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My top four money-saving tips when booking holidays
One of the largest expenses that you will have to finance throughout the year is your family holiday. It could be something that you save for in small increments, or it could be something that you pay in larger chunks from your budget so that you have to sacrifice other things for a few months.
Whatever your method, there are plenty of additional ways that you could be saving extra pounds, to ease the strain on the purse strings for the rest of the year. So, here are just four of my top money saving tips for when you next come to book your family getaway.
1. Book well in advance
As you have children, you won’t be able to dodge the peak season price hikes, but what you can do is book as far in advance as possible. You’ll already know the term times for the kids, so you’ll be able to perform more accurate searches and book knowing that your dates won’t change. Demand for holidays in a year’s time will be lower, so the prices will reflect that. Plus, all the budget options will still be available and you may be able to find a low-price deal.
2. Opt for flights at cheaper times
If you’re not too bothered about what time of day you fly, then avoid the most popular times; go very early in the morning or later in the evening instead. Plus, one sneaky trick of providers is to hike up the prices at the times of day when people are most likely to be booking flights. With this in mind, always avoid searching for flights on a Friday, and stick to either early Sunday mornings or Wednesdays. It sounds strange, but it could save you hundreds!
3. Pre-book where you can
You could be going to a festival, a theme park or a series of tours when you arrive at your destination, but if you leave it until the last minute, not only will the prices be much higher and you won’t have the option of shopping around, but you’ll also run the risk of not being able to go at all. Always pre-book online for anything you can well in advance; this works particularly well for things like show tickets, as the company will often release early-bird deals.
4. Look for packages
There are plenty of hotels that offer specific deals on their websites for families, couples and large groups. Always go directly to the hotel website before booking with a search engine, just in case you’re missing out on a deal. Plus, in many instances, you can get some additional features thrown in. For example, Marriott hotels in the Niagara Falls region offer a luxury room with a meal and tour for one lump sum, saving you on booking each of those things separately.
Do you have any more tips of your own? I’d love to hear what they are, so feel free to leave me a comment.