Booking a holiday can seem a simple process but there are a number of factors that need to be considered, especially when you’re looking for a bargain.
Firstly you need to pick a destination and then find the right hotel. Choose from a beachside resort or a city centre apartment, all inclusive or self catering, tailoring the holiday to suit you. Then there is finding flights to keep within your budget, and this is where it can become quite expensive – so it pays to know the cheapest times to go.
Travel comparison website Flight Centre has scoured flight data for the rest of 2016 to determine the 10 worst days to fly throughout the year. There are the usual suspects of Easter and Christmas but there’s also a number of key events which can bump the price of air travel up and put a few extra pounds on your holiday.
School holidays play a major part in this fluctuation in prices with March 24th expected to see a jump in demand. This is the Thursday before Easter and thus signalling the start of the school break. Then there is of course the summer travel period and the peak season gets underway on July 1st.
Public holidays across the globe also play a considerable role in price changes. April 13th marks Thailand’s New Year’s Day of Songkran, so if you’re heading to Southeast Asia around this time make sure to avoid this date. May 27th also marks spring bank holiday weekend when Brits escape the UK for some Mediterranean sunshine.
This summer France will be hosting Euro 2016 culminating in thousands of football fans heading to the tournament. England’s opening game is on June 11th so travel on this day to France will no doubt be high, likewise on July 10th for the final.
Looking further ahead into 2016 and be sure to avoid October 21st, the beginning of the autumn half-term. If you’re travelling to New York for a spot of early Christmas shopping avoid both November 6th and 24th as these marks the day of the city’s marathon and Thanksgiving celebrations respectively. While travel to Australia and New Zealand start to rise from December 12th before dropping back down in early January.
Justin Penny, head of aviation at Flight Centre, said: “The price difference between just a few days in the calendar can mean savings of hundreds of pounds per person.”