Cheap last-minute flights are often too good to be true – with taxes and charges bumping up the price at the last minute.
Sadly, airlines are getting sneakier at adding these on – so you have to extra diligent when booking your flight. Follow our top tips on getting the cheapest possible deal, and you could save over £70!
1) Book directly though the airline
Find out which airlines fly to your chosen destination using flight comparison websites such as Skyscanner. They compare hundreds of deals and send you straight to the airline page. You can even sign up for price alerts – a handy tool that notifies you when the price goes up or down.
2) Select your flights carefully
Consider flying at an unsociable hour – as these flights are the cheapest. It’s also worth looking at single fares, rather than ‘returns’ as you can pick and choose times and be more flexible on dates.
3) Check that no insurance has been added on
Monarch offers travel insurance during the check-out process, so make sure you don’t unintentionally tick the box.
4) Be savvy about baggage
Monarch charges £22.80 per 20kg checked luggage, each way. That’s over £45 added onto your flight in the blink of an eye! Instead, consider hand luggage. It’s surprising how much you can fit in (56cm x 45cm x25cm) – and you’re allowed 10kg.
5) Don’t pre-book your seats (unless you want extra leg room or have other special requirements)
This costs £8 each way and is an unnecessary cost! As long as you all check in early enough you will be seated together where possible.
Monarch cleverly makes it look like you have to book a seat, but ignore this and continue to the check out.
6) Pay with a debit card or Paypal
For some reason credit cards incur an additonal fee – in Monarch’s case over £5 – so pay with a debit card or your Paypal account.
Total amount saved: £73*
£45 on luggage
£18 on pre-booked seats
£10 on travel insurance
*Based on a Monarch Airways flight, London-Marbella, for flights in July 2016.