Everyone knows that preparing to travel at the holidays can be tough. Ideally, we would all know our upcoming schedule months in advance and be able to buy flights early, but that’s rarely how things go down. So, for anyone scrambling to find their way home, scouring for online deals and worrying premature frown lines into their faces, take a look at the tips I’ve put together below.
IDEAL BOOKING TIMES
Booking early is the best option of course, but there are a few other tricks to consider when looking at flights. Around the holidays, sometimes last minute deals can be found, so if you are more of a risk-taker or you’re booking especially late due to necessity, check flight comparison sites the Tuesday before the flight is meant to depart, as that is when most airlines release deals.
How far in advance to buy a ticket can also vary depending on your destination. For instance, on flights departing from the UK, 8 weeks before is when they tend to be at their cheapest, while if you are booking a trip to the USA, the lowest prices are typically 22 weeks beforehand. That’s a wide gap, so check online to find the specific timeframe for your destination.
LOOKING FOR DEALS
Using a flight comparison site ensures that you are getting the bigger picture, so try a few different ones to see which you think is best for your travel patterns or use multiple comparison sites. Most sites have an option for tracking specific flight paths, so keeping an eye on the route you want and asking for price alerts can help guarantee that you’re getting the best deal. If at all possible, fly during off-peak hours to help with pricing, especially around the holidays.
Another great tip for finding deals on flights is to look for promo codes before you book. There are a number of sites that offer money off for specific airlines at specific times, so check out them before committing to one flight. If you are a student, senior or are traveling with your family, airlines and comparison sites often offer discounts in those circumstances, so don’t be afraid to search specifically for those that do.
ARRIVALS AND DEPARTURES
Around the holidays there sometimes isn’t a lot of wiggle room for arriving or departing, but if you have any flexibility at all use it to your advantage. Changing your flight times or even your day of travel can significantly lower the prices. Although this isn’t an ideal option for most, fliers who are up for traveling on Christmas day can save a lot of money.
I hope these tips make getting home for the holidays a bit easier!
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