Tuesday, 15 September 2015

Booking Flights For Your 2016 Stag Party

If you are thinking of going abroad next year for your stag do then read on people as important news is in.

Easyjet and Ryanair have released their flights all the way up to June 2016.

"So why is this big news?"

Good question my laddie, most stag parties use Ryanair and Easyjet as their prices are low and they offer loads of routes.

The norm with flight seats especially low cost and scheduled airlines is they sell their cheapest seats first:

For example:

The first 1 -  20 seats = £25.00 per seat
20 - 49 seats = £35.00 per seat
 50 - 75 seats = £75.00 per seat

and so on...

We also currently have a very strong pound bringing down continental airport taxes which will also help bring down your ticket.

All this contributes to low seat prices, so booking your stag do early really down make sense.

The only downside is that you need to book and pay in full for all your flight seats, so that means you will need everyone's first and surnames all spelt correctly (matches their passport).

Steve usually = Stephen / Steven

By the way Spud is not a real name!

If you have a large group of mates you will need to be very organised as you don't want to be paying for maybes or people who say they are going to go and drop out leaving you with an unwanted flight.

Word of caution

Do not pay for a seat for someone you do not know or is known to be flaky (unreliable), the reason for this is airlines stick to their booking conditions like glue.

Especially Low Cost Airlines*, as apparently they make a lot of their money through the added extras and booking fees, for example if someone drops out and you have a replacement, there is a name change fee.

According to their website, Ryanair Charge £110 each way** so for a return journey that's £220.00! It may be cheaper just to book another flight seat, so check online first, these details can be found here on the Ryanair website.

Easyjet on the other hand currently take a different route (no pun intended) on name changes and charge:

Name Change Fee  - £35.00 each way**

PLUS

The difference between the price of the flight seat when you booked it and the current price, so if your flight cost £100 and it's now £150.00, you will also be charged the difference (£50.00).

So the theoretical cost to change the name would be £35.00 x 2  name change fee (charge each way) + £50 flight price difference = £120.00

You can find out more details on the Easyjet's website.

There is another way

If you don't think you can get your stag group's act together there is another way, book your flight with a scheduled airline*** and use their group department.

Providing you have over 10 people in your group the terms are much more flexible with small deposits (can be as little as £5 per seat), you don't have to pay the balance until approximately 6 weeks before you travel and the names are not due until a couple of weeks before.****

ALTERNATIVELY
Book your flight inclusive stag do package through DesignaVenture. They will handle all this for you with ease, making your break abroad hassle free. DesignaVenture are also ATOL protected - our ATOL number is 6596.


*Low cost airlines is a generic term for airlines such as Easyjet, Ryanair, Jet2, Flybe, Wizz Air etc. 

**This fee is based on changing the name online, if you make the changes at the airport or over the telephone the price is higher.

*** Scheduled airlines include British Airways, Air France, KLM etc.

****Each airline's terms and conditions vary, as with all travel booking please make sure you understand the terms and conditions before you book.

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