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Insider Tips To Save Up To £2,000 On Your 2018 Holiday!

by LaurettaCWright
Save Up To £2,000 On Your 2018 Holiday!

As the summer holidays rapidly approach, we can (finally) start looking forward to our annual getaway – at home or abroad.

I don't know about you, but a huge bugbear of mine is when holiday companies dramatically increase their prices when it's the summer holidays.

I can almost hear every parent in the country cursing the tour operators as they come to compare prices and book their long-awaited summer family holiday.

It even prompted me to write this blog post at one point, which highlighted the travel companies bucking the trend to REDUCE summer holiday prices. There is a god!

But wouldn't it be great if you had a list of money-saving tips in your arsenal to save you up to £2,000 on your summer holiday? Now you do…read on for Insider Tips To Save Money On Your 2018 Holiday!

Car hire

According to travel money specialist FairFX, the hire of car seats for kids costs an average of £70 per week –  each! With many airlines letting you bring them for no extra charge, you might as well do that. Better still, buy inflatable car seats that won't take up much room – I found one for just £26.99 on Amazon.

Bringing your own sat nav from home can also save you money, with a rented sat nav costing an average of £80 for a week.

Other ‘extras’ to look out for include an Extra Driver, Super Damage Waiver, Super Theft Waiver and Tyre and Windscreen excess cover.

The best bet is to use a car rental comparison site like Holiday Cars, which compares rates from more than 800 different suppliers.

Possible saving: More than £22.


Another insider tip to save money is to choose your airport wisely says FairFX, with new research revealing that flights for a family of four travelling to Cyprus come in at £480 cheaper by flying from London Luton instead of London Stansted; £365 cheaper if you travel from Leeds Bradford instead of the East Midlands, and £153 cheaper if you travel from Edinburgh than Glasgow2.

With average savings of £334 the cost of fuel or trains could be offset by the big savings you could make by travelling from an alternative airport.

Example saving: £334

Flight times

If travelling in the middle of the day isn’t a deal-breaker to you, take advantage of the savings on night flights.

Research revealed the cheapest return for a family of four between Luton and Palma, Mallorca was £380 less for a night flight than flights on the same day between 10am and 4pm.

This is easier with older kids of course – and it's a novelty for them to stay up super late, but beware if you have toddlers or young babies who are easily upset by a shift in their routine.

Example saving: Up to £380

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Book parking in advance

Did you know that airport parking is so much more expensive if you turn up on the day than if you'd booked online in advance?

A week of parking at ‘on the day’ prices in Luton is £385 but booking in advance gives you an early bird price of £53.99 – a massive saving of £330!

At Leeds Bradford airport the saving is £166, making an average saving of £249.

There's another way of saving money for airport parking and it's called JustPark. In fact, you can use it for most places where it's difficult to park – hospitals, stadiums, high streets etc..

I always book JustPark when I go on holiday as it saves me an arm and a leg (up to 70% cheaper than on-street parking), and I actually now use it to rent out my driveway!

If you're interested in using it, I'm offering £5 off your first booking that you can use!

Average saving: £350+


When you're flying with a low-cost airline, it pays to pre-pay for extra luggage if you’re likely to exceed your baggage allowance as the price increases dramatically if you pay at the check-in desk.

For example, Tui charges £13 per kilo at the check in desk compared to £18 for 5kg in advance – a saving of £94 if you need 10kg more for your family. Similarly, Thomas Cook charges £10 per kilo at the airport and just £15 for 5kg if you book 30 days in advance, saving £70 on 10kg5.

Get yourself some luggage scales so you can get an accurate reading of your baggage – and double check if the kids get baggage allowance too.

Average saving: £82

Be flexible

Easier said than done – especially if you have school-age kids, but if you can be flexible with the dates that you travel it will save you a small fortune.

Families with pre-school kids can save so much by travelling in term time, but you can still find savings by being flexible with your date of travel.

