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4 tips to get best airfare, travel deals this summer

Whether you have yet to book your trip or are tempted to book another holiday this summer, don’t start without reading travel tips on finding the best holiday deals that will help you save big.

Experts from lobal travel site Skyscanner have crunched the numbers to share some simple dos and don’ts for grabbing the best bargain this summer:

1. Travel on the last week of the school summer holidays

Despite 50 percent of UAE travellers sharing that they know that there are cheaper weeks of the summer holidays to travel, Skyscanner can reveal that only 4 percent of UAE searches are for the cheapest of the summer or school holidays.

According to our data, the first two weeks of the school holidays are by far the most popular weeks to head away this summer, however, this is in fact the most expensive time to travel. Skyscanner’s data shows that on average travellers can save 10 percent by travelling the week on August 19 versus start of July, meaning an average saving of Dh760 for a family of four!

2. Travel on a Friday (most of the time) during summer season

Travellers who are flexible and can fly on less popular days of the week can save up to 35 percent on the cost of their flights this July and August, according to Skyscanner’s summer Savings Generator.

An added bonus? The airports are likely to be less crowded too! As 90 percent of UAE travelers share they would be willing to change the day or week of their summer holidays to save this year. For instance, flying to Türkiye on a Friday, instead of a Saturday, means a family of four can save up Dh669 on average for their return travel this July and August.

3. There are still cheap deals, just search everywhere

UAE residents yet to book their summer trips estimate flights will cost Dh431 per person on average, however Skyscanner can reveal deals to holiday favourites including Georgia from Dh274 return, Israel from Dh344 return, Cyprus from Dh348 and Jordan from Dh359 return this August.

4. Save dirhams by switching your departure airport

Flight prices from UAE airports will vary in price for destinations depending on a number of factors such as which airlines are based there and which routes they serve, meaning some will be busier than others at peak times.

Using the filter for Nearby Airports is an easy way to compare your options. Save Dh13,828 on a trip to Italy for a family of four on return flights to Rome during the month of August (from Abu Dhabi for Dh586 per person versus from Dubai for Dh4,043 per person).

“Our research shows that over half of UAE travellers (58 percent) make sacrifices, including spending fewer meals out, takeaway coffees and new clothes, in order to save for their summer holidays, but are less likely to shop around for holidays in the way they would when doing their weekly shop or clothes,” said Skyscanner travel expert Ayoub El Mamoun. “There’s so much money to be saved if consumers compare their travel options,” he added. ICA/Expat Media

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