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Get cheaper flights for Summer 2024 by avoiding this ONE mistake 

Thursday 18th Apr 2024 |

Monday to Wednesday is the best time to board a cheap flight, while moving your travel back or forward a day can cut costs by 20%, a travel agent has revealed.  

To help those booking holidays for 2024, travel agent and director of multi-centre holiday specialists, eShores, Gavin Lapidus, explains the best ways to save money on flights.  

1.    Buy luggage at the right time 

It’s well-known that flights’ prices fluctuate a lot – but did you know that luggage prices do too? Ryanair, for example, offers the option to buy a priority ticket that includes a cabin bag and a 10kg luggage you can bring with you on the aircraft. The prices for this package, however, vary between £6 to £24 depending on timing and the amount of people that already purchased this option. 

It can often work out cheaper to buy the 10kg bag when you first book your flight. However, on less popular flights when there’s enough space on the plane, the offer you will get at check in to get the priority package will be significantly cheaper than the one you were initially offered (on the side of £10). So, it’s worthwhile considering how busy your flight is likely to be! 

2.    Fly early to mid-week  

To take advantage of the best deals, be careful of the days you’re flying. It’s often cheaper to fly in the middle of the week; recent Google data shows that flights departing between Monday and Wednesday are cheaper than at the weekend. Of course, this varies depending on your destination. If you’re flexible with your dates, always double-check departure days, as flying a day sooner or later could save you up to 20%. 

When booking, January is often more affordable due to lower demand, so booking your next holiday in the New Year is an excellent time to catch deals. 

3.    Get the most out of your annual leave

As well as bank holidays, most of us get 25 days of annual leave. If you plot your holidays around any extra bank holidays, it allows you to enjoy a longer break without having to pay for additional days off. Around May bank holiday, if you book the Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday off after the bank holiday, this will give you a week off work by only using four of your holiday days.

4.    Don’t rely on last-minute deals 

Always book as far in advance as possible. While there are occasionally good ‘last-minute’ deals on flights and holidays, it’s very dependent on how many seats are left on a flight – there may be none, or demand may be high, so prices can spike closer to the date of travel and you can end up paying more.  

Last-minute deals can be great for booking cheap, impromptu trips, but relying on them for a planned holiday is a huge risk that no travel agent would recommend.  

5.    Be savvy when booking for peak times  

February half-term and Easter are particularly busy booking times, with prices more than double their usual cost due to low availability. Summer is also busier than usual for this time of year, with prices starting to rise.  

December is the last month to get a good deal on these peak dates, as prices will spike even further from January. If you’re not planning a holiday with children, then if you can, avoid travelling during the school holidays to get cheaper deals.  

6.    Book soon for next Christmas 

Christmas is the busiest two weeks of the entire year for travel and prices are often hiked, especially closer to the time. In some cases, you could pay three times more booking for Christmas in December than if you did it earlier in the year. 

To get the cheapest prices for Christmas, flights need to be booked as soon as they come on sale. So, for Christmas 2024, you should ideally be booking in January or February. From October onwards, prices will be at their highest.  

The days before and after a seasonal holiday are also the most expensive days to travel, so if you can be flexible with your travel dates or extend your trip, that can cut costs. 

To discover more travel inspiration, information, or to book your next holiday, visit eShores.