Travel questions

Should I wait until nearer my travel date for a bargain?

Simon Calder answers your questions on late deals, the joys of Crete and the costly matter of changing your airline tickets

Monday 23 May 2022 21:30
<p>People enjoy the sunset over Canggu beach, north of Kuta and Seminyak, in Bali</p>

People enjoy the sunset over Canggu beach, north of Kuta and Seminyak, in Bali

Q We are hoping to go to Bali for Christmas and new year. We already have a great deal at a hotel as we took a gamble and booked while Bali was still in lockdown. However, trying to find a reasonable flight is proving tricky. The fares direct from airlines are way too high – Google Flights, Skyscanner and Momondo keep presenting what look like decent options, typically hundreds of pounds lower, but I am constantly clicking through to find these flights don’t exist.

Is it better to just bite the bullet and go direct to an airline website or should I just persevere and hope that one of the cheaper fares is actually available? As an alternative, do companion fares for business class ever crop up over this period?

Lenny G

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