The best time to book flights for the cheapest prices are as soon as the flights go on sale, so booking as far in advance as possible is recommended to get the best deal. Depending on location and time of year, booking at least eight months in advance should be enough to bag a good deal.
Finding the best exchange rate is easy when you use an online comparison tool. There are plenty out there, including Money.co.uk and MoneySupermarket. Checking before you travel is essential to get more holiday money for your buck.
How to save money on travel
Booking flights is the bread and butter of any holiday abroad, and firm favourites easyJet, Virgin Atlantic and Jet2 fly from most major UK airports to popular holiday destinations like Spain, Greece, Portugal and Egypt. That said, it’s also worth checking international flight operators like Swiss Air, Lufthansa, Qatar Airways and Aer Lingus to see if you can find even cheaper rates for your destination of choice. Remember to stay flexible and book in advance for the best chances of getting a good deal.
Hotels and accommodation deals
Finding the perfect accommodation can turn a good holiday into an unforgettable one. Whether you’re after family-friendly resorts, bustling city hotels, quaint cottages or secluded apartments, using comparison sites like Booking.com and Expedia are a great way to find hidden gems that may not have otherwise been on your radar. For a real authentic experience, Airbnb is your go-to. From gorgeous French farmhouses to idyllic beach huts, live like a local and immerse yourself in the culture.
If a staycation is on the cards, trusty chains like Premier Inn and Travelodge always promise great rates across hundreds of hotels around the UK - perfect if you’re just looking for a place to rest your head after a day exploring. On more of a budget? Check out the hostel rooms available in London and beyond with OYO.
Package holiday deals
If package holidays are your jam, trusted operators like TUI and First Choice are great places to start. With thousands of package combinations including flights, hotels and transfers finding the holiday of a lifetime is a walk in the park. Sit back, relax and let their experts do the hard work for you.
Similarly, sites like On the Beach and Loveholidays promise fabulous deals to the hottest destinations like Italy, the Caribbean and Turkey - whether you’re looking for a week all-inclusive in the sun or a cheap beach getaway, find the deal that’s right for you. Adventurers can get a great deal on adventure packages with activities and excursions thrown into the total price at Contiki and Exodus Travels. Go kayaking, surfing, cycling or surfing and get a fantastic rate compared to booking separately.
Train and bus travel deals
Travel doesn’t always mean jetting off abroad - sometimes the best memories are made on home turf. If flying isn’t your bag, travelling by train or bus is a fantastic way to soak in some culture. Sort out cheap train tickets at Omio or Trainline (don’t forget to use your Railcard to save a third), or take to the roads with a bus ticket from National Express or Flixbus - inevitably cheaper than travelling by plane or train.
Whether you’re on a work trip or a family staycation, train and bus travel can be a whole lot cheaper than jetting off - perfect for a budget getaway. However, if you do need to get to the airport, don’t forget to check out official airport train services like Heathrow Express and Stansted Express book ahead of departure date for the best rates.
Cruises and ferries deals
Taking to the seas is a great way to discover your chosen holiday destination like never before. P&O Ferries, DFDS and Stena Line promise fantastic value for the most popular routes including Dover to Calais, while Irish Ferries is your go-to for travel to the Emerald Isle. Fancy going on the cruise of a lifetime?
Check out popular routes from Princess Cruises and P&O Cruises for stunning all-inclusive cruise trips to the most sought after destinations like the Caribbean, the Meditteranean and Alaska. Travel like royalty and indulge in luxury and remember to book in advance for the best rates and choice. Happy sailing!
Skiing and snowboarding deals
For those that can’t get enough of powdery white snow, blue skies and apres ski, the best ski deals can be found at trusted operators like Neilson, Inghams and Crystal Ski. Find the perfect ski resort based on your level and get all the extras like ski and board hire, lift passes and transfers thrown in for the best value. Check out the deals on holidays and ski and snowboard essentials like jackets, salopettes, goggles and helmets at Alpine Elements and Alpine Trek. Shop out of season for the best sales and cheapest prices.