We’re constantly speaking to families, teachers, partners of teachers and those that work in educational establishments who find themselves restricted to certain peak periods to travel, and these limitations always impact the cost of holidays – even long haul to South East Asia. Flights of course fill up far quicker, hotels are busier and at certain times offensively overpriced with ridiculous compulsory gala dinners over Christmas & New Year (our pet hate!).
So we thought we’d share a few tips on how to minimise the cost.
For the main holidays (Christmas, Summer & Easter), there is no such thing as a ‘last minute deal’ with scheduled airlines, so the general rule is book as far ahead as you can – and plan ahead even earlier.
1 – PLAN EARLY. We can hold flights 320 days in advance. So plan next Christmas this January. If you want to travel over the Summer Holidays, note that departure dates are most expensive from July 5th – August 12th (which varies from airline to airline). This means if you can travel in mid-August you can get reasonable priced flights (which will be a big percentage of your overall cost). However, as your return dates are optimal, you will only get hold of the cheaper seats by booking the previous September.
2 – BE OPEN MINDED. Consider travelling out of season. For Christmas this means Indonesia. For Summer this means the West Coast of Thailand where hotels are incredible value. If you’re worried about travelling during the ‘Green Season’ have a read of this: http://www.ethostravel.co.uk/2017/07/26/far-east-green-season/
3 – BE FLEXIBLE. If you need to travel at relatively short notice – then ask us for advice and be as flexible as possible. For example, we know that Qatar Airlines have just added a new flight to Chiang Mai over December, and that there are plenty of seats available, so we can focus on Northern Thailand. Or Penang in February – giving Malaysia an unexpected availability boost. We know that the Boathouse Phuket has re-opened after 6 months renovations, and has good availability and great re-opening prices! Or that FinnAir have just launched an extra Helsinki – Krabi non-stop flight, and there is great availability around Easter. It might mean travelling to a different destination than you were planning, but as far as we’re concerned all of Asia is incredibly family friendly!
4 – SPEAK TO THE EXPERTS. Basically we are bombarded with information, offers, specials and availability from airlines, our hotels and partners on a daily basis – so speak to us – the South East Asia experts. Ideally as early as possible!
5 – GIVE US AS MUCH INFORMATION AS POSSIBLE! Have an idea of budget before you call, and look to maximise every day you can. That Inset day that allows you to travel a day earlier could end up saving you hundreds of pounds! If you’re bringing your children, think about how you would like bedding to be set-up. For example, if you need space to relax in the evening, think about more affordable options set back from the beach that offer 2 bedroom suites & villas – like the new Pelican Residence & Suites in Krabi or the Santai in Umalas Bali.
Contact us today to start planning your 2018 holiday on 020 7284 1888, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org