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Revealed flightbooking hacks that can save you cash in 2019


first_imgBut you can always find out which is cheapest for your flight with this one simple trick – tick the ‘add nearby airports’ option when you search on Skyscanner.net. If you’d like to limit it to specific airports – e.g Heathrow, Gatwick and Southend – then on the search results page, you can untick the airports you don’t want to fly from. The waiting game For example, we found flights from London to Sardinia in May for as little as £38 when we tried this. Planning your 2019 adventures? Here’s some inspiration…. Search Everywhere When we checked, we found that a family of four flying to Tenerife could save over £500 if they switched from London Luton to Stansted. Our data doesn’t give any solid answers as to whether you’ll typically save by booking at a smaller airport or a larger one. 7 ridiculously cheap places to go on holiday this year More for less: the closest and cheapest places to get guaranteed sunshine DestinationPrice drop %Austin, Texas28%Chicago, Illinois19%Detroit, Michigan17% Seattle, Washington16%Denver, Colorado15%San Francisco, California11%Buenos Aires, Argentina 9%Los Angeles, California7%Sao Paulo, Brazil6%Oakland, California6% This works for your arrival airport, too, but be careful – if you’re not sure where the airports are and how to get to and from them, do some research before booking. Sometimes the cheaper airport can cost you more in transportation costs, eliminating any savings you might have made on the fare. For example the fixed-fare price for a taxi into the city centre from Rome Fiumicino Airport is €48 (per vehicle, not per passenger), compared to just €30 from Rome Ciampino Airport, so bear this in mind when deciding on which flight to book. You might find it’s cheaper to fly out a day before or after you’d originally planned, which is where our ‘month view’ search tool really comes into its own. TGIF The midweek hump can hit hard, and it’s tempting to book a little getaway to cheer yourself up. Try to resist the urge: if you book on a Wednesday, you could be paying over the odds. Jack continues, “And if you’re not sure where to go, use Skyscanner’s handy Map View feature to find the best-value destinations from your local airport. You can easily set filters to your travel month and for direct or indirect routes. Then it’s simply a matter of scrolling through the map and you’ll see the best value destinations – with some of the best bargains already highlighted for you.” Closer to home, there are some incredible bargains to be had on short-haul routes – especially to Germany, which takes four places in the top ten routes. Frankfurt has had the biggest price drop over the past year, with prices falling by 26% on average. This is closely followed by Cologne with a drop of 23%. Broaden Your Options Conventional wisdom has long held that the cheapest fares are for Tuesday or Wednesday departures. But over the last four years our research has turned the ‘fly midweek’ wisdom on its head. ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepartReturnCabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map Based on Skyscanner flight data from 2015 to 2018, looking at exits from the UK to all destination for the average flight price of return economy adult fare at the point of travel for each day of the week, and at the point of booking for each day of the week. All fares based on live data from Skyscanner website and are subject to change due to availability and price fluctuations. Long gone are the days when it was always cheaper to book a return flight with the same airline. Our research indicates you can frequently save by being disloyal. When we checked flights from London to Gran Canaria in August, we found savings of £76 for a family of four by going out with one airline and back with another. The cheapest day to depart from the UK is typically a Friday – hooray for the weekend! And the most expensive day to fly from Blighty? Sunday. That’s great news for short-breakers – or those who want to turn five days off work into nine days away. Browse deals Know where and when you want to travel, but not in a rush to book? You can make savings by setting up a price alert. Simply log into Skyscanner: setting up an account is easy and free, search on the website or in the app, then press the Alarm Bell icon. You’ll then be sent notices when the flight prices increase or decrease. Flying out on a Friday instead of a Sunday saw an average saving of an impressive 21%. On pricier flights, that could easily pay for an extra night in a hotel – or that new piece of lightweight carry-on luggage you’ve been eyeing up. RelatedThe best time to book cheap flightsWant to make sure you’re getting the best price for your flight? We’ve got the tool you need that’s just the ticket!7 wonders of the world in one trip? Challenge acceptedMega-trips are bigger than ever for 2019 and it doesn’t get more epic than this grand tour of the new seven wonders of the world. Here’s our insider’s guide to the perfect route, where