As an example, flights for a family of 4 from Manchester to Faro were £304 cheaper on Tuesday 7 August than on Friday 3 August. And incidentally, Tuesday evening flights tend to offer the best prices overall.

Possible saving: £304

Bring a picnic! 

British Airways' M&S sarnies can cost up to £4.95 each, along with crisps at £1.15 and Percy Pigs sweets at £2 a packet. Add in a few baccies at £1.20 per KitKat and an inflight ‘snack' will cost £30 – and that's even before you've thought about drinks.

Whenever I've got a flight coming up – work or personal – I'll always visit somewhere like B&M Stores, Wilko or Poundland to pick up a few snacks and avoid the ridiculous airport prices.

Most people assume that they can't avoid paying for water on the airside, but there's a sneaky way of doing so that you might not have thought about.

Most airports have water fountains, so you could always take along an empty water bottle and fill it up once you've cleared security.

In fact, the guys at APH have done all the hard work, revealing where the fountains can be found at major UK airports.

Example saving: £30

Get insured!

I can't stress the importance enough at getting travel insurance. Too many people take too many risks by not protecting themselves.

For full protection, you should book insurance as soon as you book your holiday; if your holiday is cancelled and you're not covered (until the day you fly), you could lose everything.

Also, shop around for travel insurance to get the best price; there are plenty of great deals to be had online. MoneySupermarket is a great place to start.

Saving: Cost of your whole holiday

Money exchange

Whatever you do, don't change money up at the airport – you will lose a significant amount this way (it's up to 19% more expensive!).

Think about using a currency card; it could mean an extra £190 worth of Euros for every £1,000 exchanged.

FairFX recommends setting up a currency email alert so you can buy when the rates are in your favour and lock in these great rates on a Prepaid Currency Card which you can use abroad without paying costly credit card charges.

Example saving £190

Do you have your own Insider Tips To Save On Your 2018 Holiday?

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Gerri Tennant 16th July 2018 - 7:38 am

What a really useful and interesting article. Some great tips that I will certainly bear in mind for our next foreign holiday. Thanks.

Cassandra D 29th June 2018 - 4:37 pm

I really like the great tips. Thank you.

LaurettaCWright 7th July 2018 - 9:41 pm


Karen Tee 10th June 2018 - 11:11 pm

Holidays are always so expensive! We haven’t had one for a couple of years but this year we got really lucky and won our flights!! With that cost cut, we were able to afford an appartment in Fuerteventura!

LaurettaCWright 11th June 2018 - 6:33 am

That’s fantastic news Karen – many congrats & enjoy Fuerteventura!

Hayley Atkins 8th June 2018 - 8:24 am

Some great tips here. I use the Easyjet Euro card which is SO much better and safer,than handling cash. I have been told that Caxton do a great currency card for other currencies.Having the prepaid card means I can top it up bit by bit and pay no charges,even for cash withdrawals abroad.

LaurettaCWright 10th June 2018 - 7:36 am

Great tip Hayley – thanks for leaving that! It will be really useful for people to know.

Adrian Bold 7th June 2018 - 11:34 pm

Some great tips here. Thanks for the article!

LaurettaCWright 11th June 2018 - 6:34 am

Thanks Adrian – glad you enjoyed!

Katie Simmonds 6th June 2018 - 5:27 pm

Some great tips here! I use FairFX to get my cash but use a Halifax Clarity credit card to pay for most things (and clear it in full straight away). No charges, best exchange rate, and saves carrying loads of cash around (although you can pull cash out on it!)

LaurettaCWright 6th June 2018 - 6:43 pm

That’s a great tip – thanks for this Katie….very useful!

bev 6th June 2018 - 2:32 pm

Some really great tips here.

Alica Hopkins 6th June 2018 - 12:02 pm

Some wonderful tips and tricks! Thank you, very informative 🙂

LaurettaCWright 6th June 2018 - 6:43 pm

Thanks Alica – hopefully you’ll be able to use one or two…

Kim Styles 2nd June 2018 - 5:16 pm

Some really good tips here. I am amazed at the different prices from London Luton and Stanstead. thank you !

