this isn’t always possible, it’s important to try and be as flexible as you possibly can when booking flights.
If you live near multiple airports, this means considering whether it might be more cost-effective to fly from somewhere else, although be careful that you don’t just cancel out your savings by spending more on petrol or public transport.
The same works on the other side, could you fly to an out of town airport at your destination and save money that way?
If you can travel outside of school holidays or at other traditionally inconvenient times such as mid-week, this could also help to bump the price down a little.