Dubai: If you did not travel during the Eid Al Adha break due to sky-high fares, start planning a trip abroad with significant savings as the cheapest week to travel is coming up soon.
When travelling as a family from the UAE on these dates, you could save up to Dh760 on your total cost of flights - at least that's what Skyscanner data revealed last month. The travel platform has a new tool called the Skyscanner’s Savings Generator which showed that travellers could save up to 10 per cent by choosing the cheapest week to travel.
Best week to travel
The cheapest time to travel, according to Skyscanner, is the week starting from August 19 - the last week of school holidays. Booking a trip for that week could save you 10 per cent on total flight costs.
The platform also found that travelling on a Friday instead of a Saturday to certain destinations is cheaper - the key finding being that flexible plans are the best for big savings on travel.
Choosing a different departure airport may also save you big bucks. You could travel to Europe at savings of above Dh10,000 for a family of four if you change your chosen UAE airport, but with that can come additional travel costs and inconvenience.
How to find the cheapest flights
When travelling as a family, expenses tend to increase exponentially with tickets, hotel rooms, transport and more. The highest savings come from cheaper flight tickets.
Skyscanner showed one-way flights to Europe starting at Dh300 per person in August (as of July 4) and direct one-way flights to some Indian cities from Dh250 during August.
Skyscanner has a feature where you can search for flights anywhere based on your period of travel, and you can even choose to see rates for a month if you are flexible on dates. Kayak, another similar portal, has the Explore option that helps find the cheapest flights based on chosen dates, budget range, stops etc.