When to book & Brexit??

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1. Posted by Derek28 (Budding Member 4 posts) 1w Star this if you like it!

Hi everyone, I have decided on a 6 month trip around the world as a career break. I posted previously on this site and got really good responses so thank you to whoever replied back!

I have figured out my route now starting from Manchester, going to Thailand, Indonesia, South Korea, Japan, New Zealand & then to see my relatives in Australia before heading back. On the way there may stop for just a couple of nights in Dubai and possibly Singapore.

There probably isn't a real answer to these two questions but -

1. When is the best time to book my flights, closer to my actual departure date, or well in advance?

2. For any UK residents, do you think Brexit will affect the pricing structure of any flights?

I know they're not the easiest questions to ask (especially no.2, Brits have no idea what is happening with Brexit!) but was wondering if it is worth buying my flights now, or to hang on for a bit to try and get them at a better price?

Thanks!

2. Posted by leics2 (Respected Member 541 posts) 1w 1 Star this if you like it!

1. When is the best time to book my flights, closer to my actual departure date, or well in advance?

There isn't any set 'best' time. A few years ago booking 2-3 months ahead always offered good rates but that no longer seems to apply. Fares vary according to route, date, demand, airline and any number of other factors. My advice is to keep an eye on the fares you need, book them when the price seems right to you .... and then don't look at them again!

>2. For any UK residents, do you think Brexit will affect the pricing structure of any flights?

Goodness only knows what will happen if and when Brexit actually takes place. There's no guarantee it'll happen on 29th March anyway.

My own opinion is that if/when Brexit occurs, with or without a deal, the price of everything will certainly go up. I think anyone who suggests otherwise is living in cloud cuckoo land.....and can only giving an opinion, just like everyone else. No-one knows for certain but the very fact that the government has put at least some emergency measures in place should ring massive alarm bells for anyone with even half a brain cell.

The only absolute certainty is that fares won't drop any more than they would in normal circumstances.

[ Edit: Edited on 11-Feb-2019, at 13:26 by leics2 ]

3. Posted by road to roam (Full Member 47 posts) 1w 2 Star this if you like it!

Quoting Derek28

When is the best time to book my flights, closer to my actual departure date, or well in advance?

Many theories on this one.... Some folks believe, if seats are still available, holding off on your purchase could be a great idea. The logic is airlines would rather sell a seat for 100 bucks than not sell a seat at all. Of course, some flights always oversell, or at least always go out 99% full. One flight can be empty due to demand one day and be sold out the next, so be careful. Playing this game can be draining and leave you snookered.

As for purchasing well in advance, have you looked at Google Flights? Even though it can be a bit tricky to use you can pull up your intended stops, say Manchester to wherever, and pull up a graph forecasting several months ahead. This shows you the prices of that leg, for each day. If the 18th of May is 100 quid cheaper than the 13th, just click the price and google will take you to the vendor. They have recently changed the interface of the site, bit you can still look at the graph and see prices well ahead of time.

I like google flights simply because you can look well into the future, for multiple months/days at a time rather than using other travel search engines to look at one date at a time, plus or minus a few days. Google flights works really well if you have time and flexibility on your side.:)

Quoting leics2

book them when the price seems right to you .... and then don't look at them again!

I need to follow this rule - I tend to mercilessly stalk the price of our flight after we book! Sweet torture!

[ Edit: Edited on 11-Feb-2019, at 14:25 by road to roam ]

4. Posted by Peter (Admin 6641 posts) 6d 1 Star this if you like it!

I do some work for a flight deals site here in Australia as well as working on Travellerspoint. The best deals are almost always a few months out. If you can book in advance, then definitely do so. The more flexible you are in your dates, the better deals you'll have access to.

Also, the airline sites are not always cheaper. For example, I just booked tickets for our family for a trip to Japan in late June. It was going to be close to AU$4k on the airline's site. Through an online agent, it was just over $2.5k - exactly the same flights. I don't know why airlines let agents do this, but it happens all the time. The agents just try to add on all sorts of extras which you have to watch out for.