How to Find Cheap Holiday Deals

You’ve patiently waited until the very last minute to book your summer holidays in the hope of bagging one of those cheap holiday deals you always seem to hear other people bragging about. The kennel is booked, the sun lotion bought and your suitcase has made its annual appearance out of the loft. So what’s next? How do you go about finding one of these deals? Well you could sit in a shop for hours while a very helpful travel advisor trawls through pages and pages of destinations, you could stay in the comfort of your own home and give yourself earache as you hang on the phone for ages, or you could take the bull by the horns, get on the internet and discover that the world is your oyster.

No-one said it was going to be easy though, it will take time and patience, but when you’re laid on that beach, knowing how little you spent on getting there, it will all be worth while.

Have a pen and paper handy to make notes of what you see and on which site, you’ll kick yourself when you find a great deal then can’t remember which site you saw it on!

Make a note of exact flight times, board basis, room choice and of course cost so you can compare the exact same holidays on different sites. You might think you’ve found a great deal, much cheaper than other sites, only to discover that it’s because the board basis or departure airport is different.

The more flexible you are the more choices you will have, for example if you say you will only fly from your local airport, your choices will be much more limited than if you are prepared to travel to other airports, try to put a couple of days time span for your departure date rather than just one day, and keep your options of board basis open.

Taking off or landing in the early hours of the morning will usually save you money too, it may be a bit inconvenient to take off or land at 3am, but you will find it significantly cheaper.

See what ‘extras’ have automatically been included and if it’s a short flight, consider removing the flight meals, this will save a few pounds.

Make sure you stick to your luggage allowance, usually 15kgs these days; you may be given the option to increase it up to 20kgs but will pay extra for this, so travel light.

Some tour operators automatically add a world care charity donation on, you can ask for this to be removed, usually by just unchecking the box.

Check that transfers are included and are free, if so, that’s great, if not try to find out how much a private transfer would be, there are numerous websites available to book transfers, so its worth comparing them and perhaps booking separately, or if your accommodation is not too far from the airport, just jump in a taxi when you get there.

Don’t just look for a package holiday, think about checking prices for flights and accommodation separately, this often works out much cheaper, just make sure you put the exact same dates in to your searches, it’s no good booking accommodation Saturday to Saturday and then flights on a Sunday!

Think about how you are going to pay for the holiday and always use a debit card if possible as most companies charge a fee for using your credit card, this is usually a percentage of your total cost, so depending on how much you are paying, this could save you quite a bit.

Avoiding the school holidays is always a good idea, check out the timetable on the governments education website before putting your annual leave in.

Finally, check out the exchange rate of your destination before you book, a great self catering deal could end up costing a fortune while you are there if the exchange rate is poor.

Many tour operators are struggling to fill their planes and hotels this year and are starting to cut prices, so you never know, you could well find plenty of cheap holiday deals out there to choose from, as I mentioned before, the world really could be your oyster.