The Airfare Tip That Could Save You Hundreds
*cue dramatic music*
Travelling is great, obviously, but it’s also hella expensive. Especially when it comes to booking flights, which can quite often leave one feeling a little faint, and their bank accounts full-on comatose. Did that metaphor work? Not really.
ANYWAY - flying is spenny, but there are ways to keeps costs down, and according to airfare forecasting service Hopper, the key is all about when you book.
Booking too late, OR too early, can actually cost you hundreds of pounds - so where’s the sweet spot?
Hopper’s Chief Data Scientist Patrick Surry reckons that you shouldn’t expect to catch the big deals more than 150 days prior to takeoff while leaving it until the last minute costs a consumer, on average, $139 on domestic trips, and $529 on international ones. Ouch.
A great way to keep on top of dem deals is to use some kind of fare-tracking tool - like Hopper, Google Flights, or Kayak, so that you get a notification when that flight you’ve had your eye on drops in price.
It’s also worth considering alternative airports at either end, and to allow a bit of flexibility with your dates (can be hard when you need to secure annual leave first, but worth a try).
So yeah - in this case, the early bird does NOT always catch the worm. Ahem.
By Lizzie Cox