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3 things to consider when booking flights

Planning a holiday can be a lot of fun because it brings the promise of distant lands and relaxing times. However, it can be really stressful if you haven't done it before, particularly when booking flights. There are many things you need to consider before you take this step, so here are our top three things you need to consider when booking your flights.

1. The airport and air carrier matter

All flights are not created equally, and neither are all airport locations. Every major city in the world has more than one airport, though you might have only heard of the main ones. Sure, flying into the main airport might mean extra convenience for you, but if you’re traveling on a budget and you don’t mind going a little out of the way, there are many savings to be had for traveling to a smaller airport. Air carriers matter, too. If you want to book an SAA flight or budget airline then these might head to different airports in the city. For instance, most of the budget airline carriers in England fly out of Gatwick airport rather than Heathrow in London, but the trains can bring you right into the heart of the city very quickly.

2. Layovers and timing

Another way to save money while traveling by air is to book a flight that has a layover. Doing this can get you some really great deals, and it doesn’t all have to be waiting around at airports spending tons of money on food. You can make a layover work for you. Is there a city that you’d really love to see? You could orchestrate your trip so that your layover can turn into a secondary trip. By having a layover longer than four hours, most airports will offer you a city tour that allows you to see some sights while you wait. In bigger cities, this works really well, but for smaller locations, it can be just as interesting.

3. Insurance

Insurance is something either you do already or you’ve never thought about before. If you’re in the latter category, then we urge you to consider insurance when you next travel. A lot of people fall into the trap of thinking that because they’ve never needed insurance, then they can get by without it. Unfortunately, the one time you’re going to actually need it is the time you’ll be completely unprepared for things happening. Insurance can cover you in the case of flight delays in some circumstances, but can also help you if your luggage gets lost, which happens more often than you think! Insurance is very cheap, too, so there’s really no excuse not to have it.

If you’re in the process of starting to look at flights for your upcoming holiday, then you need to be prepared with the knowledge that can help you book a cheap flight that will get you to your destination safely. There are many things to consider when booking flights, and this guide will help you to get through the process. Before long, you’ll be relaxing at your holiday location.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the businesses in question before making your plans.

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