Fancy a winter break? Flight prices could be set to fall
Published 9 October 2015 by Emily Bancroft
As one airline predicts that winter flights will be cheap, could you get a deal?
As the weather starts to turn more autumnal, you might find yourself missing the summer – especially as we didn’t really seem to have one! Your thoughts could turn to getting away to sunnier climes and having a break in a hot foreign country. But with the expense of Christmas on the way, you probably think that this is just a distant dream.
However, a winter holiday could actually be cheaper than you think, after one airline has predicted that flight prices will tumble in the coming months. According to Ryanair, European airlines could have a price war soon, which is good news if you’re looking for a cheap getaway. Find out what this news means for you, and how you could save on a winter flight.
Predictions for low prices
We recently told you about the six-year low for fuel prices and it seems that jet fuel is currently cheap too. However, while the prices for your car are likely to change pretty soon, airlines won’t be as easily affected as they stock up on jet fuel months in advance.
This is why Ryanair is predicting such low prices for flights in the coming months. The airline expects other European airlines to take advantage of the low jet fuel prices and says that this could cause a fares war.
This would be good news for customers looking to get away for the winter, as airlines could continue to cut prices to compete with one another. It could mean we’ll see more deals and sales announced as we get into autumn and winter so if you’re thinking about a last minute break, there could be some great offers to take advantage of.
How to save
If you’re looking for a budget holiday this winter, you could take a look at the deals that airlines are currently offering. Monarch has announced thousands of cheap seats, including flights to Malaga, Alicante and Venice, while Icelandic airline WOW Air has brought back its £99 London to Washington DC offer. The only catch is that you have to stop off at Reykjavik in Iceland, but it’s still a good price for a flight to the US.
You could also find a good deal by looking on flight price comparison websites like Skyscanner or Kayak. For the best savings, try looking at flights that leave in the middle of the week, rather than weekends, or check out Skyscanner’s ‘Everywhere’ feature to see where’s cheap for when you want to go away.
Left it until the last minute? You could pick up a bargain by looking for cheap package holidays. When package deals don’t sell out, the holiday companies can often reduce them heavily as the date nears. Speak to a travel agent and see what package holidays they’ve got for the next couple of weeks – you might be able to get a great deal.