Travel Tips

Best time to Book a flight and travelling

  • According to research from Expedia, travellers can make up to 50 onlines searches booking a flight.
  • If you are after a flight to Europe, keep an eye out for the sweet deals that pop up during the early-bird season. This is usually in August and travel agents and airlines will go out of their way to undercut each other.There is also another early -bird season in February, where more promotional fares are released for other destinations.
  • A good way to catch these deals in advance is to subscribe to airline newsletters and follow them on social media - they will often be offered to loyal subscribes first.Travel agents often know what sales are coming up.
  • When it comes to international travel, book on Sunday and avoid Friday-broadly, the best day of the week for NewZealand-based travellers to book international economy airfares is Sunday. However, you should not fly out on a Sunday-Thursday was found to be the best day to start an international journey.
  • As for the best time of year to book, NewZealand travellers paid the highest international economy airfares in September(based on date of booking) and the lowest in January. Domestic flights are also best booked on Sunday, while Monday should be avoided. Again, Sunday is not the best day to fly out with Saturday found to be preferable day to leave for your domestic trip. We paid the highest domestic economy airfares in November and the lowest in January.
  • "Kiwis are born travellers who are happy to hunt a bargain. Booking early is one key way to save as is being flexible about when and where you travel. Shifting your departure date by one day may be an easy way to keep more money in your pocket ," said Demi Kavaratzis, director of tours and transport for Expedia Australia and NewZealand.

Cautionary notes for travellers

  • Do not write your address on luggage tag. Drug paddlers and other criminals may secretly stash their goods and loot in your luggage. If you clear immigration, they will go to your address to get from you. If you fail immigration check, say good bye to freedom as you sit behind bars. So just indicate contact number and email. If luggage missing, airline would call/email you when found.
  • Do not leave boarding pass as rubbish in the passenger seat. Criminals can scan the QR code to get your full name and other details. And can even steal your mileage points etc. Please be forewarned.

Trips for travelling with young children

Travelling abroad with young children can be challenging at the best of times Even if you have a brood of the most well-behaved children in tow. There’s always the risk that something may go wrong accident,An illness, a costly mistake that will ruin the family holiday.Will Ashcroft, chief sales officer for insurer Allianz worldwide Partners NEW ZEALAND.says falling ill,closely followed by accident Are the most common reasons for claims made by families with Young children.

“we receive claims every year relating to children who fall ill overseas / typically cold and flu, Stomach related issues or ear infection,” he says. “We recommended you don’t clean your teeth with tap water, do sterilise bottles extensively, and know where your nearest medical centre is in case you need assistance,”

All though you can’t always prevent illness or accidents, there are some easy way to help prepare your family for an overseas trip.

Three months out , or when booking.

  • Ask your doctor whether your family needs any specific vaccines for your planned holiday destination, and monitor your kids to ensure they don’t fall sick before travelling.
  • Look out for any fun and useful travel accessories. Such as ride on suitcases or airplane cushions that bridge the gap between the seat in front of you. Giving you a small single bed for your little ones to lie flat on.
  • Work out if you need to purchase any specific clothing before hand, eg long sleeves to protect against mosquitos.
  • Organise identity bracelets(and medical alert bracelets if required).
  • Purchase travel insurance and read the policy wording carefully.

Two weeks beforehand

  • Locate important information for your travel destination, such as medical services, emergency phone numbers and supermarkets to buy essentials such as nappies save these(and share with your partner) so you both have easy access via your smartphones.
  • Load your ipad with apps that will keep children entertained while in transit.
  • Register your travel plans at govt.nz
  • Make photocopies of your passports to take with you.

The day before

  • Double check your baggage allowance including the allowance for any connecting flights on budget airlines. Weight your luggage if you think you may be over, as there’s nothing worse than being surprised with a baggage charge before you even depart.
  • If you are flying long-haul, you may like to bring a couple of treats for attendants and fellow travellers seated next to your kids, to start the journey on a positive note.

The day of

  • Some flights allow you to take fresh and dried food on flights(such as sandwiches, bananas, raisins and crackers), and liquids as long as they don’t exceed 100 ml per container. If you’re allowed to take these with you pack lots of healthy snacks including fruit as this will keep hunger at day. To avoid breaking any bio-security laws, don’t forget to discard any uneaten fresh snacks at the end of the flight or declare them before you go through customs.
  • Leave plenty of time to get to the airport, and through customs- even if they have special lanes for families it may take longer than you expect to clear custom with your kids.