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9 seriously cheap long haul flight deals to book ASAP

There’s nothing better than eyeing up wanderlust-inspiring destinations and then finding out that flying there is cheaper than you thought. We’ve been keeping an eye on flight prices (as we do) and noticed some fantastic bargains coming up over the next few months. From surprise price drops to sneaky deals for early bookers, if you’re planning a getaway, here are some excellent options.

1. Los Angeles – one-way from £185 in November

Flight prices from London to LA have dropped recently, so if you’ve been considering a trip to La La Land now’s the time to book. November is one of the best times to visit, as the air is breathable and the temperature sits at a very pleasant 12–23°C.

As well as the usual tourist attractions, such as strolling down the Walk of Fame and measuring your hands against the stars’ at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre, you can enjoy some unique events as the City of Angels prepares for the festive season. Watch the Surfing Santa competition in Dana Beach the weekend before Thanksgiving, and head to the glitzy Hollywood Christmas Parade on the last Sunday of the month.

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2. Kuala Lumpur – one way from £287 in November

November might be the wettest month in Kuala Lumpur, but there’s no need to let that put a dampener on your trip. This rainforest city is well set up for tropical downpours and has plenty of indoor attractions. Fashion lovers should make a beeline for the Pavilion mall to admire couture goodies, while adrenaline seekers will enjoy a visit to Malaysia’s largest indoor theme park at Berjaya Times Square.

When the rains do let up, head to Jalan Alor for a street food feast or hop on the train to the Batu Caves. These colourful Hindu temples make a beautiful day trip: just watch out for the (very cheeky) monkeys who will help themselves to any snacks in your backpack.

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3. Singapore – one way from £170 in November

Singapore can get pretty wet in November as the northeastern monsoon blows in. Luckily the city is brimming with indoor attractions, such as the glasshouses at Gardens by the Bay. November is also when Little India’s Diwali celebrations take place, one of the city’s biggest cultural festivals.

Plus there are always the malls, which boast much more than shops and restaurants. Marina Bay Sands also has a West End theatre, casino and ArtScience Museum. Check out the vortex: a whirlpool that drains rainwater from street level and pours it into the complex’s underground canal (which you can take boat rides along).

In the evening, shelter from downpours in one of the city’s excellent cocktail bars. We’re not talking about Singapore slings in the Raffles Hotel, either. Jigger & Pony, Sugarhall, and Gibson are among the 50 Best Bars in Asia. It would be rude not to pop in for a tipple.

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4. Toronto – one way from £149 in September

Toronto’s temperature is a lovely 14 to 23°C during September, an ideal temperature for sipping craft beer in the city’s waterfront Distillery District. Take a stroll around St. Lawrence Market – considered one of the world’s best food markets – or take a day trip to nearby Niagara Falls.

September is festival season, with fashion week taking place at the start of the month. Celebrities arrive in droves for TIFF (Toronto International Film Festival) and the JLF42 Comedy Festival – this year’s headliners include Wanda Sykes and Ken Jeong. There’s also the quirky Cabbagetown Festival, a neighbourhood gathering with live music, street food and craft stalls to browse.

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5. New York – one-way from £108 in October

Good news, Northern Irish readers: this great price is available from Belfast. October in New York means temperatures of 10-18°C, ideal for strolling around Manhattan with a pumpkin spice latte firmly in hand. Watch the leaves changing colours in Central Park, admire the New York skyline from the Staten Island ferry and (if you’re lucky) snap up a ticket to Hamilton.

No-one does Halloween quite like the Americans, and the Big Apple has plenty of spooky events to choose from in October. Our top pick is the Village Halloween Parade: New York’s answer to Carnival. Anyone can join in, so long as they’re in costume, so get creative. If you prefer “aww” to “argh!”, pop down to the Tompkins Square Park Halloween Dog Parade and watch as the city’s doggos prance by in their best Halloween costumes.   

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6. Las Vegas – one-way from £209 in October

Fly from Glasgow to get your hands on this great price. October is ‘shoulder season’ (between peak and off-peak) in Las Vegas – there are fewer tourists around and temperatures are a very pleasant 14-28°C. Thanks to its incredible party scene, Vegas attracts a huge variety of famous faces. During October you can expect to catch concerts by the Backstreet Boys, Blink 182, Drake and Shaggy.

Try your luck in the casinos, enjoy spectacles like the fountain show at the Bellagio or take in low-key attractions like the Mob Museum, which covers the history of organised crime in Las Vegas during the prohibition era.

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7. Cape Town – one-way from £280 in January

Flights from London to Cape Town usually come in at well over £1K, so these cheap flights are well worth snapping up, especially since January is summer in South Africa. This is when the city really comes to life, with people flocking to the trendy outdoor bars along Bree Street and hitting the surf in Camps Bay.

Pack a picnic for the outdoor Sunday night concerts in the UNESCO listed Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, or time your trip to coincide with the Stellenbosch Wine Festival. It’s the perfect excuse to sip your way through the region’s best wines.  

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8. Cancun – one-way from £140 in October

Nab this fantastic flight deal from Glasgow to Cancún, a Mexican resort famous for its buzzing nightlife and Caribbean beaches. While the soft white sands and turquoise waters are the biggest draw, there are some cultural attractions to justify all that time in the sky too.

Just down the coast in Tulum you’ll find some seriously well-preserved Mayan ruins like Chichen Itza, one of the ‘new’ seven wonders of the world. Meanwhile, the MUSA underwater art gallery just off Isla Mujeres is a seriously unique attraction, with three galleries of life-size sculptures dotted around the marine park. You can view the life-size sculptures by snorkelling, scuba diving or from a glass bottom boat.

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9. Holguin, Cuba – one-way from £190 in September

Head to Manchester for these bargain flights to Holguín – Cuba’s fourth-largest city. While September is firmly in the wet season, there are only 5–9 rainy days on average so you’ll have plenty of time to enjoy the 50+ Caribbean beaches in the province. An offshore coral reef breaks the big waves, so the calm waters are ideal for swimming.

History buffs will be intrigued by the El Chorro de Maita Museum, which includes excavations and remains from a burial site of the indigenous Taína people. Meanwhile Holguín town centre is an Instagrammer’s dream, with colourful buildings and vintage cars aplenty. 

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Not planning a trip at the moment? Never fear: you can always find the best time to book flights from your nearest airport using our Best Time to Book tool.


Prices included in this article are based on the lowest estimated prices as found on 8 August 2018. All prices are subject to change and/or availability.