My next trip to the UK will be for Christmas. I've started looking for flights now. I found a flight for R10,098.00 December 17th to January 4th to Birmingham but with a 24 hour stop over. I change the destination to Manchester, change the date to return a day later and I find a flight for R9520 with only a 2 hour stop over. It takes some time but it's worth it to set aside a day or 2 to get not only the best price, but the best route and stop over.
A direct flight will cost me R14,851 and I have the inconvenience and cost of getting to and from Heathrow.
My top 7 tips for finding a cheap flight
- I can tell you to avoid peak times such as Christmas and school holidays but you're not stupid, you've probably worked that one out by now.
- I can tell you to be flexible with your dates, routes, time etc, etc, etc, but you've probably worked that one out also.
- I can tell you to search for deals with budget airlines first....yeah...now you think I'm patronising you.
- Google 'cheapest flights from (insert departure) to (insert arrival)' then enter a variety of dates, times and routes and probably spend the best part of a day doing this.
- Change your arrival airport if possible....for example it's cheaper to fly into Birmingham or Manchester than it is into the London airports.
- Look for flights where you have a stop over...it is cheaper to fly with a stop over than direct to the UK from South Africa.
- Don't be fooled by the initial price you see....all prices should state whether this includes taxes or not, but please remember that some search/booking sites show you the price for each leg of the journey.