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How to cut costs on summer holidays

23rd March 2017
cut costs on summer holidays

Starting to plan your summer 2017 getaway? We’ve got some super money-saving tips to help you cut costs on summer holidays, thanks to the help of online voucher code and money saving website, My Voucher Codes…

 

Dates

  • Travelling over school and public holidays will cost more. Peak season dates also have price increases.
  • If you don’t have children, travel in term time and just before or after high season. Most places and attractions will be open but it will be cheaper and quieter.
  • Keep a check on prices before you book, sign up to airline and travel websites to be alerted to the best deals.
  • Use myvouchercodes.co.uk for discounts when booking.


DIY or Package Holidays?

There are ways you can save when booking either DIY trips or package holidays.

DIY Holidays 

  • Use flight comparison sites such as Skyscanner.net to view the cheapest options. They show available fares on or around your chosen dates.
  • Don’t book direct flights; you pay extra for the convenience of flying without any stops or layovers. Flights with one or more stops are often cheaper.
  • Fly mid-week to cut costs. Early or late afternoon flights are cheapest.
  • Book early. Prices rise as seats get filled up.
  • Look at only taking hand luggage to save on the cost of checking a bag.
  • When searching for accommodation, use comparison sites to find the best deals for hotels.
  • Stay just outside of popular tourist areas for cheaper accommodation.
  • Sites such as Airbnb offer great accommodation in sought after locations at a reduced rate and are often much cheaper than hotels.
  • Renting apartments or villas can offer better value for money, especially if traveling as a group.

Package Holidays

  • Travel dates and times can be more restricted with package holidays.
  • But you can still save money by booking just out of season and during term time.
  • Always look online before booking to find the cheapest prices, then ask for the deal in store or over the phone with travel agents.
  • Book in advance as flights and accommodation get booked up quickly, and as they do, prices rise throughout the year.
  • Or if you’re not too bothered about your destination or accommodation, book last minute for deals for some savings.
  • Use transfers supplied by travel companies; the cost is included into the price of your holiday.
  • Watch your weight – don’t go over your luggage allowance or you will be charged.
  • If you’re travelling as a family try all-inclusive options to save money on meals out and drinks as well as free activities.
  • If you have young children, look for accommodation with kids clubs.

cut costs on summer holidays


Travel and Parking

    • Airport shuttles can be expensive, look for cheaper routes and fares.
    • Public transport can be more affordable, but usually takes longer. Look at using Uber or Lyft instead of airport taxis.
    • Use comparison sites for the best airport parking deals such as Holidayextras.co.uk or Parkbcp.co.uk


At the Airport

  • Take your own food and snacks instead of buying expensive food in the airport to avoid paying a premium on your flight.
  • Check approved lists showing what foods and amounts are permitted on your flight.
  • Take an empty water bottle and fill it up once past security.


Additional Tips

  • Ensure you book with ABTA registered companies.
  • Pay by credit card; you’re covered by ‘section 75’ of the Consumer Credit Act if something goes wrong.
  • Buy travel insurance that covers cancellations once you have booked. Read all the small print and disclose all health issues.
  • If travelling in Europe, apply for a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC). They allow you to receive free or reduced price treatment in Europe.
  • Use comparison sites to get the best deals for your travel money.
  • Use pre-paid travel credit cards for ease and convenience.

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16 comments

fashionmommy 27th March 2017 at 10:33 am

I use my voucher codes all the time, yet never think to use them when booking a holiday.

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LaurettaCWright 27th March 2017 at 11:05 am

I don’t think many people think to do so..

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Amy Hunt 25th March 2017 at 4:31 pm

Me and my partner sat down last night to make sure 100% we’re not booking one this year. Glad I didn’t see this first I’d have changed my mind in a heart beat. I need to save some money though 😀

Thanks for the tips, might see if I can convince the OH.

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LaurettaCWright 26th March 2017 at 9:31 pm

Best of luck Amy! And thank you!

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Crystal 25th March 2017 at 2:07 pm

This is really great advice to follow. I wish it didn’t cost so much at times to travel.

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LaurettaCWright 25th March 2017 at 2:35 pm

Yes I agree!

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Becca 24th March 2017 at 10:51 am

There’s some great advice here! I always do so much research before booking my trips!

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LaurettaCWright 24th March 2017 at 2:34 pm

Yes me too – it’s worth it isn’t it?

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Donna Ashworth 24th March 2017 at 10:18 am

Brilliant advice! it can be really confusing trying to book a holiday, there are just so many sites now!

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LaurettaCWright 25th March 2017 at 2:24 pm

Thanks Donna – that’s true!

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Sandeep 24th March 2017 at 10:09 am

Love your tips! Another one worth mentioning is using Quidco to get a bit of cashback 🙂

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LaurettaCWright 24th March 2017 at 2:34 pm

That’s a good one too – thanks for the comment!

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Sarah Bailey 23rd March 2017 at 11:21 pm

These are some amazing tips, it is worrying how much going on holiday can cost you especially when you are travelling over the summer months.

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LaurettaCWright 23rd March 2017 at 11:46 pm

Thanks Sarah – glad you found it helpful!

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MELANIE EDJOURIAN 23rd March 2017 at 9:53 pm

I’m a bit stuck with the dates for the time being as I have three little ones. We d always take some snacks to the airport although I love to try and get a meal there if it is lunch time as it adds to the excitement.

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LaurettaCWright 23rd March 2017 at 9:58 pm

Yes definitely adds to the excitement!

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