With peak holiday season nearly here, millions of Brits are getting ready to head to the airports for their annual summer holiday. As prices surge due to an increase in demand, it’s more important than ever to get the best possible deal on flights.
If you choose your wisely, you could save up to £100 per ticket on flights this summer.
With so many strategies at play when it comes to bagging a bargain, it’s important to separate the fact from the fiction.
Some travel tactics, such as believing last minute details are always cheaper, are false.
Others might have been true several years ago, but are no longer relevant. For example, it used to be cheapest to book flights on Tuesdays, as that was the date airlines would release new fares to travel agents. With the immediacy of the internet, sales are now released everyday.
The travel experts at digital banking app Revolut highlighted six ways to save money on your summer holiday by choosing your flights wisely.
Clear your browser cache and cookies to save money
When planning a holiday, most people look up the price of a flight on comparison websites or airline sites several times before they make a booking.
Then when they finally click through to check out, they may notice the price has risen.
“Airlines and booking sites can record your browser history by installing cookies on browsers, meaning they can compare their price with what you have viewed previously and bump up the price as they see fit,” the Revolut team explained.
To avoid this, clear your browser cache and cookies and turn on private browsing before you go window shopping on airlines or booking sites, they advised.
Book evening flights
The downside of flying in the evening is that you can arrive at your destination in the small hours, but if you are willing to put up with that inconvenience, evening flights typically cost 30 percent less than daytime flights.
Another added bonus is that there are usually less passengers therefore you spend less time battling to get off the plane and queuing for your luggage.
Book flights in foreign currency
Booking flights using a different currency can sometimes save you hundreds of pounds, according to Revolut.
The biggest savings to be had are for journeys in Asia, but it is still possible to save some money by avoiding paying in pounds. For example, you can save around £15 on a journey between London and New York if you pay using Danish Krone, the team noted.
Be careful to ensure you’re not encountering any additional charges from your bank before booking.
Book your return flight with a different airline
There is no need to book a return flight on the same airline as your outbound flight.
While it may be easier and save you time to go with the same airline, you can save as much as much as 20 percent if you find an alternative airline flying to the same airport at a similar time.
Flying indirect can almost halve flight prices
If money is more important than time, booking an indirect flight with a stopover has the potential to save you around 40 percent. This is particularly the case with long-haul flights, Revolut said.
Stopovers can be anything from an hour to a whole day, but if you can spare the time, you will have more spending money for your holiday.
Fly to and from smaller airports
Larger airports are often more desirable due to their central location and easy transport connections, but that convenience often comes at a price.
If you are willing to fly from smaller airports that are a little further out, these are usually home to budget airlines that can save you up to £100 on flight costs.