Do you want to make sure you’re getting the best price for your flight? We give you insider hints and tips on how to bag a bargain flight
Are you missing bargain flights by booking at the wrong time? According to Skyscanner’s recent twitter poll, 86% of Brits don’t know the best time to book. Skyscanner has crunched all of their data and analysed millions of exits to reveal seven weeks is the best time to book flights from the UK.
Just how many weeks out you should book varies per destination i.e. the best time to book flights to Malaga is seven weeks in advance. Whilst for popular long haul destinations the data shows Brits should book a little further in advance to bag a bargain e.g. the best time to book flights to Bangkok is 18 weeks in advance!
Due to this wide range in dates, we have compiled a useful best time to book report ever. See the top 10 destinations’ best time to book:
We’ve also looked at a number of well-respected travel bloggers and here are some of their top insider booking tips:
- Monica Stott of Thetravelhack.com fame recommends, “Be flexible! When booking search the ‘whole month’ rather than a specific date and you will find the cost of the flights for every day that month. You might be surprised how much you can save by flying out a day earlier.”
- Flash Anthology’s Alice Tate advises, “My top savvy nuggets are to search by ‘Cheapest Month’ to get an idea of prices through the year. And as I tend to go at weekends and like to fly late on Friday night, I always use the sliders to make sure I’m only looking at Friday night flights rather than all day – it really does a great job of refining the search.”
- Vicky Philpott, from VickyFlipFlopTravels.com explains, “The cheapest flight isn’t always the best value. Explore a few options to see whether baggage is built in, if food on board is included, whether they have free Wi-Fi and if the timings match with your local transport links. They can end up being a false economy if you don’t do your research.”