It’s January 6, which means it’s Sunshine Saturday, the day of the year that’s considered to be the most popular time to book a holiday.
We recently learned how the festive period and general grimness of winter can leave us longing for warmth and desperate to book a trip to somewhere sunny as soon as possible.
And if you’re feeling the urge to nab yourself a fabulous holiday deal, then you’re in luck as there are a number of travel offers and sales throughout January, including to several bucket list destinations.
Travel experts have also shared their advice for the best times to go to certain destinations, to ensure you’re getting the cheapest flights out there.
Laura Lindsay, Skyscanner’s Travel Expert told Metro.co.uk: ‘We’re seeing holiday demand is high going into 2024, with searches by UK travellers over the Christmas break and into the first week of January already exceeding last year’s level by almost a quarter.
‘This early wave of interest shows that travellers are eager to start planning that all important next trip. As for where they’re headed, the current top searched cities include a mixture of long to medium and short haul destinations with trips to New York, Dubai, and Bangkok high on the agenda.
‘For many travellers, the holiday search starts early and they want to be able to easily explore and compare prices and options. There are great deals at this time of year for those who know how to shop around.’
If you don’t have anywhere specific in mind for your next trip, but know you want it to be cheap, then Skyscanner has the perfect tool to help with this.
Their Cheapest Month search option makes it easy to find the absolute cheapest month of the year to visit any destination in the world when searching for ‘flexible dates’ and the cheapest price broken down per month.
For those wondering, January is thought to be the cheapest month to fly to Tenerife or New York, with prices starting from £33 for a return for the former, and £337 return for the latter. While February is the cheapest month to fly to Barcelona, with prices starting from £25 return.
Those wanting to go to Dubai are urged to fly in March, when Skyscanner says prices start from £435 return, while September is thought to be the cheapest month to fly to Bangkok. Currently prices to fly in September start from £659 return. ( Flight prices economy, return from UK airports, correct at time of sharing. Cheaper flights with +1 stop also available.)
And if you’re booking cheap flights such as these and need somewhere to stay, you might want to sign up to Hotels.com. That’s because members of the site can currently get 25% off selected hotels thanks to their New Year’s deals.
Member Prices will help you save 25% or more on your hotel, but to take advantage of the deals, you’ll need to book by January 31, 2024.
For those that are looking for a more luxurious holiday package as a special treat, then companies such as TUI, British Airways and Sandals have some savings and offers available now for popular destinations such as Madrid, Crete, Jamaica, Egypt, and Dubai.
Here’s a closer look at a few of them…
Spain was found to be one of the most-visited countries of 2023, if you’ve been, loved it and fancy going back soon, then British Airways Holidays current Madrid deal could suit you and it’s perfect for a little weekend getaway.
They’re offering a two night stay at the Ilunion Suites Madrid, with economy (Euro Traveller) return flights from London Heathrow Airport, one checked bag at 23kg per person, has prices starting from £149pp travelling on selected dates in March 2024.
Greece was recently named as one of the top 10 most popular travel destinations in 2023, but if you didn’t make it there last year, there’s always 2024.
British Airways Holidays is currently offering seven nights at the 5* Elounda Peninsula All Suite Hotel in Crete from £1379pp, travelling on selected dates in October 2024 inclusive.
This deal includes economy (Euro Traveller) return flights from London Gatwick Airport, one checked bag at 23kg per person, and accommodation with breakfast. You’re also getting two free nights and free return transfer.
Turkey is always a popular holiday option and currently British Airways Holidays is offering seven nights, all-inclusiveat the Oludeniz Beach Resort by Z Hotels from £469 per person.
The trip will be for selected dates in April 2024 and includes economy (Euro Traveller) return flights from London Gatwick Airport, one checked bag at 23kg per person and accommodation on all-inclusive board basis.
TUI also currently has a deal on seven-night holidays to Dalaman, Turkey. The trip includes an all-inclusive stay at the TUI BLUE Sensatori Akra Fethiye and prices start from £1015 per person including one free child place.
This price is based on two adults and one child sharing a Family Area one Bedroom Family Room with Limited Sea View, Sliding Doors and Balcony.
Flights departing from Manchester Airport on 1st May 2024, 25kg of hold luggage and transfers.
Use code SALE for an additional £100 off when booking online.
This Caribbean country was another must-visit destination in 2023 and is likely to continue to prove popular over the coming months, and honestly it’s no surprise why, as it’s stunning.
Right now you can get nights at the 3* Impressive Punta Cana from £899 per person travelling on selected dates in September 2024.
This offer includes economy (World Traveller) return flights from London Gatwick, one checked bag at 23kg per person and accommodation.
We’ve already heard how Dubai is on travellers’ minds this year according to Skyscanner, and if you’re tempted to go then it’s worth noting that British Airways Holidays will give you three nights at the 4* Four Points by Sheraton Downtown Bur Dubai from £499 per person this month.
You can literally jet off ASAP, as this January deal includes economy (World Traveller) return flights from London Heathrow Airport, 23kg luggage allowance and accommodation on an all-inclusive basis.
Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt
We’re sure Egypt is a dream location for many, and if you’re looking to tick it off your bucket list in 2024, then you’re in luck as TUI has deals on seven-night holidays to Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt staying at the 5T Jaz Mirabel Beach Hotel on an all-inclusive basis.
Prices from £1,005 per person including one free child place. Use code SALE for an additional £100 off when booking online. This cost is based on two adults and one child sharing a Superior Twin Room with Garden View and Balcony or Terrace.
Flights departing from London Gatwick on 1st May 2024, 20kg of hold luggage and transfers.
All TUI prices quoted are correct to the particular product package at the time of writing. Prices provided are subject to change and have limited availability. Terms and conditions apply.
Jamaica is bound to be at the top of many travel wishlists, and this year it can be a reality for some holidaymakers thanks to Sandals.
As part of their 12 Days of Christmas Sale, the company is offering a seven-night stay for two people at Sandals Negril in Jamaica (adults-only) staying in a Paradise Premium room which costs from £1,635 per person.
This price includes Luxury Included (all-inclusive) accommodation, return economy class flights with Virgin Atlantic from London Heathrow Airport and resort transfers.
However, it’s worth noting that the price is date specific and is only valid for travel on 24th and 26th September 2024. It includes £150 saving when quoting ‘12DAYS’ at time of booking.
Or if you would prefer to travel as a family of four, you could instead enjoy a seven-night stay at Beaches Ocho Rios in Jamaica, staying in a Caribbean Luxury Family Sized Suite which costs from £2,069 per adult and from £2,119 per child.
This again includes Luxury Included® (all-inclusive) accommodation, return economy class flights with Virgin Atlantic from London Heathrow Airport, and resort transfers.
Price is date specific and is valid for travel on 31st October 2024 only.
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