Travelling home for Christmas

Home for Christmas: When’s the best time to book tickets?

If you live away from your home and family for the majority of the year, you’ll undoubtedly be excited to return to your hometown in time for the Christmas festivities. Whether you’re travelling halfway across the world, or you simply need to hop on a train, it’s important to plan your journey home early on, to avoid paying over the odds for a ticket home.

Christmas can be a difficult financial time for many. The amount of gifts and decorations to buy can add up and put a decent dent in your budget, therefore it’s important to save money where possible and get on the right financial footing for the new year.

To help you out, we’ve found some of the best Christmas travel deals to take advantage of, so that you can travel home on the cheap.

Christmas Flight Deals

The cost of flights can rack up rather quickly and can cost up to 75% more at the end of the year. Therefore, the best rule of thumb is to plan ahead. If you know you’re going home for the holidays, booking as far in advance as possible will ensure that you get the best deal.

As for the cheapest days to travel around Christmas 2017, off-peak will be your best bet.

Research has shown that Sundays are the best day to book flights, with bookings on this day providing you with savings of around 30%.

In addition, avoid booking tickets for the week or weekend before Christmas, as this is when many people will be travelling.

Christmas Train Tickets

When buying train tickets, it’s best to follow the same procedure as with buying plane tickets; the earlier the better.

If you’re wondering when advance tickets become available, Trainline and Cross Country Trains offer email alerts that notify you when your tickets become available for advance purchase. This helps you to plan ahead and take advantage of significant savings.

Alternatively, websites such as Split Ticketing can offer even more opportunities to save. The site finds the cheapest way of getting to your destination, by splitting your journey into different trips.

There are many more tips and tricks for saving on train tickets. Money Saving Expert has a whole guide on getting the cheapest train tickets, revealing the top hacks to help you save even more in the run-up to the festive season.

Affordable Bus Tickets

If you’re after affordable bus tickets, you’re in luck. There are plenty of websites online that will offer cheap tickets, as well as helping you to find them.

MegaBus is a notoriously cheap coach travel firm, that can see you travelling around the country for as little as £1!

If you’re travelling via national express, the Christmas service national express site shows you the exact dates and locations their buses are running over the holiday period.

As well as this, bus tickets usually become available around 3 months before the travel date, so in order to save as much money as possible, it’s best to book around this time.

Use your Prepaid card for travel tickets

When shopping for affordable train, plane or bus tickets, be sure to use your icount current account with prepaid Mastercard when purchasing. With this, you can take advantage of discounts and cashback offers that are exclusive to icount customers.

For more money saving advice, head over to our money guides. Safe travels!

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