LaurettaCWright 3rd June 2018 - 12:03 am

It’s just one to be aware of so at least you can do some comparisons and hopefully save some £££

Kara 1st June 2018 - 6:46 pm

Some great tips here! The only thing about taking a picnic is some airports won’t let you take food in

LaurettaCWright 3rd June 2018 - 12:02 am

That’s interesting Kara – I’ve never been stopped for having food – only drinks.

Bethany 1st June 2018 - 6:27 am

This advice is great. I suppose what’s scaring me is the money of the flight, extra travel costs, food, hotel and everything else. Although a friend said recently how cheap Norwegian airlines is, definitely persuading me to start looking into travelling.

LaurettaCWright 1st June 2018 - 6:41 am

You can use a comparison site like Momondo or MoneySupermarket to check flight prices and pay next to nothing for airbnb accommodation. Then you only have to worry about food – if you’re staying in airbnb, you can get to a supermarket to make your own meals so then there’s just the cost of sightseeing/visiting attractions, so it’s worth doing research online before you go – and it’s usually cheaper to book them online in advance – again, research online will help massively. Good luck Bethany!

Louise 31st May 2018 - 11:28 am

Ooh, these are all super handy tips. We never go abroad as it always seems so expensive, but if we could knock two grand off the price before getting started it might really help us to finally afford that dream trip 🙂

Louise x

LaurettaCWright 31st May 2018 - 1:31 pm

Ah – I hope you’ll be able to experience a holiday abroad soon Louise – best of luck…and use the tips! Lauretta

Kirsty Connor 31st May 2018 - 7:12 am

Great tips! Definitely love saving money!

LaurettaCWright 31st May 2018 - 8:29 am

Thanks Kirsty – hope they’ve helped!

Laura 31st May 2018 - 1:24 am

These are some really good tips, I am always looking for a bargain and some savings when it comes to travel and usually there are some to be made

Laura x

LaurettaCWright 31st May 2018 - 8:30 am

Thanks Laura – and definitely. If you’re savvy enough there are savings to be made on most things. My fave is the JustPark app though – has saved me soooo much money and not just at airports.

Lynne Harper 30th May 2018 - 7:20 pm

What a great post to help us save when planning a holiday. Our boats this year are crazy prices but its school holidays. We did save with booking eurocamp tho yay

LaurettaCWright 30th May 2018 - 7:50 pm

Eurocamp is great – I’m a big fan!

Laura Dove 29th May 2018 - 10:09 pm

Amazing tips! I want to take my family of 6 to Spain this summer so this is really helpful to think of ways we can save money! Holidays are so expensive!

LaurettaCWright 30th May 2018 - 1:40 pm

They really are. I should think about writing one long huge blog post on money saving tips for travel shouldn’t I?!

MELANIE EDJOURIAN 29th May 2018 - 7:43 pm

What a great post. Anything that helps save money on a holiday is useful to be aware of. I will try to use some of these.

LaurettaCWright 29th May 2018 - 8:10 pm

Hope it inspires you Melanie or gives you some ideas 🙂

Anosa 29th May 2018 - 12:58 pm

These are some fantastic tips on how to save more when going on holiday! I travel a lot, as shown on my blog, and I am always looking to save more money if I can.

LaurettaCWright 29th May 2018 - 8:14 pm

That’s great Anosa – hope some of them prove useful – thanks!

Alison Rost 29th May 2018 - 11:57 am

That’s a whole lot of savings! It’s really important that you make smart choices when it comes to flights and parking and all that so you have more money for your actual vacation.

LaurettaCWright 29th May 2018 - 8:16 pm

Exactly Alison – thanks. By watching the spending on the add-ons means that you can treat yourself on things that really matter.


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