Summer is gone and the days are getting shorter. Start planning now to escape the winter gloom without busting your budget.
Travelling this time of year can be busy and expensive. Inflated flight prices and heaving airports are enough to drain all of your festive spirit. Don’t get caught up in the madness – follow our advice to book a great winter get-away.
1. The cheapest day to travel in December is…
If you thought it was a good idea to fly out on Christmas Day to bag a bargain, think again. Unless you’re catching a lift from Santa’s sleigh, Skyscanner found that, despite popular belief, Christmas Day is in fact the most expensive day to travel over the festive period, with flights 24% higher than the average flight price between 16 and 31 December 2017. Surprisingly, the cheapest day to travel in the lead up to Christmas is Christmas Eve itself, with flights 19% cheaper than those on Christmas Day. If you sign up for Skyscanner’s free Price Alert emails you can monitor the price of a flight you’re interested in and book it when the price drops.
2. The quietest travel day over the holiday season is…
If you’re trying to get away from the hustle and bustle of December, the last thing you need is grumpy queues and over-sugared children at the airport. If you want to avoid the rush, don’t travel on the Saturday before the big day, as you’re likely to find a departure lounge packed with over-excited families in festive jumpers. It’s the busiest day to travel with more people leaving UK airports on this day than any other between 16 and 31 December. Instead opt for 17 December as Skyscanner has found that the quietest flights can be found on this day.Search Everywhere
3. The best value destinations this winter are…
Those looking for some winter sun are in luck as Skyscanner has found the warm shores of the Middle East more affordable this year, with Abu Dhabi coming out on top for a value break. The average flight prices have dropped by 27% year-on-year for the holiday period, which could save a family of four £800, leaving more money in the pot to spend in Abu Dhabi’s shining shopping malls or on a desert safari.Search flights to Abu Dhabi Search hotels in Abu Dhabi
Hot on its heels for a value beach break is Penang in Malaysia, with flight prices dropping by 19%. This exotic destination is just the ticket to chase away the winter blues with stunning beach resorts, delicious food and exciting night markets to explore. Who needs turkey and all the trimmings by the fireside when you can have a frozen cocktail with a beach view?Search flights to Penang Search hotels in Penang
For sheer razzle-dazzle, the bright lights and thrills of Las Vegas could offer the ideal antidote to sitting watching the telly with Aunty Joan. And, with flight prices down 13% and the price of four-star hotels down 15%, you could get there for less than you thought – roulette anyone?Search flights to Las Vegas Search hotels in Las Vegas
For a more traditional festive holiday, head to Iceland for your chance to glimpse the magical Northern Lights. With prices down 18% year-on-year you could even add in a trip to the Blue Lagoon to soak in the geothermal seawater and wash away the stresses of home.Search flights to Reykjavik Search hotels in Reykjavik
Average prices and savings based on Skyscanner flight data for return adult economy fares from the UK to destination listed.
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