By Mark Hodson
Flights on airlines such as Easyjet and Ryanair can be great value – providing you book a long time in advance. That means knowing when the flight schedules will be released and getting on their websites 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.
So, for example, Easyjet will release its summer 2015 flights sometime in October 2014. However, it won’t confirm exactly 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.
At present you can only see Easyjet flight schedules up to October 2014.
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.