There is nothing worse than booking a holiday only to find out a few weeks later that you could have got it a lot cheaper. It is not uncommon for prices for the same holiday to vary dramatically. Therefore, it is essential you do your research if you want to get the best deal on your holiday. Fortunately, nowadays there are a number of ways in which you can compare holidays and flights online to find the best price for you.
Price Comparison Sites
Price comparison sites are a great way to compare holiday prices quickly and see who has the best deal for your destination of choice. If your search leads to a purchase the majority of comparison sites will take a small percentage of the sale. It is therefore sometimes cheaper to use the site solely as a means of comparison and then actually book your holiday on the travel company’s home page. They don’t cover every retailer so make sure you look in to other offers too. Be sure you also check out discount sites like which have great last minute offers such as eBookers discount codes which can significantly cut the cost of your holiday, giving you more spending money.
The cost of actually getting to your holiday destination takes up a large chunk of the overall cost of your holiday. That’s why it is important to do your research and compare multiple different airlines to find out the best prices. It’s not just airlines you need to take into consideration when looking for the cheapest flight, there are certain times and days which are cheaper to fly on which can save you as much as 29% percent off your flight.
According to a study by Momondo, a flight comparison website, the optimal time to book your flight is 53 days before you travel with the cheapest day to fly on being a Tuesday. To save money, avoid flying on Fridays, Saturdays and afternoons as these are the most expensive days and times. Momondo’s study also found that leaving booking your flight until the last minute the worst thing you could do if you want to save money, contrary to popular belief, with three days before you fly, on average, the most expensive time to book.
Best Time to Book
It is common knowledge that during the school holidays travel companies rake up their prices so if you are able to not travel during this time, you will save yourself a lot of money. If you have children or your holidays only fall over the school holidays, don’t leave it to the last minute to book. Summer holidays booked in January or before are the cheapest. The earlier the better is the rule to follow. Prices do drop around a month before the holiday so if you have decided to leave it to the last minute this would be the best time to book. Beware though; these are never as low as the early bird prices.