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- 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.
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DIY or Package Holidays?
There are ways you can save when booking either DIY trips or package 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.
- 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.
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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.
- 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.