Cheap­est time to holiday

Global travel search en­gine Skyscan­ner re­veals the best time to book flights to get the cheap­est tick­ets for the top 10 most searched- for des­ti­na­tions by Malaysians.

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - TRAVEL - By MING TEOH star2­travel@thes­tar.com.my

NOW, travel is more ac­ces­si­ble to ev­ery­one, even those on a tighter bud­get. What you need to know is the best time to book your flight and the best time to travel to get the best rates. Yes, there ac­tu­ally is a best time to book to get the cheap­est flights.

Global travel search en­gine Skyscan­ner re­cently re­vealed the best time to book for the top 10 most searched des­ti­na­tions by trav­ellers in Malaysia. This is based on three years’ worth of re­search and data anal­y­sis.

Skyscan­ner mar­ket­ing man­ager for Malaysia and Sin­ga­pore, Pamela Knaggs said that Malaysian trav­ellers are early birds when plan­ning their hol­i­days; in fact, the data re­veals that they are the ear­li­est plan­ners glob­ally.

This is good be­cause the best time for Malaysian trav­ellers to en­joy the cheap­est flights is on av­er­age 19 weeks be­fore the ac­tual travel dates. July and De­cem­ber are the most ex­pen­sive pe­ri­ods to travel in, but Novem­ber is one of the cheap­est. And if you plan your trip at the right time, you can save up to 20%.

The cheap­est months to travel were also re­vealed for the top 10 des­ti­na­tions searched by Malaysian trav­ellers.

Euro­pean des­ti­na­tions: The best time to book your flight to France is 18 weeks in ad­vance and the cheap­est month to travel is Novem­ber, which trans­lates to sav­ings of 11.3%. The best time to book your flight to the Nether­lands is also 18 weeks ear­lier, with the cheap­est month to travel be­ing Fe­bru­ary ( sav­ings of 11.7%). For Bri­tain, book your flight 19 weeks in ad­vance and travel in Novem­ber ( 9.8%).

East Asian re­gion: It is best to book your flight to South Korea 12 weeks ahead and travel in Septem­ber ( sav­ings of 12.1%); while for Tai­wan, the best time to book is 19 weeks in ad­vance, with Oc­to­ber be­ing the cheap­est month to travel ( 11.3%); and for Hong Kong, book 16 weeks ear­lier and travel in June ( 14.2%).

Asean coun­tries: The best time to book tick­ets to In­done­sia is 19 weeks in ad­vance and the cheap­est month to travel is April ( 10.7%); while for Sin­ga­pore, it is best to book four weeks in ad­vance and travel in April ( 19.9%). For Thai­land, it is best to book 20 weeks in ad­vance and travel in Septem­ber ( 19.7%); while for Viet­nam, it is best to book 17 weeks in ad­vance and travel in Septem­ber ( 22.3%).

— Skyscan­ner

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— Skyscan­ner

Bi­cy­cle tours are a good way to see Am­s­ter­dam, the Nether­lands.

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