3 Ways to Save Big on Short Haul Flights From the UK

I have to confess to being slightly obsessed with booking cheap flights.  When it comes to family travel I’ve told you many times how I have to get as much holiday for our money as possible. There are so many ways that you can now get cheap airline tickets, for example, you could check out something like this Google ITA Matrix guide to give you a better idea of things you could do to save money on your travels.  My husband likes to keep my holiday spend on a tight leash and hasn’t increased the travel budget for many years.  I’m convinced it’s connected to his fear of flying, but he knows full well that will not deter me from travelling with the kids.

As you will know if you read this post or follow me on Instagram or Twitter, my daughter and I have just been to Amsterdam.  We had such a great trip, and she literally can’t wait to go back.  She is desperate to show her little sister her favourite places and share the experience with her Daddy too.  Within 24 hours of landing back in the UK, I was already looking up when to book cheap flights to Amsterdam.  During my research, I found some great tips that I needed to share with you.  Follow these three simple flight booking hacks, and you could save big on your next flight to Europe.

Book Your Flights at The Weekend

Did you know that booking your flights during the week can cost you more money?  If you book a short haul flight on a Saturday, you will save on average 3.43% on your short haul flight tickets.  You can find out about how much you will save on domestic and long haul flights here.

Make Your Holiday Plans in September or October

Traditionally, most people start thinking about their holiday plans in the New Year, and most tour operators will adjust their prices accordingly.  If you make your travel plans in September or October, you will save a staggering 13.29% on your flight to Europe.  That’s a fair bit to put back in your travel budget and spend on other things like activities or eating out.

Be Flexible About When You Travel

If you really want to bag the best deal on flights from the UK, be flexible with your holiday dates.  Check out the price difference for flying on the weekend to during the week.  The savings you make can be huge.  Check when your local school holiday dates are, and avoid these peak times.  Once you have worked out the cheapest time to fly, then you can start booking holiday from work and looking for hotel deals.

If you’d like to read some more tips on how to save on airline travel, or even get your flights for free, then the Wanderlust Crew has an awesome post you can read on airline travel here.

If you follow one, or all three of these travel saving tips, I think you will get the best price for your flight, which is always a good feeling isn’t it? Do you have any flight booking tips you swear by?

Zena Goldman

Zena Goldman is a UK based travel, family & lifestyle blogger who left her 9-5 job behind in the not-for-profit sector to follow her creative dreams and enjoy a more flexible family life. She began writing Zena’s Suitcase in 2011 and shares the holidays and adventures she goes on with (and without) her 2 young daughters. She wishes her son would join them more often but he’s carving out his own dreams now and enjoying university life. Since beginning Zena’s Suitcase she has worked with a number of brands and also has a regular monthly feature in the ASDA Good Living Magazine feature, ‘Ask The Expert’ where she shares helpful parenting tips. In 2018 she was also a finalist in the prestigious BIBs Awards for Social Media.

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17 Discussion to this post

  1. Veronica Lee says:

    I didn’t know that travel plans in September or October will save a staggering 13.29% on a flight to Europe. Thanks!
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  2. Joanna says:

    Great tips as someone who doesn’t travel often its very handy to know ways to cut prices so That we can afford to travel more.

  3. Sophie says:

    Fantastic tips! Thanks for this, I’ll bookmark for later 🙂

  4. I had no idea that it was cheaper to book tickets on the weekend what a good tip and a great way of saving money on short haul flights x
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  5. Kara says:

    I didn’t know that booking flights at the weekend would be cheaper. That is bizarre isn;t it
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  6. Talya says:

    Some great tips here flying can be such a massive chunk of the costs so every little helps!
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  7. Kat says:

    Great tips! I always try to book my holiday when the season is over- September and October. It’s much cheaper indeed. I had no idea about booking at the weekends so thank you for that:))

  8. These are great tips, I am hoping to start travelling more now my children are getting a little older. I hope you had an amazing time in Amsterdam xx
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  9. Sarah Flint says:

    These are fantastic tips, I didn’t realise booking at the weekend would reduce the costs.

  10. A S,Edinburgh says:

    This is so useful, thank you; I still have terrible trouble navigating this aspect of planning.

  11. Great tips, i had no idea they were cheaper when booked on a weekend!
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  12. Miranda says:

    Booking cheap holidays is a must! I love little weekend get away am always looking online to see what deals are available am so glad you were able to find something.
    Great article with lots of information

  13. Natalia says:

    great advice! I need to book some flights soon, so I’ll do it on the weekend 😉 x

  14. Great tips Zena. I really want to go abroad this year. Just have to get all our passports 🙂
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  15. Emma says:

    I always use sky scanner to find the best deals and try to be as flexible as I can. If you can be flexible you can get some really amazing deals!

  16. Great tips. I always try to be as flexible as possible with travel dates.
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  17. Lisa Backsnbumps says:

    Some great tips. I would have thought weekends would be more expensive. In the past I’ve used a website that shows you the prices each day that week to be flexible.

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