If you’re planning a major holiday sometime in the near future, but you want to save on flights, there are a number of things you can do to minimise the damage to your wallet. Top of the list is to travel at the cheapest times; the price of flights can vary a great deal depending on the month, the day, and even time of day you fly, with weekends often more expensive. Another thing you can do is plan to travel in low season, avoiding peak times of the year. For example, avoid the Mediterranean during July and August, Florida during the winter months, and major holidays such as Christmas and Easter virtually everywhere. Flying indirectly to a destination can also save you money, but only if you have the time to spare; you could even build in a stopover to ease your jet lag, while adding another destination to explore to your trip. Mixing up your flights can also save money, such as using different airlines for different legs, or mixing flight classes, such as flying a short leg in economy and a longer one in premium economy or business. You can also choose to fly from an airport which is further away from your destination. London is a great example of this, with three airports including Gatwick, Heathrow and London City to choose from, and nearby Luton to the north as a possible option. The only thing here, however, is to check the cost of getting to an alternative airport by train or bus as it may end up costing you more overall. Other ways to save on flights including signing up for deals, checking LuxuryHolidayBargains.com.au regularly for new deals, and taking advantage of companion fares with airlines when they arise. On board, if you happen to be flying in economy, these days you can often BYO your own food, which can offer savings as well as a healthier way to eat. And when it comes to luggage, if you are flying with a budget airline or in economy, pack light and make sure you weigh your luggage before you leave home; if your bag is over the limit, you may have to pay hefty excess fees. Another thing you can do is pick an airline which doesn’t charge for baggage, or has a generous check-in allowance, or take carry on bags only.