How to avoid EasyJet’s high prices

Tired of working? Dreaming of a week in Tenerife? Get your family and your swimming suit and go for it! Easyjet offers daily flights to Tenerife, so finding the perfect flight shouldn’t be a problem.

But wait! The final price of a return flight from London to Tenerife South for a family of four (travelling without hold luggage!!!) is £1,785! This is the price you get on the EasyJet website on the 12th of July 2012, for a return flight departing on the 12th of August 2012 and returning on the 19th of August. If this is way too much for you to pay, you should definitely continue reading in order to find out how to get a much lower price for that Easyjet flight, in that exact period!

First of all, let’s try to understand how come the price is so high, while our friends say that they usually book very cheap EasyJet tickets. EasyJet is a low cost airline that has a very dynamic pricing strategy. This means that someone who is flying with EasyJet may have paid even 10 times more for his ticket than the person who is sitting next to him on that flight! There are many reasons for this difference, but the main factor that influences Easyjet prices is the time when you buy your tickets. Generally speaking, if you purchase your ticket sooner, you will get a better deal! Here are some additional tips on when to purchase the cheapest flight tickets.

So it is not that difficult to get cheaper tickets after all! Just purchase them as soon as they are put on sale, directly from the airline’s website. This means you need to buy your tickets 6 or sometimes even 10 months before the flight, but believe me, it’s worth the effort! You pay so little for those tickets that even if you change plans or you aren’t able to go on that trip anymore you end up losing much less than what you would pay if you waited until you were 100% sure before buying the tickets!

But, if it’s so simple, why doesn’t everybody do this? In fact, many people do it! They just plan ahead of time and book the flight tickets as soon as the airline starts selling them online. That’s why the ticket prices increase very sharply during the first few days they are on sale. So, if you are a week or even a day late, you will pay a higher price. Remember that you are not the only one that is keeping an eye on that flight and that the first tickets to be sold are the cheapest. So you definitely want to know that they are available as soon as the company starts selling them!

So, how can I be the first to know? What many people do is visit www.EasyJet.com daily and check if they can book the desired flight. If this sounds boring to you, I cannot agree with you more! That’s why, if you are smart, you use the Flight Alert tool! This is a very simple tool that checks the EasyJet flights regularly and sends you an email alert as soon as the tickets for your desired flight start being sold by Easyjet.

Setting up a flight alert is very easy. All you need to do is visit the Flight alert page. Select the airline, choose the departure and the arrival airport for your flight, enter the week when you want to travel, fill in your name and email and submit the alert request! No registration is needed, there are no fees and no hassle and you don’t receive any useless info. And since Easyjet starts selling the tickets for a large number of flights at a time, it’s enough for you to set up an alert for your outgoing flight.

Now you can just sit back and wait for the email alert to be delivered to your inbox! Prepare your credit card, decide the exact flight dates and the persons flying with you and make sure that as soon as you receive the email, YOU BOOK THE FLIGHT!

4 comments

  1. Isobel says:

    This is exactly the reason why I try to make my travel plans at least a year before the actual trip. This is to take advantage of cheaper rates from budget airlines. The good thing about this is that it also allows for some flexibility, since it is not much of a hassle if you need to cancel the trip for whatever reason.
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  2. Lucian says:

    You are right, Isobel. Thanks for passing by.

  3. Caroline says:

    It’s a shame that their dynamic policy is now putting prices up DURING the booking process! People who booked 2 hours after flights were released found that their flights increased £200 as they were inputting their passenger details.

  4. Marah Howles says:

    I think your suggestion to get the cheapest flight ticket does not only apply to Easyjet but also to other airlines. And I agree with you… more than hundreds of people are keeping an eye to get the possible cheapest airfare they can, so it’s important to be attentive too. Great post!

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