We all love to save money and get away for less, so knowing the tricks for how to keep your flight costs down really does pay...
With more than 60 million flights taken each year from the UK, it pays to compare your options for the best cheap flights to get you on your way. And there are a number of steps you can take to ensure you keep the costs down to allow you to see more of the world for less.
If you're looking to find the best deal on a flight, our handy search tool will help you to compare a huge range of airfares from low-cost airlines, charter carriers and full-service scheduled airlines side-by-side. In your search results, you'll also see special fares offered by online travel agencies which can work out cheaper than booking direct with the airline.
To help you unearth the cheapest options for you, our search tool allows you to choose up to three departure airports as well as letting you look at dates three days either side of the ones you wish to travel. The best deals can often be found if you remain flexible on the day you travel so, if you can slightly alter your dates, use this tool to save money.
How to find the cheapest deals
Travelling at less popular times will usually result in cheaper airfares - so consider travelling mid-week rather than from Friday to Monday and at anti-social times such as first thing in the morning or last thing at night.
Generally, the earlier you book, the cheaper the prices you'll find will be - and you're more likely to bag a seat on the flight you want. And this is especially important if you are travelling during peak periods, such as the school summer holidays or over a Bank Holiday weekend. However, flights to big holiday destinations which are sold by tour operators can be discounted at the last minute so, in some cases, you may be able to find a brilliant late deal.
If you have more than one airport within driving distance of where you live, or easily commutable by public transport, use our search tool to compare prices from different departure points. But, beware false economies such as paying high train fares to reach an airport just to save a few pounds on the price of a flight.