For many people, a trip abroad is the trip of a lifetime – a fabulous vacation experience that they will remember for many years to come. However, before you can start building beautiful memories of your holiday, you have to actually get there…and this means that you will probably need to sort out suitable flights to get you to your dream destination.
The cost of your flight can make up a large portion of the amount you spend to go on holiday, so finding a good deal on the cost of your air travel is essential if you want to make it more affordable and viable to head to a wonderful city. Luckily, there are a number of airlines and flights that you can choose from, so you should be able to bag a bargain if you follow a few simple steps.
Here are a few of the most effective ways in which you can cut the cost of your next flight.
Be as flexible as possible: Unless you have to take your annual holiday at a fixed time due to work or due to the kids’ schooling, try and be as flexible as possible with regards to your travel – this means being flexible about the time of year that you go, the length of time that you go for, and the times that you fly. Doing this will help you to secure a more affordable flight. To find the cheapest deal, choose “Flexible dates” when you are looking up flight times and costs. Many airlines will show you prices for a week-long window around your preferred time.
Check to see when it is cheaper to travel: You will find that some airlines charge less to travel on particular days as well as at particular times of the year. Christmas Day is ridiculously cheap to travel on, and flying on a Tuesday or Wednesday will always save you money as well. Try to adapt your travel plans to fit in with the days when travelling by air is cheaper, as this can help to shave some money off the cost.
Bundle for savings: This is not always the case, but you will sometimes find that you can save money overall on the cost of your trip by booking your hotel and your flight together through one travel company. However, make sure you check whether it is cheaper to book separately before you commit.
Compare flights: Always take the time to compare flights and prices before you put down any deposits or make any payments. The cost of flights can vary widely from one airline and booking agent to another, so it is well worth taking the time to compare prices. Websites like STA Travel can help you with this.
Think about your destination: Based on your budget, think carefully about the destination you choose. If you want to enjoy spending time on the beach on an all inclusive vacation rather than going to see specific sights and attractions, you may be able to opt for a cheaper, yet still beautiful, destination.
Author Bio: Sarah Paige is a keen traveller based in Sydney. Her company uses Macquarie Telecom as a data provider, but all hse wants is to use the internet to find cheap flight deals.