Last Minute Holiday Flights

Published: December 24, 2015

Last Minute Holiday Flights, Flight deals
British Airways
BA has launched its world sale, with big discounts on flights from Heathrow and Gatwick, including the airline’s new long-haul routes to San Jose in California and Lima, Peru. Some of the best return deals include flying economy to Montreal from £437, Singapore from £574 and Lima from £561. The option to secure the holiday with a £150 deposit, or hold flights for £5, could be attractive to those overstretched during the festive season. The sale ends on 2 February.

UAE airline Etihad has discounts on flights booked over Christmas and New Year, with returns from London to Perth from £640. The sale doesn’t last as long as the BA one: it closes on 8 January.

Virgin Atlantic
There are returns from London to New York for £479 at the Virgin Atlantic sale, which runs until 27 January. Other standout deals include Havana from £519 return and Delhi from £490.

The “Hello 2016” fares sale from Emirates has big discounts for those who cantravel within certain dates. Flights from Manchester to Dubai start at £365, while flights to Bangkok from Gatwick cost around £450.

Bmi regional
Bmi regional has decent flight deals to European city destinations. One-way flights from Bristol to Milan start at £81, while Bristol to Paris starts at £49. One-way fares from East Midlands and Newcastle to Brussels start at £65.

Monarch seat and holiday sale
This sale ends at midnight on Christmas Day, so start planning. Monarch has over 8,000 seats with prices from £49, the majority to Tenerife and Larnaca, as well as holiday packages from £249.

Malaysia Airlines
There’s a range of special offers on flights to destinations across Asia with Malaysia Airlines, if booked before 15 January for the travel during spring and autumn. These include Heathrow to Jakarta from £519 return, Ho Chi Minh City from £529 or direct to the Thai island of Koh Samui from £569.

Royal Brunei Airlines
An end-of-year special offer from Royal Brunei means savings of up to 20% on flights booked online between 24 December and 2 January. Destinations include Dubai, Brunei, Borneo, Bali, Singapore, Vietnam and Melbourne, and the offer applies to travel dates between 15 January and 21 June 2016.

UK holidays

Hoseasons £200 school holiday discount
The holiday park company has healthy savings on offer on family stays booked before the end of January. Hoseasons is offering a £200 discount on week-long breaks booked during the school holiday period. Outside of school holidays, it has £60 off week-long stays.

Youth Hostel Association (YHA) 10% school holiday discount
The YHA is good for a bargain all year round, but for adventures in the British countryside next year, now’s a great time to book. The organisation is offering a 10% discount for all the upcoming school holiday periods. For a mini-break during the winter, rooms are going at incredibly low prices at the YHA’s all-season hostels – with doubles from £29 in Brighton and family rooms from £49 in Bath.

HF Holidays early booking deals
The walking and outdoor holiday specialist has a good selection of early-booking deals, such as up to £150 off a seven-day UK break booked before the end of the year. These include a spring self-guided walking holiday in Brecon for £465pp, down from £615. Accommodation is at a four-star country house and everything you need to get strolling – from maps to picnics – will be provided.

Saddle Skedaddle UK weekend offer
One for cycle tour aficionados bike holiday experts Saddle Skedaddle is offering 50% off its three-day UK weekend breaks in 2016 for those who also book a seven-day (or more) cycling holiday. This means a weekend tackling the Lake District’s classic peaks could cost just £137 – but it must be booked by the end of the year.

Mercure hotels 30% off
Mercure is offering a discount of up to 30% for winter stays across the UK and Ireland, with rooms from £50 a night. This includes the newly renovated and four-star Mercure Exeter Southgate Hotel. The Mercure London Bridge could be ideal for those considering a January sales shopping trip in London. Bookings can be made from now until 1 March.

Beyond the UK

Hayes and Jarvis holiday sale
From 21 December-1 February, Hayes and Jarvis is running an “Every Holiday on Sale Campaign”. There are plenty of far-flung destinations to choose from, but one of the cheapest offers is eight nights at the Paton Beach Hotel in Phuket, Thailand, for £699pp, including flights. Those planning something more ambitious than lounging on the beach might be tempted by a seven-day guided tour of Kerala in spring, starting from £1,149pp – a saving of up to £135pp, including flights.

Citalia – up to 35% off holidays
The Italian holiday specialist has big discounts available until 1 February. A long weekend in Venice, with half-board accommodationat the four-star Hotel Savoia and Jolanda will cost £279pp, including flights from London. The company is also offering seven nights for the price of six at Lake Garda’s Hotel Piccolo Mondo for £615pp, also including flights and €70 resort credit.

Eurocamp 2016 savings
With plenty of sitesacross western Europe, Eurocamp offers a wide range of holidays, from a budget camping trip for the family to a treehouse escape. Or, for those who fancy doing both, Eurocamp is currently offering a 40% discount on second holidays. Among theother 2016 deals is a 20% discount on early July bookings and 10% off during school holiday periods.

Lowcost Holidays – up to 50% off
For a good bargain on package deals, try Lowcost Holidays’ sale, running until 1 February. Deals for holidays in June include seven nights self-catering in Ibiza from £239pp, including flights from Gatwick, and seven nights all-inclusive in Majorca from £375pp, flying from Manchester.

Travel Bag package savings
Travel Bag has deals on trips and cruises to destinations including Sri Lanka, Cancún, and the Caribbean. One offer that stands out is a trip taking in New York and Miami, with three nights at the Paper Factory Hotel in New York, followed by a week sunning it at the four-star Aqua Hotel on Miami Beach. The price is for room only, but includes flights – from £1,039pp for travel at the end of the summer.

Austravel sale
Trips down under (from the UK) will always be pricey, but Austravel is running discounts on its holidays with two free nights that can be used either as a stopover or added to the holiday on all bookings made before 2 February. One particularly appealing itinerary is a trip combining Singapore and New Zealand – a 17-night holiday for £1,195pp including flights from London. After a few nights in the Asian city, explore New Zealand’s South Island by motorhome and enjoy a whale watching tour off its coast.

Responsible Travel’s early deals
Responsible Travel always hosts a good selection of trips from independent holiday companies, and there are a number of packages on offer for those who book early for 2016. One trip that catches the eye is a seven-day activity holiday in beautiful Montenegro, including kayaking on Lake Skadar, wild swimming and hikes. The trip starts at £495, excluding flights, but if you book before the end of the year you can get £100pp off.


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