This week we’re helping Jade who’s after a group trip to Krakow in Poland.
- From London
- 3 nights
- 7 people
I love a group trip as more people means more people to split the cost by!
I also chose this holiday hotline because I thought it would perfectly show just how amazing Google Flights can be when you have a place in mind but you can be a little bit flexible on your dates.
3 nights is also the perfect amount of time to hook a getaway around a weekend so that you don’t have to use up too much annual leave.
Top tip for weekend trips:
A lot of people are looking for that Sunday flight back but by moving the trip back one day and getting the Monday flight home, you can save money and you’re often taking the same amount of time off work!
So first things first, let’s head to Google Flights and most importantly change your passengers to the correct number as there may only be a few tickets left at the lower price you find.
(The eagle eyed of you will spy in the screenshots that it’s for one but this is just as it’s the only way to reflect cost per person!)
Next, pop in where we’re leaving from and where we’re going to.
Next, click on the date box and change your desired trip duration at the bottom. Here, I’ve changed it to 3 days for Jade and her mates.
Now, that seems pretty straight forward but actually, things get even more helpful on the next page so for now just click some dates. Any dates, it doesn’t matter.
By doing this, you’ll see the cheapest flights possible for that day but what if you don’t want an evening flight?
And I bet you deffo don’t want that 6am flight home.
Meaning that your £33 return flight could quickly become more expensive.
And what if the flight times you actually want could be cheaper on another day?
Can you search for that?
The good news is, yes you can.
So, the next thing you’re going to do is select the ‘Times’ button and decide what times you’d ideally like to leave between, and then do the same for your return journey.
For Jade, I’m actually going to keep in a later departure so that it cuts down on annual leave needed getting to Krakow, however I am going to get rid of that 2050 flight option because I think that gets in just a tad too late.
For the return I’m also going with a later flight so that they can make the most of their last day but make sure it arrives home before 2200 so that most public transport is still up and running.
After doing this, go back to the calendar and you’ll see that the prices will have updated to reflect your needs.
You may need to change the length of your trip again at the bottom.
Now, I’m in a great place to look for a cheap price that hooks around a weekend and within a few clicks, I find this great price in March.
The 1950 departure time means that most people, if working in Central London, would only need to take half a day off work or nothing at all if they’ve got a nice boss who will let them leave just before 5pm!
Wizz Air only includes a small piece of hand luggage but I’m a firm believer in that being more than enough for a weekend away! Plus, if you’re travelling in a group you could split a suitcase between you to pop some extra liquids in.
As I’m searching for 7 people for Jade, here’s what the final cost looks like on Google Flights.
Which indeed works out at £48 each.
Before clicking through, always check your flights on Skyscanner as it can often find cheaper prices as it searches more third party companies.
The flights are showing up the same price but hilariously, Skyscanner are throwing in an even cheaper option with Ryanair for £43 return.
However, as it’s flying from and returning to different airports AND I have a way to save more money on Wizz Air, I’m going to stick with what I found on Google Flights and click through to book direct with the airline.
How to save more money on Wizz Air flights
By signing up to the Wizz Discount Club, you’ll get access to loads of perks.
And two types of membership are available:
The great news for Jade is that she can buy the group membership for £69 and it will save her £108 across 6 tickets – so the membership has instantly paid for itself and, once we’ve added in one remaining full price ticket, brings the cost in at £42.43 each for 7 people.
Even better is that the membership will last Jade a year and as she’s the only one named on the account, she can go away with a group of totally different people and still use the discount – or just use the discount for herself.
To buy this membership, Jade just needs to change the amount of tickets to six passengers and then click on the ‘WIZZ Discount Club Price’.
She’ll then be able to buy membership on the same screen.
Jade then just needs to buy the last ticket at the full price cost.
Right, that’s enough flight chat, let’s move onto accomodation.
IMAGINE IF I CAN’T FIND ANY AFTER ALL THAT.
No, positive thoughts Chelsea, positive thoughts.
For this I’m definitely thinking an apartment or house but instead of hopping straight to Airbnb, I’m going to go to HomeToGo instead.
HomeToGo is to holiday homes like what Trivago is to hotels.
It pulls in homes from loads of different sites, including Airbnb, and whilst isn’t always the slickest websites (sometimes listings aren’t available) I do like the range of choice it offers.
Too many Airbnb results being shown? Select ‘Balcony/Patio’ or ‘Garden’ in your search filters as Airbnb doesn’t have this option and therefore all will leave the listings. However, you will only get listings with those amenities but I always love to have a balcony so this is a plus for me!
For Jade, I’m searching for a place that has at least 4 rooms so that 7 people won’t feel too cramped!
I’m also using the map to search for a spot in Central Krakow.
As the flights were so cheap there’s enough budget left for accommodation to cost £483 a night but I reckon we can get something much cheaper!
Here’s the best that I found.
£129 a night / £55.29 each
The dining area may not be big enough for everyone but with 4 bedrooms (though one has a sofa bed), 2 bathrooms and two sofa areas, it’s not bad for £55 quid each!
£164.67 a night / £70.57 each for 3 nights
Not used Airbnb before? Get £25 off your first stay here!
THIS PLACE IS SO BIZARRE AND I FACKIN’ LOVE IT.
Just look at the floor plan 🤣
It will be so wrong for most groups but if you were away with a group of close mates and wanted a posh and trendy sleepover, WHAT A PLACE!
I mean, it has a sauna?!??? But only one bathroom?
WAS SOMEONE OFF THEIR TITS WHEN THEY DESIGNED THIS?!!!
£217 a night / £93 each for 3 nights
Not used Airbnb before? Get £25 off your first stay here!
What I liked about this place is not only did it have 5 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms, but it also had two social spaces and a table that actually fits all the people Jade wants to go away with!
House of Loft Affair
2 apartments x 1 bed apartments
£337.16 a night / £144.71 each for 3 nights
These apartments are GORGEOUS and they’ve got big social spaces.
Yet, for people not to be on sofa beds in the living rooms, Jade would need to book this instead.
House of Loft Affair
2 x 2 bedroom apartments
£529 a night / £227 each for 3 nights
Jade will need to select the Palace House and the Pent House.
Now this is slightly over budget but if Jade is looking for something a bit luxe, then this is it!
The final cost
So, going with the cheapest option, Jade and her mates could get away to Krakow for 3 nights for just £97.72 each.
Meaning that the extra £150 can be used for spends.
GET THE BEERS IN, SON.
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