As Ryanair boss says cheap flights will end, here are the best hacks to save on travel

MICHAEL O’Leary said the days of cheap flights are over as the average cost is expected to rise by €10 over the next five years.

Ryanair is renowned for its low costs and often offers promotions such as €1 trips.

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Ryanair boss Michael O’Leary said fuel costs are driving up pricesCredit: Reuters
Ryanair is known for its cheap flights, but it has warned that may be coming to an end

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Ryanair is known for its cheap flights, but it has warned that may be coming to an endCredit: Reuters
Our advice will help you reduce the cost of traveling abroad

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Our advice will help you reduce the cost of traveling abroadCredit: Alamy Live News

But he said rising fuel costs will mean they won’t be able to make discount deals.

O’Leary said: “There’s no question that at the bottom of the market, our really cheap promotional fares – the one euro fares, the €0.99 fares, even the €9.99 fares – I think you won’t see those rates for the next few years.”

While this is bad news for consumers considering overseas travel, there are other ways to ensure you get the fairest fares.

Here, Nicola Bardon looks at some travel tips on how you can still travel on the cheap.

DESTINATION IS KEY

When we travel, we often choose the biggest airport we have ever heard of. So if you want to travel to Germany, you can choose Berlin. But there are other cheaper cities you can fly to, such as Hamburg. And if you get a good deal on the flight, you can get a cheap train, like between Hamburg and Berlin for as little as five francs.

ADD A STOPOVER

Usually, if you go to websites such as Skyscanner, if you look at the options next to it, you will see that direct flights are often more expensive than ones with a stopover. You can choose to stay there overnight and then fly to your destination the next day, or wait at the airport and continue your journey. A flight from Dublin to Istanbul in February next year costs €285 direct, but only €212 with a stopover in Frankfurt of just a few hours.

CHEAP TUESDAY

Can’t find a good Sunday-to-Sunday deal? Check for Tuesday or Wednesday flights. According to expert Eoghan Corry, these are the cheapest days to fly. This applies to all months of the year, but sometimes there can be a cheap flight on Saturdays, as people tend to leave on a Friday or Sunday.

BOOKING ADVICE

According to experts, most airlines announce deals on Mondays, so the cheap deals are live from Tuesday. However, Expedia said you can get the best deal by booking on a Sunday. Skyscanner said if you book 17 weeks before you want to fly you’ll get a better deal. And one common thing that those who are currently seem to agree on is that the earlier in the morning you book, the cheaper the trip.

BE LOYAL

Many airlines have a rewards system in place so that every time you fly with them, you add points to your account. Aer Lingus has Aer Club, which adds up your Avios points if you add it every time you travel. These also work on flights from Qatar. If you fly with Ryanair and book a hotel room on their website, you get 5% of the cost back as flight credit to use on your next trip. Emirates, American Airlines and Air France all have similar loyalty programs.

BE FLEXIBLE

If you can, instead of looking at a specific date, look at the month. If you go to Google Flights they have a section that will show you the cheapest days in that month to fly to your chosen destination, and it will show you the most expensive ones, so you can choose the best time for you go.

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