With Christmas out of the way, we’re starting to get that travelling itch, making us feel the need to book a flight to somewhere with plenty of sun, sea and sand. However, booking flights last minute isn’t always easy, with lots of seats already booked out and summer prices coming at a premium.
That doesn’t mean you can’t find the flight you want at the price you want though. – the internet is a magical place, full of great resources to help you book your seat without breaking the bank. So if you’re looking to get your next getaway in the diary, take a look out our top sneaky tips for getting cheap flights.
Book during the sales
It is always difficult for airlines and tour operators to attract customers around Christmas as we’re usually broke af. So to entice us to empty our penny collection and start booking for next year, they slash their prices until mid/ late January. There are so many bargains to be found but as always, the best are bagged first. If you haven’t completely rinsed your bank account, here are some of the best deals to jump on.
Ryanair is offering flights from just £4.88 one way to Denmark, Norway and Sweden.
EasyJet and easyJet Holidays have also launched a 20% off sale for 400,000 flights and 400,000 holidays. Their sale is on until 10th January for travel dates between 30th January and 3rd July 2019.
If you are thinking of hitting up Ibiza next summer, then Thomas Cook might be the place to search. It has launched sales until 6th January 2019 on select flights between January and October 2019 including one-way flights to the Balearics from £42.99.
For those of you wanting to travel with a bit of luxury, Virgin Atlantic is running their winter sale to the US, Caribbean, China, India and Africa until 31 January 2019 for selected dates. Top bargains include return flights from London to Heathrow for just £279 and London to Johannesburg for £415.
The British Airways flight sale runs until 31st January 2019 with European flights from £47 and breaks from £99.
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Dreaming of a far and away adventure? Then head over to Emirates (Kuala Lumpur £579), Singapore Airlines (Bangkok £435) and Cathay Pacific (Australia £699). They all have sales on until 31st January with bargain prices on long haul flights.
Clear you cookies
You probably know this one already, but websites will track your activity and know that you’ve been snooping around for flights already, making them more likely to put prices up for you than down. Clear all of your cookies, cache and browsing history and they’ll view you as a brand new customer – and might even give you a great rate to tempt you in.
Use comparison sites
Thank god we’re alive in 2018 and not 1988. Imagine having to call up a book a flight with an airline directly! Now there are plenty of great comparison sites out there that’ll find you the best flights for the best prices from a whole host of airlines, our favourites being SkyScanner, Travel Supermarket and Google Flights. They’ll even show you the best places to book them, which isn’t always directly through the carrier. Lots of reliable third party sites snap up great deals on your behalf, saving you even more cash – just always check the site is legit by reading reviews before you hand over your cash.
Price up the whole month
If you can be flexible, do be. We’ve found it’s often cheaper to fly out on a Tuesday than a Monday, and a Saturday than a Friday. Plus, as summer gets closer, days in July and August are getting more expensive, but late June/early July is still a bit cheaper. Try to view the whole month of prices – which you can easily do through many comparison sites – to find the optimum travelling dates. Google Flights even shows you a price graph for the weeks surrounding your proposed dates, displaying when it’s cheapest to make your trip. Magical.
Fly to different airports
Often it’s cheaper to fly out from one airport and back into another – especially if you live in or around a major city. You’ll notice that comparison sites will show you nearby options, so if you don’t mind arriving or departing at a different place from where you started, then you’ll likely bag an even better price.
For example, this flight to Rome in early June is cheapest with two separate bookings through two different airlines, departing from different London and Rome airports. All are well connected to their respective cities, so you should have no problem making it work.
If you want to save even more cash on your trip, don’t underestimate the power of cashback sites, such as tbseen.com or TopCashback. They often have great rates whether you’re booking directly with an airline or through a booking site like Expedia, giving you a percentage of your total price straight back to your bank account. Think of it as an added discount code without actually needing a code (although they do have some of those too!).