When Easyjet and Ryanair release their summer 2021 flights

Our travel experts are here to answer your questions about booking flights online. And one of the questions that we are currently asked most is: “When will Easyjet and Ryanair release their summer 2021 flights?”

Neither airline displays this information on its website – you either have to experiment by clicking on various dates or you can sign up to their email newsletters. Ryanair displays some months on its website – but when visitors try to book on those dates it merely shows the flights as unavailable with no further explanation. At least Easyjet saves you the bother by not displaying the months.

To find more details, see When are Easyjet summer 2021 flights released? and When are Ryanair summer 2021 flights released?

You can also use this site to find answers to a range of questions about booking flights online. We tell you how far in advance to book flights to get the best fares, and the best day of the week to book flights in order to get the lowest prices.

You may be surprised by the results. For example, did you know that some fares are cheaper in the evening than in the morning, or that flying on a Tuesday is generally cheaper than flying on a Wednesday or Thursday? Also, if you are quoted a fare in December it may be worth waiting until early January because it may be discounted.

There are a number of ways that consumers can be tripped up booking flights online. Many people are unaware that if they book a flight and accommodation separately their holiday is not protected. So if something goes wrong – for example, the airline goes bust or the hotel closes unexpectedly – they won’t get a full refund. Nor can they expect to be repatriated in the event of a disaster (such as the coronavirus or the Iceland volcano cloud).

The answer is to book a package holiday, and this can be a good idea if you’re travelling to a popular destination for 7 or 14 nights. In some cases the whole package will not be much more expensive than the price of the flights. Normally, when you book a package holiday, it will be protected in law, so long as your tour operator has an ATOL or is part of a similar protection scheme. You will also get a complete refund if the holiday company goes bust, and if there is a problem with a flight or hotel, they will find you an alternative.

Previously, you would only get this protection if you bought flights and accommodation or car hire as part of a package. But from April 2012 the law changed so that you’re covered if you buy both elements from the same company within a 24 hour period.

If you’re booking flights with airlines such as Ryanair you will be hit with a premium to pay by credit card. However, it’s a good idea to swallow this extra cost, because – providing the total paid is £100 or more – this gives you extra added protection. Under the Consumer Credit Act, the card issuer is equally liable if something goes wrong, so if the airline goes bust it will provide a full refund of your flights. See our frequently asked questions about Ryanair.

Our experts will continue to add useful articles to this website, and to provide answers to your queries. Subjects covered will be include how to get the best deals from charter airlines, and full-service airlines and how to get upgrades. You can contact us with your questions.

* Mark Hodson is a Sunday Times Travel writer and co-founder of 101 Holidays and 101 Honeymoons.


When are Ryanair summer 2021 flights released?

Ryanair may be among the cheapest – and most successful – airlines in Europe but it doesn’t always make it easy for its passengers to book. Its website is notoriously painful to navigate with excessive pages to click through, poor explanations and “Captcha” codes that are impossible to decipher. It’s also easy to find yourself paying for extras you weren’t expecting.

But one of the biggest gripes among customers is not knowing when its flights go on sale. Many people ask us: “When are Ryanair’s summer 2021 flights released?”.

Ryanair normally releases its flights five or six months ahead. But because of the coronavirus pandemic, you can currently book up to 27 March 2021.

Although the Ryanair website has been made a lot more user-friendly in recent months, there is no page where you can find out when the flights will be released.

Why does Ryanair make this so difficult? The cynical answer is that it wants you to download its app, sign up for its email newsletters or follow it on Facebook.

You can find its Facebook page here.

If you go to the bottom of the homepage and click on “Register for Offers”, you will go to the signup page where the benefits are listed, starting with “Be the first to know when seat sales are released”.

The downside with signing up for the newsletter is that you may be bombarded with emails trying to sell you travel insurance, hotels, car hire and so on.

Find out more about Ryanair.

What about Easyjet flights in 2021?


When are Easyjet 2021 summer flights released?

Easyjet has released its flights for winter 2020 / 2021. So you can currently book up to 28 February 2021. It is thought that its summer 2021 flights will be released in September 2020, though that could change because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Booking early on airlines such as Easyjet and Ryanair ensures you get the best possible deals, as tranches of tickets are sold in price bands. The cheapest flights sell first, finally leaving the most expensive. Getting the lowest fares means knowing when the flight schedules will be released and getting on the website as early as possible.

