Martin Lewis has given his opinion on the best time to book flights if you want to travel around Christmas time.
The Money Saving Expert boss appeared on This Morning in his regular Money Matters slot to give advice.
The 46-year-old answered a query about booking flights from a viewer named Susan.
Host Holly Willoughby read out Susan’s question: “I’m planning to fly to Spain this Christmas, on Boxing Day,” she said.
“I want to try to get the most reasonable price for flights. Is it best to book my flights now or wait nearer the time?”
Martin explained that the answer depended on the destination.
“It’s an impossible question but because it’s Spain, you’re in budget airline territory,” he said.
“With budget airlines, you are generally better off to book as early as possible.”
However, the answer was different for a far-flung destination.
“If it was long haul, you might want to wait for sales, if any sales come out,” the expert advised.
Martin Lewis said that if flight prices seem reasonable, it’s best to book now
“With budget airlines you are generally better off to book as early as possible”
“Like with easyJet, five times a year they release tickets and if you get them in the first couple of hours they’re a fraction of the price.
“You’ve missed that for this Christmas, but I’d go to on somewhere like Skyscanner or Kayak and see what the prices are right now.”
He said keeping an eye on fare comparison websites was a wise move.
“If they sound reasonable, I would go for safety of bagging them now,” Martin said.
“I can’t guarantee they won’t get cheaper in the future, but I’d probably bag them, for safety, if they’re a decent price right now.”
Martin Lewis advised keeping an eye out for sales if you’re flying long haul
The Money Saving Expert founder recently appeared on This Morning to explain how holidaymakers cold get cheap easyJet flights during the summer holidays.
He said passengers could get the best bargain by using Flexifare tickets. “School holiday flights are never that cheap. Yet there is a trick to try with Easyjet – no promises, but it’s worth a look,” he explained.
“Its Flexifares let you move the date of the flight after you’ve booked it, up to one week before the flight date and three weeks after at no extra cost.
“They are normally more expensive, yet if you can get a Flexifare outside school holidays (they’re not always available), it can be cheaper than booking a standard flight within the holidays.”
“If you book the Flexifare for the cheaper date, then 24 hours after booking, switch it to the date you originally wanted at no extra charge.”