Advice on Flights

Advice on Flights

Getting to your destination quickly...

Flying is often the most time and economically efficient method of traveling. From long-haul flights to the other side of the world to super-speed internal flights; there are a multitude of different options available to cater to your destination, budget, baggage, time, comfort and culinary requirements.

There are a multitude of different options available when it comes to choosing a flight. Before flying, take a look at the information we’ve collated below to help you get a great deal.

Shop around

There are a plethora of different airlines and routes available but if you want to save money, it’s important to shop around to make sure you get the best deal. You may be limited by your destination when it comes to available airlines so this could narrow down your choices.

You can choose to book flights directly through the airline’s official website, or you may prefer to use price comparison sites; although be aware that these can be misleading as they may not list fares from all airlines and they will not always quote exact fares. It’s also always worth checking out the travel agency sites - these are especially useful for booking a package deal.

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Seating options

Once you have settled on your flight time and airline provider, you will have the choice to consider the various seating options available as outlined below:

Economy: The most competitively priced but also the most basic. Limited space and refreshment options.

Premium economy: Not as luxury as business class but of a noticeably higher standard than economy. Enjoy extra legroom and better service with this choice.

Business class:
Significantly removed from the economy experience, business class comes with a much heftier price tag, but in return you can enjoy plenty of space, high levels of comfort and an increased standard of food, drink and service. You may also have access to airport lounges.

First class:
The most expensive but also most luxurious way to fly. You can expect exceptional levels of comfort, lounge access, fine dining and impeccable service.

Money saving tips

No frills airlines: If you simply want to get from A to B then no-frills airlines may be perfect for you. By eliminating non-essential features and services, they are able to offer genuinely competitive rates. If you choose this method of flying, be prepared for minimum levels of comfort and no complimentary drinks or snacks. There are a number of no frills airlines on the market, namely; Ryanair, Easyjet and Flybe to name just a few.

Alter your journey details: You will notice that flight prices vary considerably between different airports and the time of year or day that you want to fly. Flying midweek, outside the school holidays or during unsociable hours, for example, tends to be much cheaper. If the prices of your flights are coming up a little high, try altering some details on your flight using the search filters; you may be surprised by how much you can save!

Watch out for hidden extras: If budget is your main concern, some of the cheaper airlines will offer great deals. Just be aware of hidden extras that may be introduced after your flight has been selected. These might include additional fees for flight insurance or hold luggage.

Air miles: If you are a frequent flier, consider becoming a member of an airline so that you will be awarded air miles each time you fly which can then be used to help fund your next flight. Alternatively you can speak to your bank to get a credit card that earns you airmiles or you can approach a lender like American Express to see if you can get an airmiles credit card through them.

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