The coronavirus pandemic has battered the airline industry and wreaked havoc with people’s travel plans for 2020.
That’s also meant a significant slashing of prices, as airlines seek to fill seats and also boost their immediate cash flows.
We’ve dug out some deals for this year and next year to consider if you’re itching to get away. Just don’t forget to check the latest country entry requirements in case you need to fill out forms or take a test before you travel (and remember you may need to self-isolate when you get home).
Deals for travel in 2020
British Airways has some late deals on offer to places Brits are still allowed to travel to. They include flights plus seven nights in a hotel in Greece from £389 per person, and flights plus seven nights in a hotel in the Carribean from £629 per person.
UK-based carriers Easyjet, Ryanair and Wizz Air are known for their low prices in normal times, but a combination of the end of the summer season and a slump in demand has seen them go to rock bottom. It’s possible to get to several European destinations for £50 return, with some flights costing less than £20.
You could fly between London Stansted and Stockholm, for example, for just £20 with Ryanair from Monday 16th November to Friday 20th November, with the outbound flight departing at 10:15 and the return departing at 14:00. No self-isolation is currently required on either end.
For a last-minute deal to Cyprus, which is still seeing scorching temperatures, check out Jet2. It has return flights in late October and early November for £102 and under from Stansted, Birmingham and East Midlands airports.
Deals for travel in 2021
You could also seek out deals for next year, when – we all hope! – travel may be returning to normal.
We’ve found lower-than-average priced flights for destinations such as:
- New York (£218 return in April with KLM and Delta, with a one-hour stop in Amsterdam on the outbound and no stops on the return);
- Bangkok (£403 return in May with Finnair, stopping in Helsinki);
- Cape Town (£475 return in June with Ethiopian Airways, stopping in Addis Ababa);
- Sydney (£750 return with one stop in LA with United in August, and £528 return with stops in Frankfurt and Tokyo with Lufthansa and ANA, also in August).
A handy way to check whether you’re paying under or over the average for your ticket is to use Google Flights.
Enter your desired date and destination, select a flight, and scroll down to compare it to past Google data.
If you’re planning far ahead, we also recommend tracking flight prices. Enter your destination with any dates, and then turn on the ‘track prices’ toggle (bottom left in the below image). Google will then send you an email when the price of your desired flight drops.