Airlines such as British Airways allow passengers to book exactly a year in advance, which makes things easy for those who can plan ahead. But no-frills airlines like Ryanair and Easyjet release their summer fares and winter fares in blocks, usually twice a year.

Easyjet, for examples, releases its summer flights for the following year in October of the current year. However, it doesn’t confirm in advance what date the flights will be on sale. It is keen that you will sign up to its email mailing list – known as eOffers – to find out. In this way, it can sell you lots more add-ons such as insurance, car hire and hotels.

When you register with the Easyjet website you will see at the bottom of the page an op-out marketing paragraph. This is a bit confusing.

It says: “From time to time we may contact you with details of special offers and promotions about products and services of interest to you and your family, or to ask you to help us improve our service through customer research.”

You might be tempted to untick that box, but if you do you won’t receive details of when flights are released. So unfortunately you have to leave it unticked, and look forward to getting lots of other irrelevant email.


How far in advance should you book flights?

By Mark Hodson, Sunday Times travel writer

How far in advance should you book flights to get the best fares? In the case of no-frills airlines such as EasyJet and Ryanair, the answer is simple: as early as possible. As soon as blocks of flights go sale, the cheapest fares start to get snapped up. If you leave it too late, you’ll be left with the most expensive tickets.

With full service airlines and flag-carriers, it’s more complicated, as airlines are known to move prices up and down – whether manually or by computer program – in order to maximise ticket sales at the highest possible prices. That means that prices can come down at certain times, including at particular times of the day and week.

An economist, Makoto Watanabe, claims to have calculated that 8 weeks beforehand is the best time to book. Writing in the Economic Journal, he also said that airline tickets are cheaper when bought in the afternoon, rather than in the morning. He suggested this may be because airlines have found that high-spending business travellers book their tickets at work in the morning on the company account, while leisure travellers tend to book from home in the afternoon or evening.

This might not hold true for a Ryanair flight to Malaga, but it can be true if you are flying long haul to America, Australia or Asia, particularly to big hubs such as New York, Sydney and Singapore.

There are other factors to consider. Airlines usually release fare discounts at certain times of year, such as early January. This means that a fare that might cost £550 in December could now be on sale at £449.

Airlines also experiment with price movements. They might release some cancelled seats into the market at a high price. If they don’t sell at that price, they may slash the fare.

All this means that if you want to save money, it’s worth checking and re-checking flights at different times of day, and on different days of the week. But don’t get greedy: if you find a good fare then you may want to snap it up before it disappears.

You should also remember that if you are flying at a peak time of year, such as August or over Christmas, it is unlikely that the fare will drop significantly as the airline knows it can sell that seat. With these tickets you should usually book as early as possible.


Best day of the week to book flights

What is the best day of the week to book flights with EasyJet, Ryanair and other airlines? As you might expect, the lowest fares can be found on weekdays when fewer people are travelling. No-frills airlines are particularly popular with leisure travellers, who favour weekends. Business travellers tend to travel in the week.

According to research by Which? magazine, Tuesday is the best day for outbound flights from the UK. Its researchers studied 1,174 flights in September to three destinations in Europe – Alicante, Barcelona and Dublin.

The most expensive days of the week for outbound flights are Friday and Saturday on British Airways, Friday on EasyJet and Sunday on Ryanair.

For return flights, Sunday works out as the most expensive day to fly. The lowest fares could be found on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.

A spokesman from Trailfinders also confirmed that Tuesday is the best day for lowest fares on long-haul flights. Some airlines flying to the US charge a supplement of around £20 each way if you travel between Friday and Sunday.

So if you want to go away for a week, fly Tuesday to Tuesday, and if you want a two-night break in Europe – and you aren’t tied to weekends – try Tuesday to Thursday. If you must travel on weekends, book as early as possible.

What kind of price differences can you expect? Which? found the differences between the lowest and highest fares were 35 – 45%, so it’s well worth it.

Note: it can sometimes work out cheaper if you stay away for a Saturday night. A good travel agent or flights specialist such as Trailfinders will be able to advise you on this.

Is it cheaper to fly at any particular time of day? Absolutely, yes. The researchers found that EasyJet’s most pricey outbound flights were in the morning between 5.45am and 11.50am. The most expensive return flights were between 2pm and 3.55pm.

On British Airways you can save by flying before breakfast, and returning late in the evening. It was found that 86% of its lowest outbound fares were before 7.30am and 86% of its cheapest return flights were in the evening. The difference was as much as 52%.