22nd Jun 2017

Avoid flying on these dates in 2016

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Amelia Theodorakis

Securing affordable flights has never been easier, especially if you choose to travel during low seasons.

However, due to school holidays and personal circumstances, many people do not have the same luxury of choice. To make organising your 2016 holidays simpler, Flight Centre has outlined the most expensive days to fly this year.

Though these dates may vary between airlines, you would do best to avoid travelling on: 

5 June
The high summer travel period beginning in Europe, along with Australian winter school holidays starting means peak season fares for everyone.



17 June
Travellers to North America can expect a price increase on this date as the peak travel season starts up.

23 September
The third-term school holidays start, meaning many Australian travellers will paying through the nose to get to destinations such as Fiji, Bali, Phuket, Hawaii and Los Angeles. 

30 September
Happy AFL Grand Final day. If you’re heading to Melbourne you can expect inflated travel prices on this date.

26 November
High school exams are over and schoolies for NSW and Victoria students begins, meaning increased prices for all Gold Coast flights.

22 December
The Christmas season will well and truly have kicked-off, and prices will continue to rise during the period, remaining high until most people have returned to work and school.

How to save money on travel
Avoid price hikes on fares and accommodation by booking well in advance.

Generally, you can expect that the price of all domestic flights to rise closer to the flight date. Additionally, flight rates work on a supply-and-demand structure, so when demand for airfares and accommodation increase, so do prices.

Airlines apply different prices to various areas of seating, and then release them starting with the cheapest. There may still be cheaper seats available closer to peak-season, but they tend to sell very quickly and the prices increase from there.

What are your tips for securing low-cost airfares?

 





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Blossom
30th Dec 2017
4:22pm
Avoid school holidays and Public Holiday Weekends if you can. Also around large national events. However sometimes flying in the opposite direction to one can be cheaper as they want to fill seats to get the plane to the start where they have large advanced bookings and have to put extra flights on specifically for them.
Rose
24th Feb 2018
8:40am
Avoid flying in 2016? Really. Is this editorial like the "Stars" recycled.
SuziJ
12th May 2018
8:14am
When you're checking the pricing of fares, Start your search as far out as possible and at least 3 years in advance. Then all you need to do is randomly search for your flights using a 'private' window where you can't be tracked, and use this information to gauge when you should be booking your flights.

For example, I'm looking a travelling July - October to the UK flying Business Class with BA. I started checking the fares in November last year, and there has been a wide variation in the fares. From over $8,000 Per person until the middle of January to just under $6,394 per person on May 9th. All fares vary quite a lot, but I've never seen such cheap fares so close to departure date as these ones. I'm searching BA exclusively, as the websites such as webjet & flight centre are up to $2,000 more expensive just now. If I was to fly QANTAS, I'd expect to be paying around $12-15,000 per person, right now for the same flights.

If you find an airline you wish to book through, find out if they have an Australia bank account, and when booking your ticket, select the Bank Transfer option of paying your fares (then most won't add credit card fees to the fares).

I'm not advocating for any particular airline or brand, all I'm advising is to do your research thoroughly.


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