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Winter Air Sale Season

At this time of year it can feel like everything is on sale, which is good news for travellers. The post-festive period is when airlines traditionally drop their prices in preparation for January, the biggest season for travel purchases. All of the major airlines will be vying for your business, so how do you navigate all of these sales? How do you know when a great deal is actually a deal? Here is a quick guide to help you find your way around the top flight sale period:

Airline direct or online travel agent?
Online travel agents sometimes negotiate special fares with major airlines, so it’s definitely worth checking out not only the big online agents, but don't discount the smaller firms. Use a flight-search engine like Travelzoo’s Fly.com to compare online travel agents and airlines side by side to find the best fares. Remember to make sure that any online travel agent you book with is fully ATOL bonded. 

Is this a good deal?
Picking out the top deals is tricky, so as a reference, we've listed some of this year's lowest average return prices for popular destinations.

London to:

  • Dublin or Barcelona with Ryanair... £12
  • Budapest or Prague with Wizz Air... £34
  • Rome with Ryanair... £38
  • Copenhagen with easyJet... £44
  • Tenerife with Fly Thomas Cook... £140
  • Dalaman with Fly Thomas Cook... £160
  • New York with Virgin Atlantic... £295
  • Miami with Delta Air Lines... £322
  • Dubai with Gulf Air... £342

Manchester to:

  • Dublin with Ryanair... £12
  • Malaga with easyJet... £48
  • Alicante with Monarch... £54
  • Amsterdam with easyJet... £70
  • New York with Delta Air Lines... £348
  • Dubai with Air France... £358
  • Miami with US Airways... £400

Glasgow to:

  • London with Ryanair... £22
  • Riga with Ryanair... £63
  • Warsaw with Wizz Air... £110
  • New York with Delta Air Lines... £304
  • Dubai with bmi... £334
  • Boston with KLM... £340

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Deal Expert, London
Thursday, 23 December 2010
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