11 tips for securing the cheapest flights and hotels for your holidays
Time Out Dubai staff
Secure the cheapest flights and hotel deals with these money-saving tips.
Look out for price match promises When trawling the internet for deals, keep your eyes peeled for these. If you find a better price, you’ll be refunded the difference. Emirates has a ‘Best Price’ symbol on its website. This guarantees that you’ll get the best online fares. If you’re a canny shopper and you find the same flight and itinerary on another site at least Dhs73 cheaper, Emirates will refund the difference. Dnata also promises to match any price you find on a holiday package that is identical to what it offers and will issue you a Dhs100 savings voucher that can be redeemed on your next Dnata holiday.
Stay connected to airlines on social media A lot of airlines post their most attractive fares on social media sites first. Keep an eye on these as not to miss out on deals.
Don’t exchange your money at the airport These exchange bureaus are often the most expensive. Head to the mall’s exchange houses or check with your bank before you travel. It’s also worth comparing some of the smaller bureaus such as UAE Exchange and Al Ansari as they often have very competitive rates.
Compare prices for flights on different websites Sites such as Cleartrip.ae and Skyscanner.net offer lower fares. Cleartrip.ae also offers deals on hotels on Mondays with rooms from as a little as Dhs20.
Sign up for loyalty cards with airlines and hotel groups Points can be redeemed against future travel or contribute to an upgrade.
Be flexible with your dates If you can depart on a Tuesday or Wednesday afternoon, you might be able to get a better price than flying at the weekend. Search for fares on a few different days or if possible a few weeks either side of your preferred date to secure the best price.
Fly from a different airport Landing at a smaller airport may save you some money, even with the cost of a coach or train to get to it or your final destination.
Avoid public holidays It’s not always possible, especially if you’re going home for a holiday season, but heading to Sydney for New Year’s Eve or Spain in July will see you part with considerably more cash than at other time of the year.
Ask about family deals Hotels, restaurants and attractions often offer family deals and discounts, so ask for them.
Fly indirect If you have more time than money, search for an indirect fight. These are often cheaper than direct ones.
Use www.airbnb.com Hotel accommodation can double the cost of your trip. If you’re not fussed about five-star amenities then consider using www.airbnb.com, which offers travellers local accommodation in a host’s home at bargain rates.