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10 things you need to know about booking your next flight as early as possible

Everybody wants to pay as little as humanly possible for their trip. Why waste cash on expensive flights when you could spend it on, you know, actually travelling? But how can you make sure you’re getting the best deal? Fear not, we’re about to give you a few handy hints and insider info that could help you save a bundle on your next trip.

 

So here’s the skinny on saving money on that next flight

1. Get in there nice and early

The general rule of thumb is: book early, pay less. Planning a Round the World trip? Start getting your flights sorted sooner rather than later to ensure you get the best prices. You can check out the website, give us a call or pop instore to chat to a Travel Expert; those guys know everything and will make sure you get a great deal.

2. Book now, pay later

Okay, so what if you want to book early but you just don’t have the dosh yet? Well, that’s where our handy deposit scheme comes in. You can pay just £49 to secure your flight and you won’t have to worry about the balance until 10 weeks before you fly. So there’s plenty of time to save up without worrying that you’ve missed out on the flights you want.

3. Know when to start looking

When we say book early, we’re not saying start buying flights for your big 2017 trip just yet. Airlines release their fares 11 months in advance, so if you want to get away next summer you can start hunting for flights pretty soon.

4. shop around and get the best quote

Thanks to our Price Beat Guarantee, we can promise you the lowest fare for your trip – good eh? So if you get a cheaper quote elsewhere, let us know and we’ll give you a better one. But you’ll need to get in touch with us on the same day you receive the other quote, so plan ahead and don’t leave it too late to shop around!

5. give yourself a chance to change your mind

Booking far in advance can seem like a gamble if you’re not totally sure what your plans are. Sure you know you want to go to Australia, but next steps are a bit hazy. What if you meet the love of your life and decide to follow them on the next leg of their trip, or you have such an incredible time you never want to come back? The average STA traveller changes their flights five times on a round the world trip. No worries, just grab a Multiflex Pass and your plans can be super flexible. Switch flights easily online without paying airline date change fees.

6. tell us you’re coming

When you’re forking out hundreds or even thousands for a trip, every penny counts right? If you think ahead and book an appointment at your nearest STA Travel store to sort your plans, you’ll save £30 on your flight, tour or accommodation.

7. save with a stopover

See two countries for the price of one by booking a stopover. Often seen as a necessary evil on long haul flights, stopovers will generally lower the cost of your flight, plus they mean you can sneak in another city before heading to the next. So if you start looking around as early as possible, you’ll have the luxury of planning where you want to stop off and getting a brilliant deal on hotels. Chat to a Travel Expert to find the best route.

8. don’t miss the cheap seats

Ever wonder why booking early can be so much cheaper? Well, seats in economy class are divided into different prices, with the cheapest seats selling out first, then the next and so on, until eventually all that’s left is the most expensive class of economy seat. And who wants that if they can help it? If you’ve ever discovered that the person sitting next to you paid less for their ticket, it’ll be because they got in there first. It’s up to the airline how many seats they release in each price band, so don’t risk it; nab those cheap seats now!

9. The early bird catches the worm

Keep your eyes peeled; when browsing the STA Travel website you’ll often find amazing earlybird deals like this 5% off campervans or 30% off this Auckland to Christchurch bus tour when you book early.

10. Enjoy the planning bit

The biggest reason to book early? So you’ve got absolutely ages to get properly bloomin’ excited about your travels. If you bag flights 11 months in advance, that’s almost a year of pure planning, with none of the logistic stuff to stress about.

So now you’re armed with all our insider secrets and industry know-how, you can bag your own cheap flights and save the pennies for tours, food and beer!
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  1. I can`t remember which ainrile it is, but it`s a China ainrile, maybe China Southern or China Air or something. But they definitely have a direct flight between Shanghai and Osaka. I also flew China Air from Beijing one way to Osaka before. It wasn`t that expensive, but I can`t remember the price. Try looking on the Chinese ainrile websites.

    1065 days ago