There are tricks to save money on holiday expenses! It is possible to save money not only on the tickets but also on things like transfers and accommodation!
1. Stay clear from packaged holidays.
Many times, cheaper prices are available in the same dates for the same trip. Look to book any flights, hotels and transfers after researching alternatives. Some of my personal favourites include:
To book flights - skyscanner or kayak;
to book hotels - *or *;
to book buses or transfers - eurolines or *.
2. Book in advance.
This is one of the biggest ways to save money on travel. It can be cheaper to buy two low cost tickets months in advance and not using one, than buying it last-minute for many times more. Don't believe me? try and book ticket or a hotel stay for next week, then try and book the same exact trip or hotel for 12 weeks from now. Surprised? Hotels and airlines rely on your bad planning skills to achieve greater profits!
Haggling is not reserved just for that market stall in Morocco. Try this: check a hotel's rate in one of the aforementioned websites. Then, contact the hotel directly and ask if they can beat it. Sometimes they match it for a better room, other times they outright beat it if you book directly. They keep more of the profit and you pay less!
4. Scout destination!
Research your destination's public transport system, and purchase transfers in advance if necessary.
Of special importance in many of the beach based destinations; Local authorities and companies rely on tourist money to fill their coffers, so they will make information regarding public transport difficult for you to access when there. I have been to a few islands in the mediterranean where, if not aware, the only option will seem to be a taxi! The difference can be staggering (€3 on a bus vs €30 on a taxi!). Save your hard earned cash for some well deserved entertainment!
5. Fly open-jaw.
A more extreme way of saving, for the more savvy is to explore and book open-jaw tickets. It might mean traveling a bit to or from your final destination, but there is a huge savings potential. It is particularly useful, if you combine trips. For instance, if instead of purchasing a return flight between the UK and the US you were to visit Paris or Amsterdam, you could save in the hundreds! And, if connecting for longer, also enjoy a small city break!
6. Buy flexi.
Easyjet has a flexi ticket loophole which allows you to book a cheaper ticket, and then change it to a different date. Worth it if the dates you intend on flying in are busy periods, such as christmas or easter. Book your ticket as flexi for a cheaper date, and then change it to that premium date, such as bank holidays or weekends.
7. Use cashback websites.
As with any other big expenses, as important as doing your research, is getting some money back from it! Bear in mind it should not influence what you ultimately buy. But a quick check can net you some money back! The one I personally use? Topcashback!*
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These are the methods I use, and I am certain there are many more out there.
I hope this is of some use to you ! Feel free to leave a comment if you agree or disagree!
*This is a referral link - it proves I do use it myself and is a good tip!