6 Hacks to Land Cheap Flights + Upgrades

As government restrictions continue to lift, overseas travel is set to boom in 2022. According to Google trend data, the search term half-term holidays abroad has received a 4.700% uplift within the last month alone. Such an uplift reflects the nations desire to take advantage of the school holidays post-pandemic now that travel is back on. In fact, research shows that the average UK family is set to travel abroad twice in 2022.

At the heart of holiday bookings is saving where you can financially. Here, we worked with budget airline Wizz Air to give you hacks to land cheap flights and upgrades when going abroad this half term.

Switching up currencies

Depending on the ‘strength’ of the currencies at the time, it may be worth booking your flight in the currency of your destination rather than your current one. Open two online tabs, one with the location set in your current destination and one with in the location set to the destination that you are travelling to. Comparing prices (for instance, Sterling VS Euros), can provide a substantial saving, especially if the airline is based and operates overseas.

Flying with flexibility

It’s no secret that flying at peak times can be financially costly. Being prepared to fly on an array of days is likely to save you money. However, it’s not just showing flexibility on the day you are prepared to fly that will save you money, but the time in the day as well. Night flights are often cheaper than the day and changing up which airport you fly to can also work to save the pennies.

A One – way ticket

Making two separate bookings instead of one return trip can save a traveller some money. Of course, this may not be the case 100% of the time, so it’s worth searching one return and two bookings across two search tabs when looking for the best deals.

Plan ahead

It’s a common myth that waiting until the last minute to book a flight serves as a money-saving exercise. Flights tend to increase in price the closer it gets to take off, especially if it’s receiving a lot of bookings. Booking up to 8 weeks in advance is most likely to be the cheapest time to book.

Threes a crowd

When several people are travelling together, searching flights as a group booking is likely to become expensive as the airline’s algorithm will automatically seat the party together. Booking seats separately may be time consuming, but its probable that it will serve as the most cost-effective method.

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Rachel Bartee

Rachel Bartee is a blogger and freelance writer dreaming of a tour round the world to write a story of her greatest life adventure. For the time being, she feels inspired by her daily yoga sessions and studies Interpersonal Relationships.