Australia- a dream destination for many- whether you’re after the hustle and bustle of Sydney, the quirky, laid-back vibes of Melbourne or the breathtaking beauty of The Great Barrier Reef, Down Under may not have to remain a dream much longer as the Country is more accessible than ever.
For Brits travelling to Australia, doing your research is the best thing to do if you’re after a great deal. Having been to the Country myself, I learnt a few tips and tricks to ensure I got the best deal. With direct flights from the UK to Perth becoming available in the near future, it will be even more tempting to start planning your dream trip….so there’s no better time than now to share my top tips!!
1. Book In Advance
This one may speak for itself, but if you book well in advance, you’re going to get a much better price if you were to book the week before. Fares are around 50% lower if you book five months in advance rather than two, and booking in January can save you around 12%.
2. Keep an eye out for sales
Many airlines have a New Year sale on flights, so if you’re planning a trip for the Summer, keep an eye out around the New Year. Flash sales have become more frequent, with some airlines surprising customers with a 24-hour sale every now and again. Keep up to date by following your favourite travel agents and airlines on social media so you don’t miss out.
3. Sign up for newsletters
In addition to social media, signing up for newsletters will keep you in the loop. Also signing up to price alerts will keep you updated with fluctuating prices..remember, these change up to 3 times a day! Just make sure you add the email address to your contacts and check your spam folder.
4. Fly from Edinburgh
Flights Down Under are usually the cheapest from Edinburgh, so it may be worth catching the coach or train- Megabus £1 fares, looking at you- to save yourself some £££ in the long run. Plus, if you travel to Edinburgh a couple of days in advance, it’s two adventures in one!!!
5. Go Incognito
You’re right to think that the price of a flight has changed if you’ve search it a few times. It’s sneaky, but the cookies in your browser allow your searches to be monitored, so the price will change because if you’ve searched it a few times, you’re likely to be considering booking it. Go undetected to stop this from happening.
6. Be Flexible
If you can, make sure you’re flexible in your travel dates. Don’t restrict yourself to one day- the price may be £100+ cheaper even just one day out!
7. Stopovers are your best friend
Even though direct flights to AUS are coming our way very soon, a stopover may still be your best bet. The most popular places to stopover while flying to Australia are Dubai, Singapore, Abu Dhabi and Hong Kong. Flights that contain a stop are more likely to be cheaper and if you plan it out right, you’ll be able to explore the connecting City! Ten hours in Dubai?
8. Collect Miles
Joining a frequent flier scheme can be a great way to earn money off flights and extras. Similar to Top Cashback, websites like Avios is a flight rewards programme where you collect points every time you shop through their links to over 1,000 retailers. The more points = the bigger flight rewards.
TELL ME: How do you save money on flights? Are there any tips I’ve missed??