Low cost flights to send you sky-high

Ever since the advent of Ryanair and other low cost airlines such as Easyjet, searching for cheap flights has become almost second nature for many. Flying low-cost has allowed us to travel to cities in other countries for weekend breaks which would have previously been unaffordable for the time involved. It seems strange but flights can often be cheaper than rail fares around Europe! So are the natural choice for the budget-conscious traveller.

The advantages of low cost flights are obvious – not least being the fact you have more money to spend on your holiday!  Usually you will need to be willing to be flexible with the times you travel. You’re more than likely familiar with the cheapest flights on Ryanair being the 6am flight from Stansted – not exactly the most restful start to your trip away! Probably the best way to maximise your chances of securing low cost flights will be to book as far in advance as possible. Ryanair often have sales in quieter periods (eg April / October) which can enable you to nab ‘no-tax’ deals, a huge advantage as the tax is one of the bigger 'add ons' to the original ticket cost.

One of the best ways to search across multiple low-cost airlines is to use a flight comparison website. One of the best out there is Skyscanner - http://www.skyscanner.net/- an easy-to-use system which allows you to select your dates of travel, and where you are flying from and to. A big advantage of this site is that if you are flexible as to the city you travel to or from you can view all options captured in one search result – which may be a big cost-saver if you choose to fly from a less popular airport.

Another excellent flight price comparison website is Cheap Flights - http://www.cheapflights.co.uk/. This site offers lots of travel tips, daily deals and even a newsletter to help you find the best bargains out there. So there's no excuse for not shopping around when it comes to low cost flights for your next trip away.

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