Once kids start school, most parents have to wave goodbye to cheap summer holidays, with prices for a getaway, both in the UK and abroad, soaring during the peak weeks in July and August.
We take a look at some of the ways you can lower the cost of travelling in the school holidays.
Book at the right time
The best time to book a summer holiday tends to be in January and February when travel companies hold their sales. However, if you still haven’t booked your summer’s getaway, Skyscanner recommends booking five weeks before you fly.
The day of the week you book can also impact on price, withFarecompare suggesting you make travel plans at 3pm on Tuesdays.
Travel mid week
Holidaying Saturday to Saturday may be convenient, but it’s also expensive. Tuesday is widely regarded as the cheapest day to fly, with Wednesday and Thursday also normally coming in at a lower price.
Join loyalty schemes
It may clutter up your inbox, but signing up to travel companies’ newsletters and loyalty schemes can mean you hear about sales and special offers before they are released to the general public. Sites such as Travelzoo compile the best offers from a variety of companies.
Consider all the costs
Don’t rush into booking a holiday because of a cheap upfront price, as you may find that the destination is pricey and you’ll end up splashing out more in the long-run on meals out, drinks and entertainment. Do some research before making a booking and check exactly what is included in the price of your holiday. It might be that in some cases an all-inclusive deal seems more expensive but will work out cheaper in the long run.
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