When do flight prices change?
An airline will charge between five and 15 different prices for the same seat over the course of its shelf life. Advance prices will be lower, and as the flight fills up prices will increase. However, as the departure date looms airlines are likely to drop their prices dramatically in order to fill space - some money is better than no money, after allRachel England, journalist
When's the best time to book a flight?
There's a legend that exactly 21 days prior to departure is the best time to book for the cheapest deals, as it's at this point airlines will take stock of their empty seats and lower prices accordingly. It's also mid-week that airlines look at shifting remaining seats for upcoming flights, so wait until a Tuesday or Wednesday afternoon before bookingRachel England, journalist
What time of day is it cheapest to fly?
Flying late at night or very early morning will often mean routes are less crowded, but this can mean extended airport stays or arriving after or before hotel check-in. Airlines need to maintain a schedule during off peak times - try to make your weekend trip happen during the week and you'll get cheaper and quieter flightsJon Severs, journalist
Who pays if I miss a connecting flight?
If you are travelling on a through ticket and miss your connection, your airline will be obliged to get you out on the next available flight and pay for expenses and overnight accommodation. But if you book the flights either side of a stopover separately, the airline has no obligation to pay out. Neither has, in many cases, your travel insurance providerJon Severs, journalist
Should I consider extra connections to save money?
Making long stopovers and connections can really reduce air fares. The downside, of course, is that time spent on the plane or in an airport is time you could be on your holidayJon Severs, journalist
Are you covered against volcanoes and ash clouds?
The ash cloud chaos led to thousands of British holidaymakers taking far more interest in what their travel insurance policy covers, rather than simply looking at the costMark Greening, Gocompare.com
Choose your airline with care
Travel insurance can give you cover for many holiday mishaps, including cancelled and delayed flights, but unfortunately there's no such cover against the scrum for unreserved seating, a lack of leg room or being served by unfriendly airline staffJeremy Cryer, Gocompare.com
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Choose whether you want a one-way or return ticket, your departure and destination airport(s) and your departure and return dates. You can compare on the exact dates or with up to three days flexibility either side, and there's also the option to only look at direct flights. Search for all ticket classes, or limit results to just economy, premium economy, business or first class. If required, you can also add on car hire.
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Learn the definitions of direct, non-stop, connecting, round-the-world and multi-leg flights, and read more about tickets, checking in and the value to be gained through paying by credit card. We've also got money-saving tips, a booking checklist, and a reminder of other things to consider.
Did you know...?
- If you check in on time but are prevented from boarding as the plane is full the airline must offer you financial compensation
- If you are delayed for more than two hours the airline must offer you meals and refreshments, access to communications and hotel accommodation, if appropriate
- If you are delayed for more than five hours the airline must offer you a full ticket refund
- 17% of UK travellers think alcoholic drinks should be banned on aeroplanes**