The best time to book cheap flights
Want to make sure you’re getting the best price for your flight? We’ve got the tool you need that’s just the ticket!
Are you missing out on cheap flights by booking at the wrong time? Knowing the best time to book can be tricky, but worry not because our travel tech experts have analysed millions of bookings from the UK to bring you the most detailed best time to book data yet!
Our brand NEW interactive best time to book tool allows you to search from the top 10 most popular UK cities to multiple popular destinations. This handy tool also allows you to quickly see what the cheapest month to travel is and how much you can save if you book at the right time.
*Best time to book is based on two years’ worth of historic booking data from 2014 to 2016. Whilst we can’t predict the factors that may impact flight prices in 2017, we have looked at a wealth of data to enable us to identify clear patterns that we would expect to be replicated in future years. These results should be considered as a guide for travellers and whilst we have identified the average flight prices and best time to book, there will never be one date where it can guarantee that flight prices will be at their cheapest.
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We’ve also asked a number of well-respected travel bloggers for 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.”
One last tip for getting the best deals on flights is to set up a price alert so that you’ll get alerted as soon as the price changes.
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