How to get a holiday bargain

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It’s always good to have a ‘holiday in hand’ but with the cost of living escalating, here are our top tips of how to get a holiday bargain.

Top 15 tips to get a holiday bargain

1. Be flexible on dates – travelling on a Tuesday can often be cheaper than, say a Friday or Saturday. So, if you can be flexible with booking options, you’ll potentially save £££.

2. Remember your insurance – buy when you book. Most policies will cover you for COVID (but always check). Insurance also covers for non-COVID related issues, like bereavement, illness etc. These kind of issues are unforeseen – so buy straight away to ensure that you’re covered.

3. Book a package holiday for better protection. It’s harder to get refunds if you’ve booked flights and hotels separately. If the flight is cancelled, your hotel booking is still valid and you will be charged – irrespective of if you can get there. You’ll also get protection beyond any global changes. If the travel company or airline you’ve booked with goes out of business, you’re protected via ATOL or ABTA.

4. Try using comparison sites like Trivago, Kayak or Travel Supermarket for hotel deals.

5. For last-minute deals, check ‘Flash Sales’ on the likes of Travelzoo or Secret Escapes. Remember to sign up to receive advance notice of any sales.

6. Going last-minute? Try the likes of BA Holidays, TUI or Virgin who often have very last-minute deals.

7. For the best deals, book late … if you can and usually 8 – 10 weeks before departure. But remember, you’ll probably have to pay in full at time of booking.

8. On the flip side, book early for any special offers and discounts – if you book early enough you can sometimes bag a stay 7 and pay for 5 nights deal.

9. If you’re travelling with little ones, free child places are sometimes available (when booked well in advance) through the likes of First Choice, Jet2 Holidays or TUI.

10. Will all-inclusive be the best option? Do the maths as having all your food and drinks included may be cheaper than pay-as-you-go.

11. Travel off peak if you can. Avoid school holidays, especially in family destinations like Florida.

12. Try somewhere different. Heading to a lesser-known resort may pay divided in your pocket.

13. Do your research – look around for the best quote – compare tour operator prices and get them to match prices.

14. Sign up to apps to get discounts – the 7 Nights app offers discounts at bars and restaurants – invaluable whilst you’re there.

15. Check if there are store discounts for overseas travellers? For example, some of the big stores in New York like Macy’s and Bloomingdales offer around 10% discount for tourists – you will need to register and may be required to show your passport (to prove that you’re a tourist).

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