04 Mar How I Save Money When Booking a Holiday
I think it’s safe to say that we all love a good bargain. These days I love to book stylish boutique hotels and relaxing getaways but I also like to make sure I’m getting value for my money. Travelling can get expensive but it doesn’t have to be, particularly if you’re flexible with dates!
Here are my top tips on how to save money when booking a holiday.
Since I have a car here in London I sometimes like to drive to the airport as opposed to taking the tube or the train, particularly if I’m travelling from Gatwick or Luton. I just prefer being able to set off when I want and be able to travel from door to door with the heater on!
Airport parking can get expensive sometimes though, which is why I have a few tricks up my sleeve. Firstly I always make sure I sign up to the newsletters of various airport parking websites as sometimes they will send special deals. It helps to shop around too, as there are numerous airport parking websites including Purple Parking, Skyparksecure.com and Holiday Extras.
I also check voucher code websites for discount codes before I book. My Favourite Voucher Codes is a website with voucher codes that will enable you to save up to 72% on airport parking and their widget allows you to search parking for any airport in the UK.
Flights can be one of the most expensive parts about a trip, especially if you’re travelling long haul. Not long ago I went to Cape Town and I managed to bag flights for £400 return in peak season, when usually they’d be around £600. How did I do it? I signed up to Jack’s Flight Club, which I reviewed here. Once you’ve joined, Jack will send you the best flight deals he can find and these will be sent to your inbox a few times per week. Usually I try to avoid getting too many emails but Jack’s Flight Club sends amazing deals for destinations all over the world.
I’m also a fan of collecting air miles, so I’ve signed up for a British Airways American Express card that allows me to collect Avios points every time I spend. I sometimes use the points for flights within Europe – all I have to pay is the taxes.
My favourite app for booking hotels is Hotel Tonight. The app features mainly boutique, stylish hotels and allows you to make last minute bookings within a week before your trip. I’ve had some really good deals on hotels that would normally be expensive, PLUS it has a really simple user interface with map view.
I also love to use Airbnb as you can sometimes find some real gems that are much more affordable than staying in hotels. The advantage of staying in an apartment or home is that you have kitchen facilities, which makes it easier to cook at home and save some money.
When travelling abroad I swear by Starling Bank. I used to get charged hefty fees when using my debit or credit card abroad and I realised I was wasting 100s of pounds! Starling Bank is a mobile-only bank account that comes with a proper, contactless debit card for you to make purchases. There are no fees from them for making purchases abroad, or for withdrawing cash from the ATM. So you can travel freely and spend freely anywhere in the world! These days I don’t even bother with money exchange, I just take this card everywhere with me. Best of all, the app sends you notifications on what you’re spending, so you can instantly see the amount spent in £.
So there you have it, my top tips for saving money on holiday bookings. Travel really doesn’t have to cost the earth these days so you have no excuse not to explore!