Cheap flights: The 5 best airline sales right now as British Airways, Flybe, Monarch and easyJet go head to head

America, France and sizzling hipster favourite Australia have been revealed as the top destinations to kick start a year abroad.

The study by Gatwick airport, uncovered 60% of the top 10 destinations for a gap year are far flung, with the most in vogue unsurprisingly being the USA, Australia, Thailand and India.

Japan, meanwhile, is a new favourite this year, having not made the top 10 in the last five years.

If you’re planning a gap year abroad – or trip over the next 12-months, you can view our pick of the best flight deals this year below – starting from £24.99 to Paris. We’ve also thrown in some summer 2016 deals – ideal for the family.

For late deals – and winter sun, here are our favourite last minute deals. For more ways to save on your break, see our cheap holidays guides.

5 last minute holiday deals

Long haul getaways

  • Toronto & New York – Book by July 31 to grab this five-night room-only Hayes & Jarvis trip in February 2017 from £599pp. It includes Heathrow flights, connecting flights, two nights at Toronto’s Courtyard Hotel and three nights at New York’s Paramount Hotel.
  • Thailand – The Old Phuket Karon Beach resort is close to the beach and has a vast swimming pool. A seven-night B&B deal costs £595pp for Gatwick departures September 1 to October 31.
  • Orlando – Get 14 nights room only at the three-star Ramada Gateway in Kissimmee close to the Disney parks, from £649pp. Flights depart from Gatwick on August 24.
  • Alicante – Escape for three nights’ B&B at the three-star NH Rambla de Alicante from £250pp, flying from Newcastle on July 26.
  • Italy – Contiki has cut £280 off the cost of its eight-day Italian Espresso tour for 18 to 35-year-olds. Travelling by coach from London, you’ll visit Rome, Florence and Venice, for £655pp. Hotel B&B, three dinners and all sightseeing is included, departing July 30.
  • Valencia – Visit this pretty Spanish resort and get a city & beach break in one,from £199pp. Flying from East Midlands on July 30, you stay four nights room-only at the four-star Senator Parque Central Hotel.

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