Airlines

Airlines offering cheap flights

It is amazing how many great deals are available from even the largest airlines. Buying a cheap flight directy from the Airline’s own website seems to be getting more popular. Many major airlines now guarantee that they will have the best deals on their own websites.

British Airways

British Airways is one of the world’s big players in air transport with a great service reputation (except for the few weeks when they moved to Terminal 5 of Heathrow and lost the planent’s baggage … or the time in 2017 when literally thousands of flights got axed due to an IT crash). They are not generally known as a supplier of very very cheap flights but they are just like everyone else and sometimes decide (or are forced) to sell amazingly low cost air travel tickets, so it is worth checking them out.

KLM

Dutch airline with a wide range of destinations. Consistently good deals on long haul. Many brits have enjoyed a stopover at Schiphol in order to fly back via the UK to a destination saving hundreds of pounds compared to the cost of flying direct from the UK.

Lufthansa

German planes are never delayed! Never! Here’s a tip. Don’t fly overnight as you end up eating a German airplane breakfast. Have you ever had ham on schwartzbrot at 35,000 feet? Never a good start to the day! However, if you want to fly cheaply to Germany, check out their last minute deals. Particularly good for Berlin and the old East German cities.

Ryanair

Budget carrier Ryanair have become huge in a short space of time using agressive marketing based on ultra-low flight costs. It must be recognised that they have attracted a lot of criticism, with commentators question the true cost, once additional extras are added. Ryanair for example force customers to check in online (at a cost of £5) because they no longer offer check-in at the airport. Despite this sort of nonsense, Ryanair are one of the great sources of very very cheap flights.

EVA Air

The cost of their business class tickets for long haul destinations such as Bangkok from Europe (direct) is usually significantly cheaper than carriers such as British Airways and Thai Air. Most of the middle eastern airlines are also cheap, but you have stop-overs which add significantly to total flight times. For these reasons Eva provide a great alternative for air travel options to the Far East.

Alliance Air Passes can save you lots of money

This is a tip if you are travelling a lot during a year. Suppose for example you are a gap year student exploring south east Asia. The airlines have created alliances; Star Alliance, SkyTeam and Oneworld being the biggest three. You can buy air passes from all three that allow you to fly with airlines within the chosen alliance at greatly reduced fares.

The Secrets the Big Airlines Don’t Want You to Know

United States Flight Delays: USA Aviation rules state that if an airline can’t get you to your destination on time, it is required to put you on a competitor’s flight if it would get you there faster than your original airline’s next flight.

According to The Perrin Post by Conde Nast Traveler Magazine, “You’ll find cheaper fares and greater seat availability if you fly on a Saturday and return on a Tuesday, instead of going from Thursday to Sunday or Friday to Monday.”

To find cheap fares buy your tickets from a consolidator.

Become a YUPPie. Virtually all airlines have a code (Yupp, Qupp or ‘Z’) for a type of fare described as either a coach seat with an automatic upgrade or deeply discounted first class. You can ask for one of these and get first class tickets at standard prices. perfect for a honeymoon on a budget or for the seasoned long haul traveller.

Alternatively online travel agents sometimes have amazing deals.

Asking for a refund when fares go down

If you buy a ticket and then the fare drops you may consider that you have been unlucky. But why not ask for a refund on the difference. Some airlines honour such requests while others don’t. Unfortunately they don’t publicise their rules so you won’t know until you ask.

There are travel websites who offer a best price match guarantee.  If you find your flight for less on another website Orbitz.com say that you are entitled to your money back.

Business Class Flights

If you hate the lack of legroom in standard class, why not fly Business class instead. That extra room, comfort and level of service can be yours for hardly any extra cash if you… here we go again… PLAN AHEAD. For the best prices book a month in advance and ensure your stay includes a Saturday night. Suddenly you will find the cost of business class is within your reach.