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7 Holiday Hacks That Could Save You Money

Are you looking for your next holiday? With the colder weather setting in, most of us are dreaming of white sandy beaches, sun loungers and being far away from the cold British weather. Before you jump in at the deep end and book your next holiday, take a look at the 7 holiday hacks that could save you money on your next holiday below.

Be flexible

If you can be flexible with your destination and dates you will have more options and a better chance of finding a good deal. When choosing flights the evening is a cheaper time to fly. This does mean you might lose out on a few hours worth of your holiday so it won’t be ideal for a short break but it could help you save a lot of money so you will have to weigh up the pros and cons.

Book last minute

It makes sense that holiday companies want to fill all available spaces on their holidays, so if you choose to book a last minute holiday you can often bag yourself a bargain. When booking last minute you will have to consider things such as whether you need any vaccinations or a visa and if you would be able to get those before your trip. Why not take a look at last minute deals at holidaygems.co.uk if you’re looking for a last minute getaway.

Don’t be caught out by bank charges

Many holidaymakers are moving away from taking cash on holiday and are instead using their bank cards whilst abroad. This might seem like a simple solution but you can be caught out if you’re not careful. Some banks will charge a fee for withdrawing money abroad so check this prior to travelling in case you need to find an alternative. If your bank charges a fee there are several pre-paid cards which are free to use when abroad and offer good currency exchange rates.

Book out of season

This goes without saying, but if you are able to book out of season this will be the cheapest period for you to travel and will save you money compared with booking during peak season. If you want sun and sea you can still find a lot of destinations out of season which offer this.

Avoid airport parking

Unless airport parking is included in your holiday package you might be surprised at the cost, but there are a few tricks you can use to save yourself money. If you can get someone to take you to the airport or use public transport this would be the best and cheapest option. If that’s not possible why not check if the airport you’re travelling from has a nearby park and ride service, this will normally cost considerably less when compared to airport parking charges and many will offer a free shuttle service to the airport.

Clear your cookies

Now, this might sound strange. What do cookies have to do with booking a holiday? Well, some sneaky tactics are occasionally used by airlines to increase the price of flights. They use cookies which track your searches on their website and can then inflate the price of the flights if you search for the same seats or visit their website regularly. To ensure you’re getting the best possible price it’s advised to clear your cookies before doing another search or use private/incognito browsing when searching.

Use a cashback/voucher website and join loyalty schemes

Before you press confirm on your holiday why not check if there are any promotions running. A simple search on google will tell you if the company you’re booking with is offering any discount codes to save you money. You would be surprised at how quick and easy it is to find a code which could reduce the cost of your holiday. If you can’t find a discount code why not check to see if you can get cashback on your holiday through a cashback website. The main cashback websites to join are Quidco and TopCashback. Both of these websites offer cashback on purchases simply by clicking on their link to make your booking. It’s quick and free to sign up and any cashback you earn can be sent to your bank or PayPal account. It’s also worth joining any loyalty schemes you can such as those where you can earn air miles.

Another clever and simple way to save money on your holiday is by taking a look at voucher and promo code websites such as Voucher Britain which list valid money off vouchers and offers for travel websites such as Expedia.

Do you have any tips to help save money when booking a holiday?

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4 Comments

  • Reply
    Stephanie Merry
    October 20, 2017 at 10:29 am

    Love these tips, I always try and go on holiday out of season to save some money x

    • Reply
      Lindy
      October 23, 2017 at 10:52 am

      I do too Stephanie because the price difference can be staggering and the more spending money in our pockets the better! 🙂

  • Reply
    Claire
    October 20, 2017 at 6:38 pm

    Book out of season and cashback website for sure! I think if you book your tickets in tuesday mornings, that’s when the tickets are the cheapest. As a traveler, these tips are handy!

    • Reply
      Lindy
      October 23, 2017 at 10:50 am

      Wow, I didn’t know about booking on a Tuesday morning! That’s something I’m definitely going to look into because I will be booking some flights for next year soon. Thanks for the tip Claire 🙂

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