Going on holiday can be an expensive business. Flights and hotel rooms don’t come cheap. However, holiday prices do vary and if you are savvy you could end up saving yourself a lot of money. Here are our top tips to make sure you get the best deal on your luxury holiday.
Last Minute Deals vs Booking Far in Advance
Contrary to common belief, it is far more economical to book your holiday in advance. Whether you are booking a package holiday, or flights and a hotel separately, the early bookings will ensure you get the best price. Booking in advance could save you as much as thirty percent with six months before you plan on travelling is the best time to book. A lot of travel companies and airlines offer special early bird offers for customers who book around this time. It is possible to get a good deal last minute as airlines and travel agents slash prices to fill those last-minute spaces. However, these prices are never usually as good as the original prices.
Flexibility is key
When you are looking for a good deal on luxury holidays, it cannot be emphasised enough how important it is to be flexible with your dates of travel. School holidays are always going to be more expensive so if you can avoid these you will instantly save yourself money. Also, weekends are of course going to be more expensive. According to the flight comparison website Momondo, Tuesday morning flights are, on average, the cheapest time to fly.
If you are holidaying further afield, like Australia for example, be aware that their peak season is our winter as it is their summer. If you are looking for some winter sun, it is probably best to avoid the Antipodes if you want to get the most for your money. Places like Florida and Mexico are still warm over the winter but because it is not their peak time to travel prices will be cheaper than if you wanted to visit there over the summer.
Price Comparison Sites
Price comparison sites are a great way to check out the cheapest prices on offer for flights and hotels. As previously highlighted, travel agencies can charge a whole host of prices for the same holiday. This is also true when comparing travel agents themselves. Two different agencies can charge completely different prices for the same holiday. Price comparison sites are a great way to cut out a lot of confusion and money as the clearly show you the best offer available. Also, if you keep your eyes peeled for discount vouchers on money saving sites this can be a great way to save money on your holiday. For example, a quick search online will help you find a Club Med discount on sites like Groupon. Club Med specialises in luxury holidays so getting your hands on one of these vouchers is a great money saving option.