Here at ActivityBreaks.com we don’t include flights in any of our packages. This is because we find it is easier better-suited and cheaper for travellers to source their own flights. If you ask us for help with finding flights, we will of course help where we can. Chances are we will recommend a flight comparison site, and here’s our top recommendations to get you started:
Probably the best known flight comparison website, used by over 50million people every month. The website claims “Skyscanner compares millions of flights to find you the cheapest deal, fast”. The search bar is clear and easy to use and the website will almost always find a way to get you to your airport of choice. However, sometimes it’s not the smartest and will take you on a 13-hour journey around the world for what should be a 3-hour journey. Or if you’re this man then, a 47 year lay over in Bangkok…
Ok, so Google flights isn’t the prettiest but that doesn’t impact it’s functionality. The search results are almost instant and are automatically listed with the cheapest option at the top. You also have the option to turn on a flight tracker that will automatically send you price updates about your searched route. It also has a handy “tip” bar, that will tell you the cheapest time to travel. One frustrating limitation to google flights is that it only searches flights up to a certain point in the future, and then directs you to the airlines own website.
Maybe not as widely known as the others, but cheapflights.co.uk does exactly what it says on the tin. Their website claims that their “expertise and powerful search technology open up new travel possibilities and help you see the world on a budget.” To be fair, I recently booked return flights to Bangkok from Manchester airport for £320 using Cheapflights.co.uk and that’s with a 5* airline and a short lay-over. Once you’ve made the search, the results are easily filterable by duration, times, stops, airlines or airports. Couldn’t be easier.
Their website writes: “As one of the biggest e-commerce travel companies in Spain and leader in Europe, we offer customers over 60,000 flight-routes from more than 440 airlines.” That’s a lot of flights to compare, and that’s exactly what we recommend this website for. Comparing and planning, not necessarily booking. There have been various reports made that eDream prices are higher than other websites, and then they also add on a service fee at the final step before payment confirmation. It’s handy for checking out which airlines fly where, and sometimes you will get the cheapest deal on their website. Just make sure to shop around.
With so many comparison websites out there it is definitely easier to get a bargain, but we always recommend checking the price against the airlines own website, just to make sure you’re getting the best value for money.