LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwire - Oct. 4, 2012) - As the nights begin to draw in, thoughts turn to Christmas, and many Brits will be looking to escape the country and jet to warmer climes, or use the public holidays to visit a new city. While it may seem a few months away, it is important to plan ahead when booking flights to guarantee the best deal, according to Cheap Flights Finder, the world's first meta metasearch engine, which compares up to 16 flight comparison sites.
Barbados is a particularly popular destination for those wanting to catch some rays over the festive season, yet flights can vary significantly in price depending on the airline, travel agent, and flight finder site used. However, booking your flight in September could lead to significant variations. A direct return flight leaving London on 20th December and returning one week later was quoted as £878 through Virgin Atlantic with one particular search engine, with exactly the same flight being quoted as £945 through another flight comparison site. This discrepancy of £67 means a family of four would be wasting £228 which could be put towards other elements of the holiday.*
Many families will also use the school holidays to book a chalet in their favourite ski resort and enjoy some time on the slopes. Turin in North Italy is a popular airport for skiers, and yet flights to this destination from London Gatwick can also vary depending on the particular meta search engine you choose. The same direct return flight via British Airways for a week over Christmas varied from £169 with one search engine to over £197 with another.*
Shahab Siddiqui, founder of CheapFlightsFinder.com, comments: "Many consumers are unaware that when they are researching air travel options, whether for a city break or for round the world flights, that a single metasearch engine will not always bring up the most competitive price. This means the cost of an identical flight can actually vary depending on the flight comparison site you use.
"The cost of flights is always significantly higher over Christmas and New Year, as families and individuals use this time to visit relatives or jet off somewhere new, and I would urge people to use a meta metasearch engine such as Cheap Flights Finder to guarantee they are undertaking a thorough and comprehensive search. It's also advisable to book as far in advance as possible, particularly if your trip involves multi-city flights - those who leave their Christmas travel plans to the last minute will inevitably be stung by higher charges."
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*Flights searched via CheapFlightsFinder.com on 17 September 2012.