Luton and Stansted: tips from airline staff on finding cheap flights, including booking 8 weeks in advance
London is home to many amazing things, from iconic landmarks to its vibrant multicultural environment, but one thing the city is not known for is its amazing climate. This means that the inability to travel freely in recent years has made it difficult for those used to escaping the capital to soak up some sunshine abroad.
Fortunately, the Covid-19 pandemic is showing signs of waning and more and more countries are beginning to feel confident enough to ease their restrictions, reports The Mirror. When it comes to finding cheap flights, there are plenty of travel tips to help you find the best deals and negotiate fares.
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Being flexible with your travel dates will always help, but sometimes that’s not entirely possible. Fortunately, airline staff are on hand to share some of their secrets for getting the best flight deals and discounts.
The team at budget airline Wizz Air have shared some of their simple tips for finding great travel deals – and they’re not specific to Wizz Air either. Check out their top tips below.
1. Plan ahead
You may have heard that waiting until the last minute to book a flight can be a handy money-saving trick, but that’s not always the case. In fact, the opposite may be true; the closer it gets to takeoff, the more a price can increase, especially if the flight already has a lot of reservations. Want to put the odds on your side? Booking up to eight weeks in advance is probably the cheapest time to book.
2. Avoid peak hours
Flying multiple days can save you money, but if you can’t be flexible with your travel dates, that doesn’t mean you have to spend the money. For example, opting for night flights can be cheaper than during the day. It’s also worth looking at your departure airport – if there’s an alternative nearby, compare prices, as simply changing your departure point may mean cheaper fares.
3. Three is the crowd
Are you traveling in a large group? Airline algorithms often try to lump you all together when searching for flights, which can mean you end up paying more for certain seats. Booking your seats separately can be time-consuming, but if you’re all on a budget, it might be worth the extra effort.
4. Consider one-way fares
Round-trip fares are often the most cost-effective, but it’s always worth checking to see if booking your two flights separately could save you some extra money.
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Airlines often share their latest offers, discounts and other great deals on social media platforms, or exclusively to their newsletter subscribers. If you know you’ll be planning a vacation, it’s worth signing up so you can get an idea of the savings to come.
You can find out more and find flight deals at Wizzair.com.
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