You are planning your trip to Britain. You want to mark the isle off your bucket list. Use this guide to pick the best time for your family to fly, saving all the money you can; because let’s face it, England is expensive.
Month # 5: March: Good but not great deals can be had in the month of March. The weather in England is still yuck, business travel is normal, and their spring breaks and our spring breaks don’t always line up. (Watch out for price hikes on your port of travel. Even though nothing might be going on in England to raise the price, Seattle tracks when local schools have spring break and hikes up the prices for all flights out!) Most flights average around $100 to $200 more than the lowest times to fly.
*You are as likely to run into the same weather concerns as places like Boston and Seattle. Dress appropriately and don’t be afraid
Month # 4: October: If you are looking to pull your kids out before anything important happens at school, this is the month to take them. The summer season has ended, so flights to London are on a significant downward spiral. They will stay cheap through the first week of November. The weather is only starting to turn bad. Outdoor summer type places are still open, and unless a major storm rolls in, this is the best time of the year outside the summer months (when you are going to be paying two to three times the price to fly) to travel to England. The reason it ranks so low on your list is because you have to pull the kids out of school. There is no getting around that if you want these great deals.
Month # 3: January: This is a “weather permitting” kind of month. The amount of rain versus snow in the places you will want to visit makes this a great time to get tickets. Most of the flights are rock bottom prices. It is the worst time to see things. Places like the Globe Theater, the Palace Gardens, and other outdoor-centered events with be closed or subject to closure based on weather. You might get lucky and have beautiful weather, or you might not. This month is a real gamble. That’s why there are such great prices on tickets. Plan on all-indoor trip: things like museums, shopping, and plays that do not depend on weather. Save the long walks to the Eye, castle hopping, and the Globe for when you visit on less cold times of the year.
Month # 2: February: So it comes as no shock that the second best month to go is February. Slightly better weather than January. Still good deals on flights. But the gamble on weather still remains. Best not to plan a trip to Stonehenge in these months. The crowds might be less, but it wouldn’t be a fun time. What set this above January is this little thing called mid-winter break. It’s a half-week off that the kids get on the wierdest not-holiday. Airlines haven’t figured out about this free time yet. So if you can get your boss to let you off, you won’t have to pull the kids out of school to get a great rate to places like London. Since the break starts mid week and goes through a Tuesday, you can get really good flight deals all around! It’s as if they created this holiday for travel!
Month # 1: April: The kids have spring break. The weather is “nicer” than any of the other cheap flying months. Prices are still in the bottom range for flights. And if you plan it right (by flying mid week and taking the kids out of school for a day or two after spring break) you can get rock bottom ticket prices. Enough said!
*As of the writing of this post, all of the months in question, the “rock bottom” price talked about is $400. So a family of 4 could fly round trip from a number of international airports in the US for less than $2000 including fees and taxes.
Look at the year ahead of time. Try to judge when the best time for you to fly and then write those dates down. Don’t forget to use incognito mode when you go to book your flights. That way your cookies won’t keep you from getting the best price.
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