to stay, and what to pack. A month is all you need but if that’s not…Mythbusters: What are charter flights and how to find a good dealBudget charter flights could be a great option if you’re looking to get away for a bargain holiday. Here’s a rundown of the whats, wheres and whens of getting a great deal. DestinationPrice drop %Frankfurt, Germany26%Cologne, Germany23%Kaunas, Lithuania 18%Genoa, Italy17%Bratislava, Slovakia16%Bremen, Germany 14%Cagliari, Italy14%Reykjavik, Iceland14%Dortmund, Germany11%Luqa, Malta11% Be Flexible Top 10 Best Value Long-Haul Destinations for 2019 But what about just holding tight and waiting until the last-minute? Unfortunately, this trick isn’t the tried-and-true method of ye olden days (i.e. the 1990s). Our data indicates that many airlines ramp up prices in in the days before departure. New York and Amsterdam were the most popular flight destinations in 2018, but if you fancy going somewhere different we’ve crunched the numbers to find out which places have seen the biggest drop in average flight prices over the past year. ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map The USA dominates the long-haul routes with the biggest price drops, with Austin, Texas seeing a 28% reduction compared to 2017. Only two non-US destinations made it into the top ten. Search flights Sunday Funday Best Value Destinations for 2019 Jack from Jack’s Flight Club has this advice: “If you need a last-minute flight, and you don’t want to pay over the odds, be flexible with your airline choice. Some of the smaller carriers and those that specialise in package holidays to beach destinations will discount unsold seats as the departure time nears. Use Skyscanner’s Search Everywhere tool to find deals. Choose Whole Month for your travel dates, select ‘direct only’ and hit Search Flights. Then scroll down the list of destinations until you see one with an insanely good deal.” If you’re lucky enough to have a few airports nearby, it’s easy to assume that flight prices will be similar from them all. But different airports have different overheads, and you can save a packet by comparing flight prices. Top 10 Best Value European Destinations for 2019 Doing a comparison of all the flight options on the airlines’ own websites would take hours. But on Skyscanner.net, every search scours all the airlines and brings you the best deal, whether it’s flying out and back with the same airline or mixing it up – or even flying into and out of different airports. Mix it up The most searched destinations of 2018 Looking at last year’s data, we found that travellers who bought their tickets on a Wednesday paid on average 4% more than those who booked on a Sunday. On a £500 flight, that’s £25. While it might not make a huge difference for the cheapest fares (after all, how much lower can a £9.99 flight go?), for group trips or pricey flights, it could be worth the wait. Try it for yourself now:last_img read more


Top 15 attractions and things to do in Marrakech


first_img15. Visit EssaouiraMarrakech is fun but extremely hectic, so a day trip to the coastal town of Essaouira (pronounced ‘essa-weera’) can make for a welcome change of pace. This fortified walls of this fishing town are ideal for strolling along, and the market is measurably less frantic than that of Marrakech. The beach is also great for wandering, but better for windsurfing – the town is subject to strong winds that blow pretty much non-stop all year round. If you do go, make sure to stop by Gelateria Dolce Freddo on the main square for probably the best ice cream in Morocco. Supratours buses run between Marrakech and Essaouira – see their website for times. 10. Dar Si Said MuseumFurther your cultural education with a look at this museum of Moroccan handicrafts. Housed in another gorgeous nineteenth century palace, there are Berber trinkets, Moorish ceilings and Tuareg leatherwork to admire here. Look out for the wedding-reception chamber and elegant courtyards, originally built for the brother of Grand Vizier Bou Ahmed, Si Said. Opening times: Wed to Mon, 9am – 4.45pm.Location: Derb Si Said.Price: Adults Dhs10, Children Dhs3. 13. Take a trip into the desertFrom one day camel rides to four day epic treks to Fez, it’s worth exploring your surroundings even if you’re only on a short break in Marrakech. Er Chigaga Dunes in the Sahara desert are a popular choice, but most tours will include extra touches like a stay in an authentic Berber tent and home-cooked food around the campfire. Check out Top Desert for well-organised packages. Search flights to Marrakech ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map Also known as Jemaa el-Fnaa, this famous square is the pivot around which the friendly chaos revolves and the ideal place to kickstart a city break in Marrakech. During the blazing heat of the day, scurry to one of the covered rooftop cafes that surround the square, providing an ideal viewing spot for the madness below. Stall holders loudly proclaim their wares, snake charmers do their thing, tourists look bewildered and the loudspeakers of the nearby Koutoubia Mosque deafen with the call to prayer five times a day. But it’s after dark when the square really comes alive – an army of food stalls invades, and locals and tourists alike descend in the blessed cool of the evening to enjoy local cuisine at rock-bottom prices. Pick a stall, park yourself on a chair and enjoy. 