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There are now too many vari­ables at play – like air­line, des­ti­na­tion and time of year – for you to count on a last-minute or early-bird book­ing be­ing cheap­est. Book dur­ing a sale or short-term price drop (of­ten a flash sale) on your cho­sen route. busi­ness trav­ellers who care more about sched­ules than cost. One air­line – TUI, for­merly Thom­son – bucks this trend be­cause they usu­ally sell seats linked to pack­age hol­i­days. So a week or two be­fore de­par­ture they will drop prices on empty seats.

Last week we found flights to Thai­land and Sri Lanka for £280 re­turn, Bar­ba­dos and Mex­ico for £279, and Mau­ri­tius for £349. Sum­mer school hol­i­days in Scot­land start and end ear­lier. So even with the cost of a train ticket, trav­ellers from Eng­land might find a bar­gain if they can fly out of Ed­in­burgh in late Au­gust – and vice versa for Scot­tish trav­ellers Not all sales are the same, so make sure you keep track of fares to know when a “real” sale is tak­ing place. If you plan to book a flight dur­ing the next sea­sonal sale, then keep an eye on prices to your des­ti­na­tion in the weeks lead­ing up to it to see if the price has changed. If it hasn’t, it might be bet­ter to wait.

■ HOL­I­DAY: Jack has vis­ited 50 coun­tries on the cheap HERE are Jack’s five best tips for bag­ging those bar­gain flights: Al­most all air­lines raise prices sharply around two weeks be­fore de­par­ture, even if flights are nowhere near full. It’s to cash in on Don’t rule out fly­ing from other air­ports be­cause it’s not un­com­mon to find a flash sale that af­fects one air­port but not oth­ers.You might find cheap flights from Manch­ester or Glas­gow, but not Lon­don. Al­ways in­clude nearby air­ports in your search. who should look at Leeds or New­cas­tle if they want to jet off be­fore the long sum­mer break starts south of the bor­der.

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