Getting back to the grind in the New Year after enjoying a relaxing break is never easy, especially if you’ve splurged on a holiday.
Most of the time the only way to quell the ‘back to work blues’ is by booking your next getaway.
Well, great news. According to the Airlines Reporting Corporation Air Travel Outlook report the cheapest month of the year to purchase both domestic and international travel deals is January.
“We’ve seen the Boxing Day sales and savings in the shops. It’s the same for travel – there are heaps of great deals,” Lisa Perkovic, travel expert at Expedia, said.
In addition to the low-priced fares there are a few other travel tips that will make your holiday hunting worthwhile, including which days of the week you should book a flight and which days you should depart your destination.
If travelling overseas, avoid booking on a Friday by selecting your flight or deal on a Saturday. Look to fly on a Thursday, instead of a Saturday.
For domestic trips, book your holiday on a Sunday, avoiding Fridays. Try and avoid ‘manic Mondays’ by flying on a Saturday.
“The thing that controls airline pricing is business travellers – so you want to be travelling when business travellers aren’t,” Quentin Long from Australian Traveller magazine said.
“Book as soon as you know you want to travel because otherwise you’ll be paying more than you have to.”
Lisa Perkovic from Expedia agrees, adding: “the longer ahead that you book your trip – the more you’re going to save. So, I would encourage you to start planning your next holiday now”.
Another tip to avoid being stung financially is to skew your flight plans away from major hubs such as London’s Heathrow Airport or Charles de Gaulle Airport in Paris.
“The opening up of European secondary destinations means that Australian travelers can save a lot of money, particularly because the landing taxes are so much cheaper in secondary airports. So, think about places like Gatwick in London, even Milan, or Dublin – which has the cheapest taxes anywhere in Europe, so these can be very affordable places to fly into,” Mr Long said.
In 2018 the destinations to watch include Budapest, Hawaii, Japan and Vietnam. Closer to home, Busselton in Western Australia and Ballina, near Byron Bay, in New South Wales are expected to be on the ‘hot deals’ list.
“The best thing you can do is book your next trip. Not only will you save money, but you’ll also have something to look forward to in 2018,” Mr Long said.
Analysis by Tim Davies, 9news