• 9 travel hacks to bag yourself a cheap holiday

    9 travel hacks to bag yourself a cheap holiday

    So, you’re searching online for your next holiday destination… But you want to make sure you get the best possible deal. Many factors can influence the price fluctuations of a holiday. From the time of the year to the day of the week you’re travelling. Interested in the best days to fly (and other top travel tips)? We would be too!

    Cheapest days to fly

    Now you’re asking, “what are the cheapest days to fly?” Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered! There are a variety of times that are best to book and fly.

    Low Season

    We all know that when we try to go on holiday during peak times, prices skyrocket upwards. Whether it be for hotels or flights, it’s just generally a lot more expensive to travel when everybody else wants to travel. As frustrating as that is, to bag the best deals you must be flexible in order to get away for cheaper.

    The term “low season” sounds very general, but it tends to be the time when less people travel. Plus, it’s easy enough to figure out when low season falls. These dates typically include travel outside of the summer holidays and when the kids are still in school. When the children are off from school, it generally gets a little more expensive to travel. The school holidays provide families with the opportunity to get away together for a while. As a result, flights and hotels become a tad more expensive due to the rise in popularity.

    Instead you can travel with the family during October and February half term to cut down on the price. Prices tend to be lower at the beginning of the summer holidays and at the end, so opt for an early summer getaway or a last-minute summer trip. If you’re travelling as a couple, you’ll find cheap holidays during spring and autumn.

    There are some cons when travelling during the low season of course. Certain attractions and hotels may be closed. Not to mention in some locations the weather may not be the best. But that doesn’t mean you can’t have an enjoyable time away. No doubt, you’ll love the lack of queues and fellow tourists, as well as the milder weather and lack of heat! Certainly all this makes a cheap holiday, feel a lot more exclusive!

    Days to book and fly

    Recent studies have shown that Sunday is the cheapest day to book flights. In fact, according to Skyscanner’s 2019 Flight Insights report, those who book their flights on a Sunday can save 4 per cent, whilst booking on a Wednesday, for instance, is more expensive. It was also found that travellers who depart the UK on a Friday can save 21 per cent on their holiday, compared to flying on a Sunday.  

    Flight times

    Does it matter what time you fly as well? It sure does. Take an early or late flight and you won’t be breaking the bank. There’s a reason these flights are so cheap, quite simply, nobody wants them. Most of us would prefer to travel during hours when we’re fully awake and not so tired. However, those more desirable flight times are a lot more expensive. To avoid this, fly super early or really late and you can save a considerable amount when it comes to flights – the more you save, the more you can spend on holiday extras like copious amounts of ice cream and/or cocktails…

    Switch airports

    There’re plenty of ways to save when you fly and one of them is choosing a different airport. We know that you want to make your travel as stress-free as possible, so booking your departure from the airport closest is logical. However, if you really want to cut costs, you can save loads by booking a different airport. The result is, you may not have very far to travel, but you’ll have plenty to save, especially if you’re travelling as a family. So, swap London Gatwick for London Stansted and see how much you could save.

    Mix and match airlines

    Sometimes booking with different airlines to and from your destination can help you keep cash in pocket. Check the prices of individual flights and weigh up if it’s cheaper than booking a return fare.

    Sign up for Price Alerts

    That’s all well and good, but how to put all this advice into action? Here are some simple steps to follow. Do your careful research and then pick a holiday you’d love to go on. If you are on our site – great, select your holiday and proceed to the calendar view. It’s here where you can sign up for our loveholidays Price Alerts. Pop your email in and then be patient. We’ll start emailing you to keep you updated on how the price for this holiday is changing over time. Keep an eye on the changes and you’ll see what the best time (that suits you best!) to book is. Even better, set up Price Alerts for as many holidays as you want – tempted by both a 4-star Tenerife escape in November and a 5-star Dubai retreat in February? Follow the same simple process and sign up for each, the results might surprise you! 

    Other tips to keep the cost down

    What else can you take into consideration when looking to cut the costs of your holiday?

    Book an all inclusive holiday

    Some travellers love an all inclusive holiday, others are not so keen. But however you feel about them, it can be a good alternative when it comes to cutting down on costs. Not having to eat and drink out all the time keeps you on budget. Other activities might even be included in your all inclusive price. From water sports like sailing, snorkelling or surfing to on-land activities like cycling, some resorts will give you these opportunities included in the price. Of course, another misconception is that you end up spending all your time at your all inclusive resort, but that doesn’t have to be the case. You can explore outside of hotel grounds whenever you wish and dive head first into the local culture, too!

    Buy a city pass

    Certain attractions can cost a fortune, plus travel on top of that, making sightseeing an expensive task. When you add food, flights and accommodation, it all seems to add up to an unnecessary amount. Seeing the country you’re visiting is very much a vital part for many tourists and rightly so. If you invest in a city pass you can pay one single price and gain entry into numerous attractions. These passes add convenience to the low-price tag as well because some may even allow you to skip long queues.

    Collect frequent flyer points Even though sometimes it might feel pointless to collect points, as you need a significant amount to reap any rewards, there’s nothing wrong with signing up regardless and collecting air miles. If you travel a lot, eventually, you could get a free flight, discounts and upgrades. Most airlines have a club you can join to collect points, too!

    The Smart Way to Transfer Money Abroad

    So you’ve booked the perfect holiday – congratulations! Unfortunately, the time which should be about making exciting plans often gets overshadowed by the trepidation of spending money abroad. To give holiday-makers a helping hand, Sainsbury’s Bank has created a guide to international money transfers, which explains how the process works and includes advice on choosing the best transfer options.

    From group holidays, paying for hen and stag dos, to making destination wedding payments, paying for an overseas event requires you to transfer money abroad – something that isn’t always a straightforward process. International money transfers can be subject to an exchange rate, commissions and fees, so it’s worth shopping around to ensure you get the best rates from providers.

    It’s also a good idea to do your research on the security of your provider to give you extra piece of mind and make sure your money arrives safely. Many holiday goers choose to stick with traditional providers such as banks and foreign exchange brokers. However, alternative methods are also available including debit or credit cards and transfer services such as PayPal and TransferWise.

    To figure out which method of transferring money abroad is right for you, check out this handy guide by Sainsbury’s Bank.

    Sainsbury’s Bank Visual Guide to International Money Transfers

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