Avoiding the Pitfalls of Cheap Holidays

There are many cheap holidays to choose from as travel agents look to maximise sales during this peak trading period. I have previously written about the huge discounts you can find with hotels offering tourists discounts of up to 50% on room prices and then by shopping around, comparing deals with various agents you can find many bargain holidays.

However there are several pitfalls that people can fall into when booking low cost holidays that will push up the price significantly. Especially at this time of year when families are looking to book holidays before the kids head back to school and for everyone else looking to get some summer sun before the season is over. We can rush into booking holidays as time is so limited so the advice is to double check the small print before you press submit especially when buying flights.

The no frill budget airlines will start with low prices to entice you in but then add on extras that will significantly increase the price, extras that are included with traditional airlines. The biggest of the charges are for checking in bags which can be up to £20 for each case that you want to take with you, for a family of four this is a big cost for travelling to your destination and back again.

Another one I got stung with when I was quickly booking a flight for a low cost holiday was using a credit card, which was £10 each way, making my flight significantly more expense. The tip here is to use a Visa Electron card as most of the no frill airlines won’t charge you a premium for using this card. You can ask your bank or open a new bank account to get this card; it is often give to those around 15-18 years old as their first payment card so if you are a family it may be possible to obtain one through a child of this age.

Another expense which will hike up the bill is food and drinks. Drinks are more difficult to avoid paying over the odds for with the restrictions on liquids meaning you can’t carry more than 100ml in your hand luggage. You can however buy in the departure lounge which most likely still will be cheaper than on the plane. For food it is best if you can eat before leaving if possible and if not prepare some packed lunches for the flight, sandwiches on a recent flight were £5! There is another £20 for a family taking a flight.

The extra charges can run into the hundreds with no frill airlines. Plan your flight in advance and compare what the total cost will be with traditional carriers which have these extra costs included in their price, you’d be surprise how often it works out cheaper.