How to save money on summer flights
Taking a summer holiday may seem out of reach at the moment with the high costs of everything from diesel to food. However, flights haven’t been as affected by price increases as you might think, and in fact flights during the summer can be incredibly cheap. In some cases even cheaper than winter time flying.
Whether it’s a trip to a tropical island for you and your partner, or a cheap family holiday that you’re looking for, there are plenty of tips you can follow to help you get the most you possibly can for your money and even have the summer holiday you’ve been dreaming for.
These 4 tips can help you save money on summer flights:
Skyscanner & Netflights are two databases which are very popular and can help you search through loads of deals on different sites. All you do is choose the date you want to travel, and where you want to visit, and then it will show you the cheapest costs available from different airlines websites. In many cases, it will also show you how you can save money by moving your flight date by a few days too.
Although these databases are a really good tool, you should always check the airline company’s official website before you make your booking just in case there’s anything been missed that you should know.
Avoid Weekend Travel
One of the things that can really add to the cost of your flight is travelling at the weekend (Friday-Saturday). The reason for this is that as many people only book a week off, they want to make the most of it by using the weekend either side as well pushing up the price of weekend travel. If you can do so, booking to fly midweek instead (Tuesday-Thursday) will often save you quite a chunk.
Avoid Booking on a Weekend
Ok this might sound slightly more odd than saying don’t travel on a weekend, but it does make sense if you know how the companies work. Because airlines and other flight companies like to compete with each other, they are aware when most tickets are booked and when least tickets are booked. As most people use their weekends to book their holidays, this is the time when these companies often hike up the prices, while during the week they’re often cheaper, so if you can try to book your flight midweek to get the best prices.
Sign up for Newsletters
Many of the airlines offer newsletters which you can sign up for. Often their best deals will be offered in these newsletters earlier than they are advertised on the site, or only to ‘members’ who are signed up, so being an early worm by receiving, reading and acting quickly you can save money.