When it comes to holidays, there are two main ways of organising it – you could purchase a package holiday, where
everything is included in the price you pay and is usually with a travel agent or online travel company, or you can mix and match flights, accommodation and travel insurance, etc, yourself, looking for the best deal and getting the exact holiday you want. There are a few ways to cut your costs with both.
Save on your package holiday
Even though it might seem like prices for package holidays are non-negotiable, other than to wait until the last minute and purchase a late deal, there are ways of negotiating better deals either in advance or last minute.
The first way to get your holiday cheaper is to book it as late as possible. If you’d rather not wait until last minute for fear that your choices are minimised, then book as early as you can in advance instead. Both methods work, just choose the one that makes you feel more relaxed as planning a holiday should be a pleasure, not a stressful experience.
Many holiday companies and travel agents will offer the same package holiday, at different prices. If you find two deals that are similarly priced, ring one up and tell them you’ve seen the other, and ask for them to better it. Then ring the other travel agent and tell them the same. This can save you hundreds of pounds on a family holiday.
Save on a DIY holiday
You can save money on a holiday where you choose every component yourself separately, by booking for unusual stays. Check a flights comparison site such as Skyscanner.net for cheapest flights to a particular destination. The check an accommodation provider such as Alpharooms.com for hotels in your chosen resort, selecting by number of stars, price range or board basis for cheap room rates. Get quotes for your travel insurance and car rental too.
A bonus about booking a package holiday rather than a DIY one is that they will usually be regulated with ABTA so offer protection in the event of something going wrong. Also, they are usually cheaper than DIY holidays for typical breaks of 7 or 14 days, in a popular resort.