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10 Top Tips to find a cheaper flight for your family holiday

How do you choose where to go on holiday? Do you have a set destination in mind and the try to find the cheapest flights or do you find some cheap flights and then structure the holiday around that?

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Over the last few years we have had some brilliant trips to places that we might never have decided to go to, unless we had fond some cheap flights and when we are searching for cheap flights we always use a cheap flight search provider like JustFly.

In the last few years we’ve done some fab trips based on finding cheap flights.

We did New York – because we bought cheap flights in the January sale.

You can watch our video about what we did using our cheap flights to New York below. However in the interests of full disclosure the 7 day Family Holiday in New York was not cheap but it was absolutely fantastic!

Mini Travellers Family Holiday in New York

AD / So we've just spent a full crazy wonderful busy week in New York City travelling as 3 adults and 4 kids and we had the best time! I can highly recommend it to anyone thinking of going with kids around 7/8/9/10 – they definitely aren't too young.We really made the most of every day visiting amongst other things the @Empire State Building using CityPASS for that and a number of other attractions, visited the flower show at Macy's had lunch at Ellens Stardust Diner @Times Square, New York City, @Ripley's Believe It or Not – Times Square Bryant Park NYPL The New York Public Library Grand Central Station Bubby's The High Line @The Vessel Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum Hamilton on Broadway Ellis Island Statue Cruises Statue of Liberty National Monument ONE WORLD OBSERVATORY @9/11 Memorial – Pools And Freedom Tower @Top of the Rock NYC American Girl American Museum of Natural History @The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York The Garden Roosevelt Island Tramway Dylan's Candy Bar Serendipity 3 MoMA The Museum of Modern Art MoMath: the National Museum of Mathematics Brooklyn Bridge Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum Central ParkI've marked the trip as AD as we were hosted by HomeAway in an amazing apartment and some of the attractions provided some tickets to some of the places we visited, but we paid for a lot of the trip ourselves including fabulous flights with Virgin Atlantic and all meals.Thanks to everyone!

Posted by Mini Travellers – Family Travel on Wednesday, 10 April 2019

We also did a family holiday in Porto in Portugal because the flights were £250 for all 5 of us return at February Half Term. Combining this with booking an airbnb rather than a hotel saves lot of money too.

You can watch our video here!

Our Sunny February Half Term in Porto

So did you know that Porto was where JK Rowling is said to have written a lot of the Harry Potter series!

Posted by Mini Travellers – Family Travel on Friday, 23 March 2018

Berlin and Hamburg were also chosen based on the fact that we could fly into Hamburg and out of Berlin, getting the train between the two. A flight search engine really helps with this as we realised that the flight back from Hamburg was really pricey, but the flight back from Berlin was cheap as chips.

48 Hours in Berlin with Kids

AD | We've just recently spent 48 hours in Berlin, we loved the city and managed to fit so much into such a short period of time. We could have spent far more time there. Thanks to Adina Apartment Hotel Berlin Mitte visitBerlin and ToursByLocals.com who all supported our trip.We also loved the Deutsches Spionagemuseum DDR Museum

Posted by Mini Travellers – Family Travel on Saturday, 9 March 2019

We also managed to find 5 flights to Nantes from Liverpool in August for just £200 return to enable us to do a simply wonderful trip to Puy Du Fou just outside Nantes. We then booked a really cheap hire car to get us the park. Booking a hire car that has a base off airport is also a top tip. Now the kids are older I don’t mind doing that, but wouldn’t recommend it with little ones.

Weekend at Puy Du Fou

We have just had the most fantastic weeked at Puy du Fou our full review is to follow, but for now, here are some of our best bits from the amazing shows!

Posted by Mini Travellers – Family Travel on Thursday, 15 August 2019

So what tips do we employ to make sure we find the cheapest flights?

Consider alternative destinations

Amsterdam rather than Southern Spain in the Summer Holidays will be significantly cheaper. A city break rather than a beach for an October half term getaway will save you plenty, and a .

Fly to alternative airports and drive to your destination in Country

Fancy a holiday to the Algarve? Consider flying into Lisbon and driving the 2hours 30 minutes down to Faro, it will save you a fortune, particularly if you will be hiring a car anyway.

Flying to Madrid and driving down to the Costa del Sol will almost always work out cheaper too, although the drive is considerably longer at 5 hours. We do however do this regularly in the UK as we drive from Liverpool to Gatwick or Heathrow for cheaper International flights so it’s really the same and the traffic (or lack of it) is often better in Europe too.

Airport Free Printables

Choose a different airport in the UK to fly out of

Whilst our most convenient airports are Manchester and Liverpool. We regularly drive to Gatwick or Heathrow for cheaper International flights, we saved £1500 on our Malawi Family Holiday flights as we were prepared to drive to Heathrow to start our journey.

Fly out with one company and back with another

Just this week I flew out to Malaga with Ryanair and back with Easyjet as that was the cheapest combination of flights.

We work out when the school Inset Days are

We always always take advantage of a school inset day. Using them to fly out earlier than other people can do for a half term holiday, or to come back later. Some of these have saved me hundreds of pounds without missing school.

We pinch a day either side of a holiday even without an Inset Day

Yes I know you aren’t supposed to take your children out of school, but we are lucky that we have children who otherwise have a really good attendance record and the difference in price can make a significant difference. I would always choose to take the day or two before a half term holiday as things are winding down then, rather than a day when they are due to go back.

Book Early

Prices very often go up in price rathe than come down the closer you get to your holiday dates. I try and book them as soon as I can.

Book Flights that leave mid-week

It is often cheaper to fly on Wednesday and Thursday. Lot of studies have been done on this, but a few years ago we saved £2000 on 7 flights to Florida for our 14 day family holiday to Disney by flying out on a Wednesday rather than a Friday.

Travel Light

You can save a lot of money on flights by flying with hand luggage only or by only booking luggage in the hold for a couple of people.

Check what the airline will carry in the hold for free

Many airlines will allow you take up to two pieces of additional child related equipment in the hold, per child. If you need to take a pushchair and a car seat with you, make sure you do some research on the airlines policy on this before you book the flights, as if you need to pay for these as extra this will increase the cost of your flight.

Book Connecting Flights

Nonstop flights typically cost more. You can often get cheaper flight tickets by booking connecting flights. If you are prepared to have a slightly longer wait in the airpot when you connect, you can make it even cheaper again. Whilst I wouldn’t really want to do this for short haul flights, we’ve employed this practice very successfully on long haul flights, and if the wait is over a couple of hours you can minimise your costs by paying for an airport lounge with comfy seats, free wifi and free food and drink.

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