Holidays Abroad: Keeping Flight Costs under Control
Holidays are undoubtedly a tempting concept for everyone, especially at this time of year, when the English weather doesn’t exactly do us any favours! However, one of the reasons why some of us don’t end up boarding a flight to a faraway destination is because of the associated costs. While holidays themselves can be affordable nowadays, once you add in the cost of the package deals – the flights, the transfers, the food and the spending money – you can end up spending a fortune, and it can often put many people off booking a holiday at all.
However, if you know where to look and apply a little savvy knowledge, you can save a bundle on your holiday and keep any associated costs under control. It’s certainly not easy to get the best value break possible, but it’s certainly doable if you know how; starting with keeping the cost of your flights under control.
Pick Off Peak Flights
If you choose to fly when other people will choose not to fly, you will automatically be able to take advantage of the best deals. While flying at unsociable hours isn’t the most favourable, it can certainly help with controlling costs, even if you do choose to add a night at an airport hotel to take the edge off. If you book an early morning flight, a stay at the Travelodge at Gatwick airport is certainly advisable, so that you don’t have to get up at the crack of dawn to make sure you arrive at the check-in desk on time.
Compare the Market
Don’t assume that the first deal you see is the most competitive one, especially if you haven’t checked the various sites online. Price comparison websites don’t always show the best deals because they’re not updated as often as they could be, but you can compare prices directly from the airlines that fly to your chosen destination so that you can book the best deal possible. Of course, booking your flights separately will mean that you won’t be taking advantage of the package holidays available, so make sure you are prepared to organise each individual element of your break yourself.
Utilise your Cabin Allowance
If the airline you have booked with charges customers to take hold luggage, try and avoid this extra cost by utilising every gram of your cabin baggage. As long as you stick within the designated dimensions, and adhere to guidelines regarding liquids and items that are permitted as carry-on, you could pack your things into one cabin bag. Of course, this isn’t always practical, but it’s certainly something to consider. Alternatively, if you insist on taking a full suitcase, try to combine luggage with your other half or your children, so that you reduce the number of cases you need.
Sure-fire ways of saving money on flights are to book in advance, or wait until the last minute if you have the flexibility; whatever route you choose, if you’re savvy enough, you can save in various areas so that your dreams of a holiday can become a reality this year.