How to Afford Long Haul Flights

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Everyone should have the opportunity to experience and learn new things outside of their ‘comfort-zones’, beyond their spheres of custom. However, when it comes to physical travel, flights aren’t cheap, especially long haul flights. Whilst I may be lucky that I grew up in the UK, with EU countries and access to different cultures in so close proximity – Paris is only an hour away – I know this isn’t the case for everyone. So I want to share a tip on finding affordable long haul flights.

I came across STA Travel – an agency working to provide travel deals for students and under 31’s – whilst I was in university and used them a few times to book flights before I found the ‘Blue Ticket’ deal. This deal ensured the lowest price and great flexibility when my partner and I bought our tickets to Australia.

With Blue Ticket flights, you have the ability to put a deposit down and pay for the rest of your flight in instalments as and when you can before you leave. As we only needed the deposit, we were able to book so far in advance and weren’t worried about having the money to pay for it all upfront. This protected our savings in the long run. When we saw the perfect flight, for the cheapest rate, we pounced.

After finding the flights we prefered, I called the company to ensure that everything was in order. I am so glad I did. At our request, they arranged our flights so that, for no additional charges, we could spend a week in Hong Kong before arriving in Australia.

I highly recommend that everyone call to confirm all travel details. It’s better to be safe than sorry, especially for long haul flights. You should check that connections are correct and enquire about schedule arrangement like we did. If you want to book your flights months in advance and pay in convenient instalments whilst you save, use STA Travel and make sure you look for flights containing the ‘Blue Ticket’.

Let us know where you book your flights to and add #writtenfrom to your pictures so that we can keep up with your adventures.


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