- Be flexible. If your dates are movable, there are bargains to be had – even more so if your destination is also unfixed.
- Sign up to frequent flyer programs. Apart from accumulating points to set against flights or upgrades, you’ll also be one of the first to learn about deals your airline is promoting. Join more than one scheme and although you may accrue points more slowly, you’ll have a wider choice of deals on offer.
- Use your points. Airlines are keener than ever to fill those seats, so expect more to be available to “purchase” with points and with fewer blackout dates.
- The internet is your friend. Scour online travel services for deals, and use price comparison sites to find the best offers.
- Travel off-season. Look out for deals in the “shoulder season”, just before and after the high seasons. Operators will be putting deals in the market to stimulate travel in those traditionally softer months.
- Take the road less-travelled. Choose less popular or little visited destinations.
- Go local. With money-saving offers around Nigeria, it’s a great time to explore holiday options closer to home. Look around, there are lots of options.
- Pick a package. Bundle flights and accommodation; luxury hotels especially like to “hide” discounts in a package.
- Do your homework. The more you learn beforehand, the more you’ll get out of your visit, and it will help you avoid costly mistakes. Research your trip with reputable guidebooks and magazines like Travel + Leisure.
- Check out the local tourist office. They often have deals on accommodation and entry charges to tourist attractions.
- Time your trip. In certain places at certain times, accommodation will be both pricey and hard to find.
- Research local transport. Doing your research on local transportation options can save you lots of money.
- Skip the tour buses. Forgo the branded “city tour” transport for regular tourist-sight heavy routes. It may not have an open roof but it is a less than a quarter of the cost.
- Cycle. Rent a bike in pedal-friendly cities such as Amsterdam, Copenhagen, Berlin and Barcelona.
- Walk. Especially in cities and towns, it’s one of the best (free) ways to see a city – and you’ll see a lot more than from a taxi, bus or travelling underground.
ON THE MOVE
- Book early/late. Booking long haul well ahead can be good value, but if you’ve missed out, consider hanging on for a late deal.
- Research group bookings. Special offers may not extend to large groups, so it could pay to book in batches. Check first that your flight/accommodation has sufficient capacity.
- Try premium economy. About half the price of business, you’ll get many of the same amenities and more legroom than economy, just not the lie-flat bed.
- Weigh your baggage before multi-destination trips. Permitted baggage weights on short haul flights are usually lower than on long haul and on budget airlines can be as low as 15kg.