Getting a great deal on your holiday

Holidays can be expensive, but there are a few things you can do to keep your dream trip affordable.


Shop around. Comparison sites, high street travel agents and smaller firms are all worth checking before you buy a trip, change currency or purchase travel insurance. The more places you ask the more likely you are to bag a bargain.

Book your tickets at the right time. Find the best time of year to get cheap holiday deals. If you’re flexible on dates, comparison sites can help you work out the cheapest time to travel.

Haggle with high street operators. You might get them to offer you something cheaper than an online deal.

Package holiday vs DIY. Package holidays include flights, accommodation and sometimes food and drink. They can be cheaper, but less flexible than holidays where you book everything separately.

Match your trip to your budget. It’s no fun spending the rest of the year worrying about money after going on a holiday you can’t afford. If money’s tight why not consider a cheaper trip, or a ‘staycation’?

Using a price comparison website

Price comparison websites are a quick and easy to use and are a great way to find lots of information on getting a cheap holiday. Simply tell one of these websites where and when you want to go and it will search the market for available options. Don't just focus on price. Make sure the holiday you pick is in accordance with your needs and your budget.


When to go and when to book

The most expensive time to go on holiday, is when everyone else wants to go. School holidays and bank holiday weekends, for example, are two of the most expensive times to travel. If, however, you’re not bothered too much about when you travel, you could save some money by going on holiday when fewer people want to. You could, for example, consider travelling during the off-season and flying out on a Wednesday and coming back on a Tuesday. Generally, it’s also cheaper to book your flight as early as possible.


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