Cheap flights tips from travel insiders including the best days to book for deals

Cheap flights booking tips from travel insiders including the best time to book if you’re looking to snap up the cheapest deals for 2021 and 2022 – and how to save money on accommodation too

When it comes to booking flights and holidays, there have always been some easy tricks to help you save money on your trip.

However, the pandemic completely changed the world of travel, and as travel restrictions ease and Brits’ holiday options increase, trying to unearth the best deals can be a tricky landscape to navigate.

Luckily the team at Expedia are on hand to help. In fact, the company has conducted research and unearthed useful tips including the best time to book, cheapest days to fly, and plenty of other top tips to help you get more bang for your buck.

For example, if you’re looking to treat yourself or splurge on something special, now could be the time to opt for premium economy instead of economy.

According to Expedia, tickets in Premium Economy are available at some of the cheapest prices compared to recent years. For example in 2021 premium tickets are 250% more expensive than economy – but this is down from a 380% difference pre-pandemic.

Check out some of their other useful tips below…

Cheapest time to book flights abroad: Book on a Sunday and you could bag some of the best bargains. In fact, booking flights on a Sunday compared to a Friday could save you 15%.

Cheapest day to travel: If you can be flexible with your departure date you may want to consider kicking off your holiday on a Friday. Expedia research found that this could save you up to 10% off fares, compared to a Wednesday departure.

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Best months to travel: September is the ideal month for cheap flights abroad, no doubt because it falls between the summer and October half term holidays. However, it’s not just about school holidays. Travellers can save almost 40% on flights when booking for a September trip compared to December.

Try and book your trip in one go: On average, Brits who book their flight and hotel together can save up to 10% on Expedia.

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If you can be flexible with your hotel’s rating, it could save you money without needing to compromise on luxury. For example ‘down-starring’ from a 5* hotel to a 4* hotel could save you 50% off the price, but you’ll still be getting a great experience.

Renting a car? Book on a Saturday for some of the cheapest deals.

Loyalty schemes can be a useful tool as you can earn points and receive other perks that could help stretch your budget that little bit further. For example if you sign up to Expedia, you can access member-only discounts and earn points to spend on perks like room upgrades or spa credits.