It’s clear that life has become more expensive over the past months. The energy crisis has inflated most of Europe’s basic expenses.
It is difficult to say whether holidays are affected by global trends. Although some travel experts and airlines warn that rising fuel prices will soon be passed on to passengers, it is not the case everywhere.
As more European countries simplify their entry requirements, people’s confidence in a stress-free stay increases. This will lead to an increase in ticket prices. Some carriers still offer cheaper deals to lure people back to the skies until they return to pre-pandemic levels.
It’s a good thing. A Skyscanner survey has shown that more than half of German participants, and 36% of Brits, consider cost to be the most important factor when booking a vacation abroad.
These are key ways to make air travel more affordable so that we can satisfy our wanderlust. about:blank
What is the best time for a holiday to be booked?
According to one of the largest travel search engines, it is best to make a booking now if you are still contemplating a summer vacation.
“For UK travellers, international flight prices for summer have been on an upward trend since the beginning of the year. However, with increased demand for the next summer months, prices will likely rise again soon,” says Evan Day, KAYAK’s UK manager.
He says that searches on the site for summer travel have increased by six percent in the past two weeks, surpassing pre-pandemic levels. This suggests that a rebound may be well underway.
The best time to find great international flights is six weeks before the summer.
Evan Day UK country manager, KAYAK
“In the past, we discovered that six weeks before summer began was the best time to find great international flights. This is consistent with this year’s findings.”
This calculation shows that it is best to book by this week if your mid-June getaway is planned.
There is no single winning formula because of the complicated way airlines price tickets in order to maximize profits. Jack Sheldon , a cheap flight guru, explains that airlines have targets to sell each route. They will either lower or raise prices as a result.
It is better to book early, especially for short-haul flights where the best seats are available immediately. It is important to plan at least eight months ahead. Jack’s Flight Club members know that there are plenty of last-minute deals available if they’re willing to fly it.
The truth is that flights may not be as costly as you think
Ryanair, easyJet, and WizzAir are some of the budget airlines that have ‘hedged their fuel costs’. This means they have pre-ordered fuel at an escalating cost for the next few weeks. This protects passengers from the rising cost of oil, at least for next year.
“We are seeing travel companies continue to support the return to travel with competitive airfares,” Naomi Hahn (VP of Strategy at Skyscanner) tells Euronews Travel.
“As supply begins to exceed demand, it is important to understand how to weigh your options and create plans to get the best price. This could be flying out a few days early, taking a train to another airport, or exploring a destination that is a fraction of what the original cost.
Skyscanner experts share top tips to save money on flights
Hahn also shared top travel tips with us to make your flights more affordable.
- Create price alerts. This ensures that you are the first to be notified of any price drops or additional supply. Skyscanner or your preferred search engine will notify you when the price changes.
- Friday is the most affordable day to fly. Prices will vary because some dates are more in demand than others. You can save on average up to 25% by flying on Fridays and up to 51% by booking at least four weeks in advance.
- Be open-minded about where you want to travel. According to the strategy VP, “2020 and 2021 saw new destinations increase in popularity as corridors shined a spotlight on some surprising gems.” “Swapping your Costas holiday for Croatia could prove to be a surprise delight.” Skyscanner allows you to let the algorithm make the decision by searching to “Everywhere”. This will give you a variety of options, each ranked according price.
- Combine and match flights to save EUREUR Mixing up airlines and airports can help you save money. Hahn says that fares don’t need to be booked as return tickets. Saving money can be achieved by flying out with one airline, and then back with another.
Which European destinations are more affordable than last year?
KAYAK data shows that the flight prices to many top European destinations have fallen significantly in comparison to last year, contrary to what one might expect.
Santa Cruz de Tenerife Airport, which serves Spain‘s largest Canary Island (see below), saw a remarkable price drop of 65% last month. In the week beginning 18 April, the average return flight cost from London was only PS46 (EUR55), despite Tenerife being a popular destination for Brits.
Milan is second on the list. Despite having art to rival Rome or Florence, and the streetcars that you can see every day on the streets, it is still cheaper than major Italian cities.
According to KAYAK, one-way airfares from London are available for as low as PS4 and cost an average of PS12 per person in April. This is a 46% drop compared to the previous week.
Keep in mind that Milan Malpensa saw some of the largest flight cancellations among European airports during the recent chaos at UK Airports.
Paris and Edinburgh were also in the top five destinations that saw the largest drop in flight prices. This suggests there are still great deals available if you shop around.
KAYAK’s Explore page allows you to search for any destination within a specific month or place of departure and then toggle the budget filter down. This metric shows that Venice, Vienna, are the two cheapest places to travel from London in August.