How to save on travel when you are planning a trip: we have useful tips for bringing your break that much closer – and cheaper. LUANNE LAVERY reports
With national savings month – July – well under way, it’s a good time to look at how you can save on travel costs. Consumers are under pressure due to rising living costs. For many, simply providing for their families is a struggle, so the idea of a family holiday can seem impossible. But there are ways to bring costs down.
How to save on travel
Be picky: To get the lowest fares it mostly helps to be a little picky about when you travel. Research at kulula.com and British Airways shows traveling on a Tuesday or a Wednesday is usually a little cheaper than, say, a Friday.
Inside-out: Traveling outside of school holidays and popular long-weekends can mean lower prices on flights and accommodation. So, if you can go away without the kids, if you’re single or a pensioner or the kids haven’t started school yet, go on holiday out of season.
Be early: Don’t wait until that last minute to book your flight or holiday. As outlined by the South African Savings Institute there are tons of benefits to short, medium and long-term planning. The earlier you buy your ticket, the cheaper your flight ticket will often be. Getting quotes, budgeting, saving and booking early will mean you can attend that family wedding in London and a bit of a holiday as well.
Watch the clock: We all want to get to our destinations as early as possible, but so do most businesspeople. You’ll pay less if you fly between 9am and 4pm, and your flight will be less full.
Partner up: Many airline operators make use of loyalty points or partnerships with car rental operators and holiday operators which gets you more value for your money. With partners such as Discovery Vitality you can get discounts with Europcar or Contiki Tours, for example, which makes staying fit and eating healthily worthwhile.
Be a team player: All kulula.com and British Airways (operated by Comair) customers can now use their Avios on both our carriers. For more information on how to collect and redeem Avios for flights, visit kulula.com, or to sign up to the Avios Travel Rewards Programme.
See also: How to Spend Less on Holidays
Luanne Lavery is Brand Communications Manager for kulula.com and British Airways (operated by Comair).