Book in January to save hundreds off your next getaway
Now is the cheapest time of year to book travel both here and overseas. How you can save hundreds on your next getaway.
Getting back to the grind in the New Year after enjoying a relaxing break is never easy, especially if you’ve splurged on a holiday.
Most of the time the only way to quell the ‘back to work blues’ is by booking your next getaway.
Well, great news!
According to the Airlines Reporting Corporation Air Travel Outlook report the cheapest month of the year to purchase both domestic and international travel deals is January.
3 ways to save on travel:
- Compare cheap travel and accomodation at booking.com*
- For more travel tips check out The Australian Traveller
- Check out fares with Tiger Air and Jetstar
“We’ve seen the Boxing Day sales and savings in the shops. It’s the same for travel – there are heaps of great deals” says Lisa Perkovic, travel expert at Expedia.
In addition to the low-priced fares there are a few other travel tips that will make your holiday hunting worthwhile, including which days of the week you should book a flight and which days you should depart your destination.
If travelling overseas, avoid booking on a Friday by selecting your flight or deal on a Saturday. Look to fly on a Thursday, instead of a Saturday.
For domestic trips, book your holiday on a Sunday, avoiding Fridays. Try and avoid ‘manic Mondays’ by flying on a Saturday.
“The thing that controls airline pricing is business travellers – so you want to be travelling when business travellers aren’t”, says Quentin Long from Australian Traveller Magazine. “Book as soon as you know you want to travel because otherwise you’ll be paying more than you have to.”
Lisa Perkovic from Expedia agrees saying “the longer ahead that you book your trip – the more you’re going to save. So, I would encourage you to start planning your next holiday now”.
Air travel insights for popular INTERNATIONAL routes (based on average ticket price (ATP) for cheapest and most expensive days of the week):
|Origin||Destination||Best day of the week to book international economy||Most expensive day of the week to book international economy||Best day of the week to start the journey on international economy||
Most expensive day of the week to start the journey on international economy
Air travel insights for popular DOMESTIC routes (based on ATP for cheapest and most expensive days of the week):
|Origin||Destination||Best day of the week to book domestic economy||Most expensive day of the week to book domestic economy||Best day of the week to start the journey on domestic economy||
Best day of the week to start the journey on domestic economy
Another tip to avoid being stung financially is to skew your flight plans away from major hubs such as London’s Heathrow Airport or Charles de Gaulle Airport in Paris.
“The opening up of European secondary destinations means that Australian travelers can save a lot of money, particularly because the landing taxes are so much cheaper in secondary airports. So, think about places like Gatwick in London, even Milan, or Dublin – which has the cheapest taxes anywhere in Europe, so these can be very affordable places to fly into” says Australian Traveller’s Quentin Long.
In 2018 the destinations to watch include Budapest, Hawaii, Japan and Vietnam, while closer to home, Busselton in Western Australia and Ballina, near Byron Bay, in New South Wales are expected to be on the ‘hot deals’ list.
“The best thing you can do is book your next trip. Not only will you save money, but you’ll also have something to look forward to in 2018”, says Long.