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Cheap Gap Year Flights

Top tips to get the cheapest flights

With air travel, you get what you pay for. If you are willing to put up with limited leg room, restrictive weight limits for luggage and limited flexibility, you will be able to save some money.

Here are some tips on how to get the cheapest flights:

  • Book your flight early in advance if you have a specific date/time requirement, or leave it to the last minute for a late deal if you are flexible.
  • Be flexible with dates and times – putting up with early morning or late flights can save you £££’s!
  • Look out for price wars between competing airlines – if you are flexible on where you want to go, be influenced by the cheapest deals.
  • Sign up to receive emails from airlines that are relevant to you, and look out for their sales. BA, Opodo, KLM and American Airlines all have good sales with significant discounts.
  • Travel midweek – weekends are a more popular time to travel, so they usually cost more
  • Avoid travelling in the school holidays if you can. Prices usually go up.
  • Avoid travelling around the time when there are special holidays – Christmas, Easter, and during the Muslim pilgrimage to Mecca.
  • Travel on special days – flights on Xmas or New Years Day. No one else wants to travel then, so you could get some great deals, and what better Xmas present to yourself than heading off on your fantastic trip!
  • Off season tickets cost less – but beware the tickets cost less for a reason - you don’t want to travel to a country for hurricane or monsoon season.
  • Book online for the best deals – and you won’t be charged admin fees
  • Bid for tickets online with Sky Auction – a flight auction site similar to eBay

Watch out for hidden costs

Always check the Terms & Conditions of your airline in case they have some hidden charges. Some of the budget airlines charge huge amounts per kilo that your hold luggage is over the weight limit, and have a really low weight limit so it is quite likely that you will exceed it. If you can’t pack less, you could get round this by finding out what the hand luggage weight limit is and packing heavy items in your hand luggage instead. Some airlines may even be so sneaky as to allow a higher weight limit on the outward flight than on the return – its worth checking.

Further afield – long haul flights

Until recently, budget airlines such as Easyjet have only flown within Europe, but they are starting to fly further afield. It’s worth doing a bit of research to check which airlines fly to where you want to go and comparing prices. Oasis Airlines have recently sold return flights between Gatwick and Hong Kong from £150 plus tax, and you can fly return from Heathrow to Delhi from £265 plus tax. Check out Canadian airline Zoom if you want to fly to Canada – or use this as an indirect route to get into America.