How do I know what is or isn’t a good deal?

How do I know what is or isn’t a good deal?

This is always the most difficult aspect if you're tracking pricing to a certain destination - especially one you don't travel to on a regular basis: being able to recognise whether a certain price (even an advertised 'sale' price!) is actually a good deal or not.

Fare pricing for various destinations can (and often does) depend on so many factors (like distance, route competition, country/city taxes and tariffs, etc.) that it's almost impossible to know what is a good fare unless you're actively tracking each route for months. This is made even more difficult with the rise of the presence of budget airlines in long-haul travel, which offer lower up-front pricing but then charge more for 'extras' such as meals and checked luggage.

So, how can you tell whether a deal is truly a deal?

Luckily, that's what I do, and I'm here to try and provide some guidance.

This is also based on an average airline quality as fares do vary by airline. For example, a £385 return to Ho Chi Minh on Air China is not a great fare, but the same fare on 5-star Qatar Airlines is a decent deal.

Note: Here I’m listing what is a GOOD (not great!) deal for flights from the UK, Ireland, and the EU to various destinations on full-service airlines (such as British Airways, Emirates, etc.). These also include budget airlines with all the add-ons of a full-service airline, like checked bags and meals included. While the initial price is listed in GBP, the exchange rate and expected price is close enough to stand in for EUR estimates as well :)

North America

  • Good deal for a 1-stop flight: under  £350 
  • Good deal non-stop flight: under £400 

Central America and the Caribbean

  • Good deal for a 1-stop flight: under £400 
  • Good deal non-stop flight: under £500

 

South America

  • Good deal for a 1-stop flight: under £500 (£400 for Peru or Colombia)
  • Good deal non-stop flight: under £600 (£450 for Peru)

Australasia

  • Good deal for a 1-stop flight: under £600 
    (lower for Perth, higher for New Zealand)

South Asia

  • Good deal for a 1-stop flight: under £315 
  • Good deal non-stop flight: under £350 

Southeast Asia

  • Good deal for a 1-stop flight: under £315 
  • Good deal non-stop flight: under £400 

Sub-Saharan Africa

  • Good deal for a 1-stop flight: under £400 (varies greatly by destination)
  • Good deal non-stop flight: under £500 

 

North Africa

  • Good deal for a 1-stop flight: under £200  
  • Good deal non-stop flight: under £250 

 

Middle East

  • Good deal for a 1-stop flight: under £230 (can vary greatly by destination)
  • Good deal non-stop flight: under £300 (can vary greatly by destination)

Hopefully, this helps give you some important guidance when browsing for flights and seeing my deals land in your inbox!

You can visit our ultimate guide to finding cheap flights to anywhere should you want some more information on how to find great deals.