The biggest summer vacation ripoffs – and the cheap flights to buy instead

There are some general tips for getting cheaper flights. Inevitably, the less convenient early morning or late evening flights often offer the best value. You might also consider flying to smaller airports a little further from your final destination, or trying a multi-center vacation and familiarizing yourself with local transportation.

Research is key: flying to a city rather than a classic Mediterranean island, for example, but finding a sleepy seaside village just an hour away by train could save you hundreds of pounds, not to mention help detour crowds. And if you’re open to a new destination, try using the “search anywhere” tool on popular flight comparison websites like Skyscanner to find bargain options.

Below are five top summer vacations that won’t break the bank. Given the high number of cancellations, we have avoided listing easyJet routes, but passengers should be aware that other carriers are also cutting flights this summer.

Note that the flight prices shown are for specific dates, but we’ve selected routes where decent value options are available throughout the summer.

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Geneva, Switzerland

Flightsreturn: £80 return (August 4-11; departing from London City Airport with Swiss Airlines)

If the price of your classic seaside holiday has eluded you, why not try Switzerland’s second city, which recently dubbed itself a “resort town”, trading on its lake, mild weather (temperatures hover around the mid-20s at the height of summer) and proximity to the Alps.

The city is attached to the idea. From July to the end of August, every tourist will receive a free Geneva Resort Pass, which offers free or discounted access to more than 100 activities, from vineyards to wild swimming, as well as a free and unlimited travel card to be used during the length of their stay. travel. Meanwhile, Swiss Air flights from London City Airport (which recently topped The Telegraph’s ranking of the best UK flights [and worst] airports) are reasonably priced during the summer holidays, regularly costing less than £100.

In terms of accommodations, splurge at one of the large hotels located on the lake – the 26-suite Woodward is particularly spectacular. More affordable (and still just a 10-minute walk from the lake) is the Tiffany Hotel, an ode to Art Nouveau in Geneva’s bohemian quarter. Doubles from £168.

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