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Sunday Mail - Travel/Escape - - FRONT PAGE -

Flight Cen­tre’s head of leisure, Tom Wal­ley, has more tips for tourists look­ing to save bucks on an early­bird air­fare.

1.

The best-value early­bird fares are for travel in the early part of the year – dur­ing the shoul­der sea­son be­fore the sum­mer rush of June, July and Au­gust.

2.

Com­pet­i­tive fares sell out quickly so, to avoid dis­ap­point­ment, get your flights locked in as soon as pos­si­ble with sale fares on of­fer now ex­pir­ing be­fore the end of the year.

3.

Flights to Europe of­fer a stopover — Dubai, Hong Kong, Sin­ga­pore are ex­am­ples — so make the most of this fea­ture and or­gan­ise a side trip to get more bang for your buck.

4.

Be flex­i­ble with travel plans

Book early

In­clude a short-stay stopover

Take out travel in­sur­ance

When you’re lock­ing plans in so far in ad­vance, travel in­sur­ance will en­sure you’re pro­tected should you need to can­cel or resched­ule.

5. Use Eu­rail to con­nect your itin­er­ary

Fly into more af­ford­able hubs and travel on by train, us­ing Europe’s com­pre­hen­sive fast-rail sys­tem, to max­imise your bud­get.

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