8 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

Airlines release their seats around 10-11 months in advance, with the cheapest seats selling out first. So for the best deals, book them up early to take advantage of lower-priced seats and early bird tour and accommodation offers – even if it’s just securing them with one of our deposits.

4. Give yourself a chance to change your mind

If you’re not totally sure what your plans are, booking all your flights in advance can seem like a gamble. Sure, you know you want to go to Australia, but the next steps are a bit hazy. What if you fall wildly in love with a place, or person for that matter, and you need to change all your dates?

No worries, just add a MultiFLEX Pass to your flights. That way, every time your plans change, you can change your flights without having to worry about paying any airline or admin fees.

5. 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 £50 when you buy a flight together with over £500 of land product (e.g., tours or accommodation).

6. 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 get a brilliant deal on hotels. Chat to a Travel Expert to find the best route.

7. 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!

8. 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!