If you look around on the internet or read a range of books you will find many theories as to how to get cheaper flights, including choosing the cheapest days to fly through the week and year. Yet what about the not so cheap days, the peak periods, expensive flights. What dates should you avoid if you are flying from the UK in 2016?
Well thanks to a recent report from Flight Centre UK we now have an indication of what times to avoid when flying abroad. Here are a selection of what are not the cheapest days to fly from the UK and why. If you can avoid flying on and around these specific dates and locations:
Going away to sunny climes over a long Easter weekend has become very popular in recent years. Hence the increased demand and busy airports on the day before Good Friday.
If you are thinking of going to Thailand then try to avoid flying on this day. The reason is that it coincides with their New Year’s Day, Songkran.
The Spring Bank Holiday is now a customary time for peak demand where Spain and places around the Med become very popular.
If you are going to France then you’ll probably have plans to see England’s opening match for the Euros 2016. Airlines know there is a captive audience of football fans heading here until 10th July (date of the final) so be prepared to pay more. But then again if you are flying you could always fine tune your chorus of “En-ger-lund!”
This is the start of the summer holiday period when tour and flight operators raise prices to meet demand. Even with some schools taking holidays in early rather than late July, be prepared for large queues at the airports right through until the end of August.
Avoid this school holiday related mini peak season. For this is the start of the autumn half-term.
If you want to get a head start on your Christmas shopping then don’t consider a quick trip over to New York on or around 6th November. Why, because this coincides with the New York marathon, which is now very much a global attendees event. There are estimated to be 50,000 runners this year!
Think all of America this time not just NYC. The last Thursday in November is not the cheapest day to fly since it is famous for the US Thanksgiving Holiday. Plus there is all the travel chaos that surrounds the whole weekend. If you are not going to celebrate then maybe plan to visit the US another time.
Christmas remains as the biggest holiday in the UK. With it falling on a Sunday this year many people will be getting away as soon as they can. Prices will rise for the Christmas/winter season from early December. If you are planning to head to Australia or New Zealand don’t be too surprised that the airlines are one step ahead and have priced accordingly.
How to avoid what are clearly not the cheapest days to fly
So we have a bit of a guide to the most expensive times to fly. How does this tie into your travel plans for the year? Often the best way to get good prices on flights is to book early. Also if you are flexible on travel dates and the routing I would recommend using an online search tool to find the best deals.
My first choice flight tool is Skyscanner which is well known the world over.
There are also some other great search tools you can use like