Flights

Economy Forever

Often people assume that flights cost mega-money, they couldn't be more wrong. My absolute go-to when I want to go away is the EasyJet website/app, even if I don't know where I want to go or when, EasyJet make it so simple to work it out. Here I'll go through every underlying tip to get super cheap flights, but be careful because it gets so addictive when you realise how many you can afford. 

Step 1:

Go onto the EasyJet website and get to this page (see above), put in your local airport (or any airport you don't mind flying from), then type in somewhere you would like to go and potential dates. As an example I put in London Gatwick to Amsterdam leaving on the 23rd March and returning on the 25th March, you then get the option to 'show flights' or 'show holidays' to which I always choose 'show flights' as you do not usually get a large selection of hotels.

Step 2:

You will then be taken to this page (see above) which is quite straight forward to navigate around. Take note of all flights  under £25 as these are the ones you want to target, if you are not certain on exactly which day you want to go away you

can use the best function the EasyJet website/app holds... '3 week view'. Here you will get a month-by-month view on a bar chart of the prices of flights, you will then be able to find the flights under the £30 line and plan your trip accordingly! (see below)

Step 3:

I decided on the £23.99 flight on the 23rd March and the £18.99 flight on the 26th March, making a return flight to Amsterdam only £42.98! From clicking 'Continue' I was directed to the page giving me the option of choosing a seat, this is really a personal preference but I always choose a seat as I like to sit next to my boyfriend on the plane and he loves a window seat. However, even when I fly on my own I like to choose my seat as when I flew to Zakynthos I found that those

who are travelling with a second party usually book the window and middle seat therefore a single passenger often gets assigned the aisle (which I can't stand). EasyJet seat selection prices differ according to flight for a reason I am not aware of (see comparison below), but the 'Standard' section at the back of the plane is always the cheapest (and is more convenient for getting on and off). As you can see below, if you are happy for the airline to assign your seats at check-in then you can save lots, and remember if your flight is only a couple of hours (which it usually is when flying with EasyJet) you may be better off saving money than paying £20 each for extra legroom.

Step 4: Once you have completed your booking you will receive confirmation to the email address you provided, make sure you have a folder on your phone email app for each destination you are travelling to so you can keep all of your documents together. If you booked your flights on the website not the app, still make sure you download the app as you can easily input your booking reference and have access to the e-boarding pass. To do this follow the steps below:

  • Tap on 'My Trips'                                              

  • Tap the '+' icon in the top-right corner           

  • Input your booking reference and last name from your confirmation email

  • Your trip will come up under 'My Trips' and then you will be able to tap 'itinerary' to check in  

Note: Make sure you download the boarding passes onto your app as you can scan them straight from your phone onto the machines at the airport.

 

Obviously EasyJet does not fly to every destination you may want to go to however the same process applies for most airline, but the further away you want to go usually means the more expensive the flight. This does not have to be the case for all long-haul destinations though, when I want to go somewhere that EasyJet do not offer my first place to look is LoveHolidays. Here are a few examples of cheap flight and hotel booking available on LoveHolidays:

To find out more about hotel bookings and cheap package holidays click here

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