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Booking Flights for a Group Holiday

April 13, 2016

PART 1: Group Travel Checklist

PART 2: Group Holiday Ideas

Part 3: Booking Group Flights

If yesterday’s post on group holiday ideas got you thinking, but you weren’t sure about organizing flights for groups then we have compiled a list of handy tips for booking low cost group flights:

FLEXIBILITY:        Did you know that most airlines offer a group bookings option that offers advantages like greater flexibility in terms of passenger names and sometimes even payment?  Unlike with ordinary bookings, you don’t have to provide all names at the moment of booking.

PRICING:             Do not refer to the price of your chosen flights on the airline website!  Usually there are only a certain number of seats available at that price, so if there are a lot of you, the difference in price will be spread out between all of you, meaning that the price is likely to be higher than if you were booking just 1 or 2 seats.

POLICY: Each airline has its own group policy, and will provide you with a tailor made quote for your group, here is a summary of some of them:

Ryanair https://www.ryanair.com/gb/en/plan-trip/flying-with-us/groups

-          Min 20 passengers, no upper limit

-          Full payment at time of booking

-          50% of passenger names halfway between booking date and departure date, the remaining 50% must be provided 14 days before departure

Easyjet http://www.easyjet.com/en/help/booking/group-booking

-          Min 15, max 60 passengers per group

-          Names can be confirmed or changed up to 72 hours before outbound flight allowing for last minute changes

-          Blocks seats together

Flybe http://www.flybe.com/groups/guidelines.htm

-          For 9 or more passengers

-          Hold baggage included, up to 20kg per person

-          Booking can be held provisionally for 3 weeks without payment

Monarch http://www.monarch.co.uk/groups

-          Min 15 passengers

-          Just € 25,00 deposit per person with full payment 6 weeks before travel

-          Free name changes up to 7 days before travel

-          Hold baggage included, up to 20kg per person

 

So there you have it, go forth and organise your group holiday break, booking group flights couldn’t be easier!

Any more ideas or tips for making sure everything goes smoothly?  Let us know in the comments below.

PART 4: Booking Group Holidays with AB

 

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