As we are tightening our belts this year in pursuit of our first home we’ll be lucky to see one holiday.
In fact, had it not been my mother’s 60th birthday at the end of this year, we wouldn’t be going at all. But, I promised to take her and I’m a man of my word so I’m taking her as her birthday treat – I’m a good son like that.
If you’re lucky enough to be planning a nice relaxing holiday this year you want to sure you get the most possible for your hard earned money.
There are a few simple ways to save a ton of money when booking your next trip.
In conjunction with the guys from icount Money, we have put together a handy infographic together to show you the easiest way to cut down the cost of your holiday.
You could put the money saved towards some fresh new clothes to take with you, give you more spending money, or even put it to one side for the next one!
Here are our top ten tips for hassle free travel.
So who would have thought that airlines track your cookie?
Crafty gits! By simply deleting your cookies the airline is unable to track you and therefore cannot raise prices to rush you into booking, so stay one step ahead of the airline.
Booking on a Tuesday will save you the most money!
That’s right, according to Cheryl Rosner, CEO of travel site stayful.com, you will save the most money on your tickets and accommodation by choosing Tuesday as the day you book.
Set up price alerts to make sure you are kept up to date with the latest offers of any price falls.
If you’ve already booked, still keep the alerts on, if you notice the price of your holiday dropping, call them to negotiate a discount on what you’ve paid.
If they won’t play ball, ask for a credit note to put towards your next trip. Also go and sign up to Top Cash Back, you can get great cash back deals on flights, accommodation and package holidays. You’ll be surprised how much is on offer.
The good thing about it is it doesn’t just cater for holidays and trips away, you can find 100’s of cash back deals for all sorts of stuff!
If you’re only going on a short trip maximise your hand luggage so there is no need for hold luggage.
Of course I do speak from a man’s perspective, and I’m not a very ‘dressed up’ sort of guy (short and t-shirts all the way, day and night!) so maybe it’s easier for me to say!
However, you can see where I’m going. If you can get away without buying hold luggage do so, it’ll save quite a few quid.
Using a prepaid currency card like the one provided with the icount Money account can save a fortune on ATM and conversion charges.
By using a currency card you are not charged at the ATM and as your money is already in Euros, there are no conversion charges.
I saved £68 compared to my previous holiday by using one of these last year.
If you can hold your nerve, booking the same day can save a fair few pounds.
With the amount of places to stay available to us these days, you can easily find somewhere with vacancies to book for the same day you arrive and it really will save a lot of money.
It depends what you want from your accommodation I suppose, personally I spend most of my time on the beach or taking in the local culture, my room is only somewhere to rest my head of an evening, so pools, bars a restaurants on site are just not that necessary to me, but everyone is different of course!
Do you have any tips to save money on your holidays? As usual, I want to hear the all, ALL OF THEM!
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