10 ways to save on your flight

Alex McWhirter re­veals ways to cut the cost of your ticket

Business Traveller - - SMART TRAVELLER -

1 BOOK TICK­ETS TO USA IN GULF If you travel reg­u­larly to both the Gulf and North Amer­ica in first or busi­ness class, then pur­chase a sin­gle Lon­don-Dubai ticket in the UK. Then book the Dubai-North Amer­ica-Dubai sec­tor (DXBLHR-JFK-LHR-DXB, for ex­am­ple) when you are in the Gulf. A ticket from Dubai to New York – even with a Lon­don stopover in both direc­tions – can cost the same or less than Lon­don-New York re­turn. 2 FLY VIA DUBLIN Use Dublin as a spring­board from the UK to the US when fly­ing busi­ness class. In re­cent years, Aer Lingus has ex­tended its net­work and the car­rier pro­vides many con­nec­tions from Lon­don and the re­gions. 3 BUY RTW TICK­ETS Should you need to com­bine vis­its to both North Amer­ica and Aus­trala­sia, buy a round-the-world ticket, which can save you money on first and busi­ness class. 4 USE FIFTH-FREE­DOM CAR­RI­ERS Th­ese air­lines un­der­cut es­tab­lished car­ri­ers to com­pen­sate for their lack of mar­ket iden­tity. Ex­am­ples are Manch­ester-Hous­ton with Sin­ga­pore Air­lines, Mi­lan-New York on Emi­rates, Lon­don-Los An­ge­les with Air New Zealand, and Lon­don-Bangkok on EVA Air. You might find it eas­ier to book such flights through a travel agent rather than di­rect. 5 FLY GULF AIR­LINES IN­DI­RECT Look at ma­jor Gulf air­lines when fly­ing Europe to Africa, Asia or Aus­trala­sia. The best prices are for pre­mium classes, al­though bear in mind that the over­all flight time will ex­ceed that of a di­rect ser­vice. This es­pe­cially ap­plies in the case of Europe-Africa, where rout­ing via the Gulf does take longer. 6 EX­TEND YOUR TRIP If you need to visit Sin­ga­pore, it costs lit­tle more to fly on to Hong Kong, Jakarta or cities in Aus­trala­sia. If you are Hong Kong-bound, the cost of tag­ging on Manila, Taipei or Tokyo can be min­i­mal. 7 CHOOSE NOR­WE­GIAN’S B787 Pre­mium seats on the low-cost car­rier’s B787 pro­vide ad­e­quate space and com­fort at a bar­gain price. The Dream­lin­ers only op­er­ate long-dis­tance. Fly transat­lantic from Lon­don, or, from this month, to Sin­ga­pore, and Buenos Aires in early 2018. 8 GO BUD­GET FROM THE RE­GIONS Di­rect flights to main­land Europe from points other than Lon­don have been trans­formed by bud­get air­lines. Un­less you have a meet­ing in the cap­i­tal or need to travel to a lesser-known city, there is now lit­tle rea­son to fly via Lon­don. 9 PLAY THE CUR­RENCY GAME If you are in a strong cur­rency coun­try and reg­u­larly visit the UK, look at tak­ing ad­van­tage. Buy a one-way ticket for Sin­ga­pore-Lon­don, then in the UK buy a Lon­don-Sin­ga­pore re­turn. This can be con­tin­ued in­def­i­nitely, end­ing up with Lon­don-Sin­ga­pore one-way pur­chased in the UK. 10 AVOID LON­DON From the UK re­gions, go via main­land Europe or the Gulf rather than Lon­don. The over­all jour­ney time should be un­af­fected.

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