There’s still time to bag a travel bargain in the January 2017 sales

There’s no doubt that the quietest month of the year can also be the time to get the best deals

Georgina Wilson-Powell

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There’s still time to bag a travel bargain in the January sales for 2017.

While some might be sick of January already, there’s no doubt that the quietest month of the year can also be the time to get the best deals on flights, package tours and more – so let’s take a look.

Grab a cheap flight

Over at Etihad you can pick up a return flight to Manila (from Abu Dhabi) for AED3350 ($912) or head to Bangkok for even less – AED 3190 return. Those wanting to short haul to Beirut can pick up a return ticket for just over AED1200 – perfect for a quick long weekend to break up the post-New Year lull.

Until 7 February Virgin Atlantic is having a global sale with prices down as much as 45%. An economy flight in March to London through the sale costs just over AED2,000.

Emirates’ sale is on until 21 January and you can pick up cheap fares to India with a return to Mumbai starting at only AED850 return or Karachi starts at AED910 return. If you’re after a cheap weekend in Muscat, then the airline’s return flights start at AED700 before the end of the sale.

Qatar Airways has a ‘travel festival’ on until 16 January – so you’ll need to act fast – but you can save up to 35% on flights. A return to Sydney is on sale for AED3,200 while Miami is available for just under AED3,000. Plan your detox and de-stress escape with cheap flights to Bali – coming in around AED 1,690.

Also the airline is running a ‘fly and buy’ promotion. Book a ticket to Doha before 7 February (to fly in January or February) and the airline will give you 25% off either an economy or business seat. Now that’s worth knowing.

While British Airways doesn’t seem to be having a sale, you can pick up flights to London for AED995 each way or a flight to New York for AED3,000 which still seems like a good bargain.

Closer to home

But you also don’t need to check in and fly off to get a holiday bargain. There are plenty closer to home if you know where to look.

Book into any of Rotana’s properties in Yas Island or Abu Dhabi and get two tickets for Yas Waterworld and Ferrari World for free and 15% off when you dine at any of their outlets. Over at Hilton hotels in Ras Al Khaimah you can save up to 30% - double rooms at its Double Tree property are going for between AED200-300 in January and February – a total weekend bargain.

Families will be interested in a stay in the luxurious Conrad in Dubai where kids stay free, plus you receive AED100 for every child checked in, free transport to and from Dubai Mall and 20% off Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo, Dubai Ice Rink, Kidzania Dubai and Sega Republic Dubai tickets.

For something more romantic, stay in any of the Address properties in Dubai and get 15% off when you book for three or more nights (until end of August 2017).

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