With Summer fast approaching many of you will be looking to book your holidays abroad to escape the stresses of day-to-day life, and the unpredictable UK weather! With flight prices sometimes changing a number of times daily it is difficult to pin down the best offers which can be frustrating as you don’t want to spend more than you have to on what is going to be a pretty expensive purchase. We have found some tips which may help you to get the best possible price; happy holiday hunting!
When you have made the decision that you want to book a holiday you should sign up to receive emails from airlines and holiday companies. Many companies will send out deals and information about offers to their email database so you will always be in the know about when the best prices are available. The same goes for following holiday companies and airlines on social media channels such as Twitter and Facebook. They will often use these platforms to communicate their offers to potential customers too!
When you are looking for you flights ensure that you shop around. There are flight comparison websites which will show you the prices for the different flights which match your specification but it is worth checking with the individual airlines too just in case they have money off codes which the comparison may not take into account. If there is more than one airport near to you, or you have not got a specific destination in mind, you can show this in your flight search and different options will appear. You can then choose the cheapest convenient option!
The weekday that you travel on can also have an effect on the cost of your flight. Weekend flights are usually more expensive than those scheduled mid-week so if you can holiday from Wednesday to Wednesday rather than Friday to Friday this could save you some money. The same goes for the time of year that you decide to fly. If you are not taking children with you try to avoid travelling in the school holidays as prices are massively increased due to it being peak season. Most European holiday destinations have great weather in June and September so try to book your holidays during these months instead to avoid the price hikes!
There is a lot of debate about how far in advance it is best to book your flights. Some say that the earlier you book the better whereas others like to hold out for any late deals that come up. Research has found that booking really far in advance can give you great rates and so can booking around 6 weeks before you travel. The worst times to book were found to be 10 weeks before travel and in the 7 days before you travel. Leaving booking scheduled flights until the last minute is risky as prices go up due to most people booking late doing so as they need to fly urgently, such as to business meetings, meaning that they will be happy to pay any price. Chartered flights, on the other hand, are specifically for those travelling on package holidays so may have spaces left which the airline want to fill cheaply.
When you have found the flights that you want have a look to see what is included in the base price. Things like luggage, credit card charges and meals will sometimes get added to the booking later on as additional extras so to ensure that you are getting the best price make sure that you are aware of what the airline is offering as part of the initial ticket price.
One final tip is to book your flights using a credit card if possible as this way you are protected if anything goes wrong. To find the best credit card for you go to comparison site www.Best4Loans.com and you will be able to find the credit card which is best suited to you.
By Sasha Davison
24th April 2014
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