11. Madrassa Ben YoussefA former religious school dating back to the fourteenth century, the building’s exterior belies the startling green and terracotta mosaics, domed prayer hall and intricate stucco-work. You can still see the hundreds of tiny dormitory ‘cells’ for the students. Local guides can bring the surroundings to life for a few dirhams. The Almoravid sultan Ben Youssef also lent his name to the oldest mosque in Marrakech, nearby, although you’ll have to admire it from the outside if you’re non-Muslim.Opening times: Sun to Sat 8am – 5pm.Location: Kaat Benahid.Price: 20Dhs. 9. Marrakech MuseumPeer at ancient Islamic coins, bright patterned ceramics and jewelled weaponry fit for the Sultans of old, in this treasure house of Moroccan artefacts. Add to this the stunner of a building – a former ministerial palace – resplendent with tiled floors, chandeliers and stained glass, and this is definitely worth a stop on your tour of Marrakech sights.Opening times: Daily 9am – 6.30pm.Location: Place Ben Youssef, Marrakech Medina.Price: 30Dhs. How to get to MarrakechRyanair, easyJet and BA all fly direct to Marrakech from London. If you’re flying from regional UK airports like Birmingham or Manchester, you can change at European airports like Amsterdam or Lisbon. Marrakech Menara Airport is less than 20 minutes’ (8km) drive from the centre of Marrakech.Find the cheapest deals on flights to Marrakech with Skyscanner: 14. Feast at Al FassiaBeloved by Moroccans as much as visitors, Al Faissa is where to go for upmarket, but authentic local cuisine. With two locations (Al Fassia Aguedal is in a boutique hotel south of central Marrakech), it also has the fairly unusual set-up of being run almost entirely by women. Though their pigeon bstilla (pigeon pie) and roasted shoulder of lamb dishes are of the highest quality, dinner for two will only set you back around £40.Opening times: Lunch and dinner every day except Tuesdays.Location: (Al Faissa Gueliz, Marrakech city centre) 55, Boulevard Zerktouni.Price: Mains from 130Dhs (around £10). 1. Watch the madness unfold at Djemma el-Fna ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepartReturnCabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Mapcenter_img 8. Make time for teaMoroccan mint tea is a staple of daily life in Marrakech. People drink it everywhere and at any time of day, and you’ll inevitably be offered it at some point. It’s considered impolite to refuse, so it’s just as well that the hot tea is invariably delicious and surprisingly cooling too. It’s made from a mixture of green tea and fresh mint leaves along with lashings and lashings of sugar – if you’re used to mint tea au naturel then you may find the sweet, pungent taste quite surprising. Dar Belkabir just off the Djemma El-Fna offers a mean cuppa, but you can find a decent mint tea pretty much anywhere. 6. Take a turn around Koutoubia MosqueThe 77-metre-tall minaret of this sizable mosque, located right next to Djemma El-Fna, is a handy marker for those at sea in the souk. A closer inspection is warranted, however, if only to appreciate the ornate ceramics and scalloped arches of this impressive 12th-century building. Non-Muslims are not permitted to go inside, but the gardens are open from 8 am to 8 pm and offer the perfect place for an early evening wander. 3. Scrub up in a hammamAfter pounding the dusty streets all day giving the sights a thorough see, there’s nothing better than a long hot scrub in a hammam (steam room). After soaking in the steam, you’ll be lathered up with ghassoul (black soap made from natural mineral clay) and then scrubbed down thoroughly with a kessa (a sort of rough glove) – the layers of skin will peel off alarmingly, but I guarantee it’s the cleanest you’ll ever feel in your life. For a taste of luxury, try Les Bains de Marrakech or for a – potentially more fun – local option in which you’ll be surrounded by the everyday gossip of the men and women (segregated, of course) who visit the hammam every week. Hammam Dar El Bacha is a popular choice – men go in the morning, women in the afternoon and evening. Where to stay in MarrakechIf you don’t want to splash out some £800 on a stay at the Royal Mansour Marrakech, a certain level of comfort is still attainable IN Marrakech. For a more reasonable £127 Villa Makassar comes well-equipped with a library, a hot tub and rooftop terrace and is handy for the Medina and big Marrakech attractions like the Royal Palace.For bargain rates, try Kaktus Hostel, south-west of the centre. Laid out around a courtyard like a basic riad, it has a good eco-conscious approach and creative atmosphere.Find hotels in Marrakech*Published March 2017. Any prices are lowest estimated prices only at the time of publication and are subject to change and/or availability.