Have you ever looked at the cost of flights and noticed the large price gap between those heading out of the London airports, such as Gatwick, Stansted and Heathrow, and the price of those from the more regional airports, such as Manchester, East Midlands and Newcastle? It’s a commonly recurring theme, and it’s one that led me to find a way to save money on travel.
I’m always up for saving a few pounds wherever my holiday plans are concerned, as that means more for me to enjoy when I’m actually away.
Before you put this idea down as too far to travel, hear me out, as you’ll probably find that even when you factor in the cost of travelling down to the capital, your total price including the flight may turn out to be cheaper. Of course, this isn’t true in all cases, so you should always shop around, but even if you combine it with an indirect flight, you’re looking at an option to save cash, which is always better spent on sun, sea and sangria.
I first checked out this idea last year, when I was struggling to find a return flight with baggage from Manchester or East Midlands to Dalaman for under £280. So I did a more open search on Skyscanner, and couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw better flight times from Heathrow for £180 return, including baggage! Of course, I booked it, and then began to look into how to get down south for my flight.
Trains and buses are an option if you don’t want to drive, however I looked into the idea of driving myself down and parking the car up at the airport. I found some great prices with airport parking with BCP. I was shocked at how much cheaper this all turned out to be, so I booked the airport parking straightaway and began to look forward to duty free at a London airport for the first time!
Driving yourself to the terminal door, parking up and having the freedom and convenience all that brings means less worry about delayed trains, buses not turning up etc, and is a much more laid-back experience as a result. Holidays shouldn’t be about stress and worry, they should be enjoyed from the get-go.
There are many airport extras to add onto your cheap capital flight, and the facilities for airport parking are second to none. The Heathrow Airport parking facilities I used were absolutely faultless, the level of service, not to mention the price, we’re paramount to the enjoyment to the start of my travels..
So, the next time you’re searching for a holiday and don’t want to break the bank on getting from A to B, open your search a little and include those further away airports, as you might just find a bargain.
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