Independent travellers have the edge when it comes to cheap flight deals

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Flexible, independent travellers are nabbing the best deals on flights whilst those tied to work and family miss out, according to a recent customer survey by HolidayExtras.com.

The online poll revealed that nearly four in 10 holidaymakers (38 per cent) have their day of departure dictated by their package or flight time. Almost a third (29 per cent) have to fit in with work and family commitments, which often means flying during the expensive weekend period.

Nearly a third (28 per cent) of HolidayExtras.com travellers are able to take advantage of the best deals. A recent Which? Travel report found these to be midweek, early morning or late evening flights, most commonly on a Tuesday.

Sixty per cent of customers polled said that they have no preference as to the day they start their holiday, whereas a fifth (20 per cent) prefer the weekend. A savvy 13 per cent think midweek flights are the best to avoid the crowds, as well as price hikes.

Anthony Clarke Cowell, Associate Merchandising Director at HolidayExtras.com, said: “Flexibility is the key to getting the best deals. It’s always going to pay if you can avoid peak travel times. Not great news for those in nine to five 5 jobs or with school-aged children, but there are still savings to be made on travel add-ons if you book in advance, even if it’s on the way to the airport.”

 

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