Holidays offer travellers the chance to escape all year round. Whether this be a spot of winter sunshine to banish the January blues, an all-inclusive slice of summer luxury or an enchanting trip to see a snow-covered city, the range of vacation is vast. Yet there is much debate over when is best to book a holiday, in order to get the cheapest prices. Previously, Express.co.uk reported how to bag the best cut-price hotels and flights.
Now, experts from Which? have exclusively revealed the best timings to get the top notch deals.
Which? Travel editor Rory Boland said: “The best time to travel is when the weather is starting to heat up but the flight prices aren’t.”
He added flexibility was key and said: “There are brilliant savings to be made for those who travel at the right time – for example, flying to Budapest in September is £70 cheaper than in August but the weather is just about as good.
“And if you’re flexible on when you’re willing to travel and where you want to go use deal clubs like Jack’s Flight Club and Airfarewatchdog, where you’ll find promotions and error fares that can save you a packet or even upgrade from a bog-standard break to the holiday of a lifetime.”
He added: “Flight prices can fluctuate by huge amounts and you could be left out of pocket just by booking at the wrong time – so planning your trip well in advance can make a huge difference.
“We found that, as a rule, around three months in advance was the cheapest time to book for flights at Easter, Christmas or a Bank Holiday break.
“But if you are looking to book a summer holiday the booking sweet spot has already passed as the best fares are generally available closer to six months in advance.”
The consumer watchdog has additionally published a handy chart to help prospective travellers plan when to jet away.
It considers the particular temperatures of 12 key holiday destinations, as well as the flight price on the particular month and average sunshine and rainfall.
Those who fancy a sunny trip to Lisbon could enjoy summer 25 degrees temperatures for a flight fee of £172 in June.
the same ticket would cost £219 in August, for just three degrees higher in temperature, yet the former marks a £47 cheaper fare.
Rory added: “A trip to see wintery Reykjavik is cheapest in November. It costs £91 on average.
“Wait until February and the airfare is £144.
“Dubrovnik and Berlin are both a steal if you travel in April.”
It also featured handy tips on holiday schedule planning.
Those looking to spend Christmas overseas, for example, will need to book three months in advance.
Meanwhile, the cheapest day of the year to fly is April 27.
Yet for those looking for a cheap easter break might be out of luck, as the advice suggests these need to be booked five months earlier – so December 2018.