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Tips issued to Brits travelling for Christmas

23 January 2009 17:53

Tips issued to Brits travelling for Christmas

British holidaymakers have been advised to travel at unsociable hours and avoid peak travel days if they hope to beat the rush this Christmas.

According to, tourists should book early morning or late night flights and avoid departing on December 19th, 20th and 21st - last year the weekend before Christmas was the busiest time to travel.

The flight comparison website also urged travellers to fly from smaller, regional airports to take advantage of shorter queues and cheaper parking.

By avoiding the rush, travellers will be able to save a significant amount of their travel costs, meaning that there really is no excuse not to take out holiday insurance. Those thinking of hitting the slopes this Christmas should consider investing in ski insurance.

Nadine Hallak, a travel expert for Cheapflights, explained that the joy of Christmas can often be ruined by "airport crowds and hiked up prices".

"With a few tricks, you can turn this chore into a joy and pay half price on your plane tickets while you’re at it," she added.

With thousands of Brits expecting to travel overseas for Christmas and the New Year, the US cities of New York, Orlando and Las Vegas will be among the most popular destinations, according to