**Still looking for inspiration? We’ve got some alternative city break ideas for you below:Top 10 things to do in PalermoPalermo provides an exotic mix of African and European culture – and a grisly reminder of the past lurks beneath.Discover Belgrade: top things to see and doFrom cutting edge street art to brutalist Yugoslav-era architecture, here are the best things to see and do in the beautiful Serbian capital, Belgrade.The best things to do in PortoFramed by the sea and the mighty River Duoro, Portugal’s second city is home to one of the most beautiful old towns in Europe, a swathe of historic churches, gardens and (naturally) port wine. Skyscanner is the world’s travel search engine, helping your money go further on flights, hotels and car hire. 2. Cosy up in a riadThere are hundreds of riads to choose from in Marrakech, and they can provide an oasis of calm and hospitality away from the hectic streets. The name ‘riad’ derives from the Arabic for garden, and these guesthouses tend to be arranged around a picturesque open courtyard that’s usually festooned with plants. They often boast roof terraces too, which are perfect for relaxing in the shade with a good book. The only down side is that riads can be so cosy that it’s hard to lever yourself out of them to go sightseeing. A couple of recommendations are Riad Les Yeux Bleus, which is situated around two central courtyards and has been beautifully restored by the French owners, and Riad Chafia, the local owners of which are very helpful and will be happy to welcome you with a cup of mint tea. 4. Wonder at the Palais de la BahiaConstruction of this grand palace began in 1866 at the behest of Grand Vizier Si Moussa, a former slave who rose to become the sultan’s right-hand man. After his death the palace was expanded considerably by his son Bou Ahmed, who also became grand vizier. The rambling, one-storey building is full of constant surprises, as intimate gardens can be found right next to grand colonnaded courtyards, which in turn give way to private apartments laden with astonishingly detailed stuccos. The word ‘bahia’ means ‘beauty’ or ‘brilliance’, and it’s certainly a fitting name.Opening times: Mon to Sun 8am – 5pm.Location: 52, Jemaa El Fna.Price: 10Dhs. 7. Relax in Jardin MajorelleIf you’re maxed out on mosques and saturated with souks, the Jardin Majorelle is the place to come for something a bit different. This tranquil garden with its calming blue buildings was laid out by the French artist Jacques Majorelle in the 1920s and 1930s, and in 1980 it was bought by clothes designer Yves Saint-Laurent and his business partner Pierre Bergé. After Saint-Laurent’s death in 2008, his ashes were scattered in the garden. The shaded fountains offer a soothing escape from the city’s heat, and the small gallery of Majorelle’s paintings is worth a look.Opening times: (Oct 1 to Apr 30) 8am – 5:30pm, (May 1 to Sept 30) 8am – 6pm.Location: Rue Yves Saint Laurent.Price: (Garden) 70Dhs; (Museum) 30Dhs. 12. Peek at the Saadian TombsBuilt by Sultan al-Ghalib Abdullah in 1557, this mausoleum is the final resting place of the sixteenth and seventeenth century Saadian dynasty, walled up and kept hidden by subsequent rulers and only rediscovered in 1917. Works of art in marble and mosaic, you might need to come early to miss the crowds queuing up to see the magnificent main tomb, dedicated to Lalla Mas’ouda, mother of Sultan Ahmed al-Mansour ed-Dahbi.Opening times: Daily 9am – 4.45pm.Location: Rue de la Kasbah, accessed through the Kasbah Mosque.Price: Adults Dhs10, Children Dhs3. 5. Explore the souks of the MedinaThe twisting medieval passageways of the Marrakech souks (markets) within the medina (old town) can be intimidating, but the best approach is to just plunge in. You’ll almost certainly get lost, even with the help of a map, so just follow your feet, enjoy the sights and smells of the market stalls and see where you end up – you’ll pop out on a main street eventually. There’s not really one but five souks to peruse, including the pungent Spice Souk, and the charming Slipper Souk. Local people may offer to guide you to various sights within the souk, but be aware that you’re just as likely to end up at their brother’s carpet shop as the historical Ben Youssef Madrasa. If that does happen, there’s little to do but shrug, laugh and start haggling. RelatedWhere to go on holiday in OctoberHalloween is around the corner, the last leaves are tenaciously clinging to the branches and the coffee shops are whipping out the pumpkin spice syrup. Summer might be over, but that doesn’t mean the holidays need to be. Check out the Skyscanner guide to the best cities, beaches, and events…Last chance city sun: 6 flights for £60 or lessLast chance city sun: 6 flights for £60 or lessTop 15 attractions and things to do in ThessalonikiVenerable in age and young at heart, Greece’s second city rewards those who follow their noses into bakeries and hidden backstreets, or wander through secret doorways and down into crypts. Uncover the best of Thessaloniki on a weekend away, with our guide to the top things to see, do and…last_img read more