Planning a holiday this year? Read our money saving tips

After a very successful Sunshine Saturday for the travel industry and despite the difficult economic climate, our figures are indicating that people are clearly reluctant to give up their holidays and are making the most of the great deals that are on offer!

Blue Monday (happening on Monday 16 January this year) is the name given to the third Monday in January that has been coined as the most depressing day of the year – this is the perfect time to look at your budget for the year and book a holiday. We have curated a list of money saving tips for the year ahead to offer some reassurance and some useful advice on things to consider when booking in the current climate. 

Remember travel agents are best placed to help consumers navigate booking holidays that account for their various needs, desires, concerns and budgets so find your local Advantage travel agent here and book today!

Advantage’s money saving tips 

  • Book early – the benefits of booking in advance are that consumers can benefit from the early booking discounts and free child places that are on offer.  As well as having more holiday options available from duration, airport and hotels – booking early also help consumers budget for their holiday as they know how much it will cost and can stagger payments.
  • Be flexible – if consumers can be flexible on the dates, location and airport they travel it makes it easier to find the best deals. 
  • Try something new – many of the traditional holiday destinations come with higher price tags as there is more demand for these trips.  Consumers can find some great holiday bargains if they try something new, particularly if an operator has just added a new destination to their programme and is trying to encourage more people to book.
  • Pre-book extras – holiday extras such as airport parking and upgraded seats are best to book early to avoid it hurting the wallet, as booking last minute can mean more expensive costs.
  • Research – consumers should make sure they do as much research as possible on their holiday before booking, so they are not hit by any extra costs. Read the small print to make sure there are no hidden costs, find out what facilities are included and if there are local bars, restaurants and supermarkets close by to help you budget and avoid expensive taxis.
  • Avoid peak times if you can – for families, teachers and anyone else tied to school holidays this won’t be possible, but if you can travel outside of the peak periods then you will be able to save money on your holiday as there are some great deals available outside of peak times.
  • Book with a travel agent – with an incredible amount of travel knowledge and experience in searching for the best deals available, if you visit your local travel agent they can help you find the best deal and take advantage of any offers and discounts available.





Danni de Nervaux

Marketing Campaign and PR Manager

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