Cheap flights: Tracking UK school holidays can result in cheaper plane tickets
Cheap flights are easily located when looking to book a cheaper holiday for the family through a number of clever methods.
Travelling on a weekday, flying without checked luggage and choosing an alternative destination are some of the ways that passengers can avoid steep plane ticket costs.
One way to avoid expensive tickets is to fly outside of the summer holidays which are known for being costing thousands more.
Yet across the UK, summer holidays can vary depending on the region and the school.
Jack Sheldon, travel expert and flight finder at Jack’s Flight Club, explained how tracking holidays can mean cheaper trips.
UK schools holidays often run from mid-July to the beginning of September for the six week period
He told Business Insider how, by utilising the Scottish summer holidays, cheaper plane tickets can be found.
Mr Sheldon explained: “The end of August is already school time in Scotland, [but] if you’re flying from England your holidays start a bit later and end in September.
“If you’re willing to take a train, flights from Scotland are significantly cheaper [in late August] than those from London, Manchester, or Newcastle.”
Scottish airports can offer much cheaper flight fares, even when the cost of a train ticket is included.
Therefore anyone who lives south of Scotland should take advantage and travel to the north of the UK to get a bargain.
Cheap flights: Booking trips around summer holidays can mean much cheaper tickets
He also advises that it works the other way around for Scottish citizens.
“Vice versa, if you’re Scottish and want to find a cheap fare, as soon as school finishes, take a cheap flight out of England — there are cheap flights until mid-July when [England’s] school holidays start,” Mr Sheldon said.
UK schools holidays often run from mid-July to the beginning of September for the six week period.
Scottish school holidays are earlier in the year, running from the end of June to the end of August.
People looking to take their families on holiday out of school time without permission could face huge fines.
Cheap flights: School holidays differ in England and Scotland
A BBC investigation found that parents have been charged £24 million in the last three years for taking their children out of class during term time.
Three-quarters of parents admitted they had been fined for this reason, according to flight booker Kiwi.com.
Just under half (46 per cent) admitted they would happily take the extra cost.
Even when including the fine, a holiday is cheaper than booking trips in peak time, with some package holidays costing a staggering 115 per cent more during summer season.
Father Jon Platt lost a court case in 2017 after he took his daughter to Disney World in 2015 during the school term, and was forced to pay £2,000.