There’s something satisfying about bagging a cheap last minute deal, and the thought that a week on far away shores could cost you less than a night’s stay in a swanky London hotel. So, if you’re able to leave at the drop of a hat, late deals are a great way to save yourself some pennies – just think of all the extra holiday funds you’ll have.
Take a look at these 10 useful tips for securing a late bargain, and you could be sipping on a frozen cocktail by the ocean in a matter of days!
1. All Inclusive can work out cheaper
Although All Inclusive holidays seem like the most expensive option, this isn’t always the case. With more and more fantastic last minute deals on All Inclusive getaways, it can actually work out better value for money. When you weigh up the fact that all your drinks and meals are included in the price, you can make some seriously big savings.
2. Try less popular destinations
If you’re not fussed about going to holiday hotspots like the Canaries or Cyprus, you have more chance of finding a budget-friendly deal. Instead of Spain opt for Bulgaria, or you can always choose lesser-known resorts that won’t attract as many tourists. It may also be worth taking a week or two off work and then waiting until the last minute to book – but we suggest you only do this if you have no preference over where you want to go.
3. Be as flexible as you can with your dates
When booking your holiday, flexibility is key – and by that we mean prices can drop significantly from one week to the next. So, the more dates you have available to travel the better chance you have of securing a bargain getaway.
4. Book as late as you can
Booking last minute can seem daunting when it doesn’t leave you with much time to sort things like travel insurance, money and what to pack. But don’t let that put you off, booking close to your travel date can often mean huge savings on some fantastic holidays.
5. Avoid peak season
We all know peak season is an expensive time to travel, the kids are off school and the weather is warmer in many of Europe’s hotspots. With that in mind, it’s best to avoid this time of year if possible. If that isn’t an option and you have to travel within the school holidays you could always opt for the half term in May, or even the end of August when prices tend to be slightly lower.
6. Look out for discount codes
It’s always a good idea to look out for things like special offers and discount codes, as this is a great way to grab extra savings on your last minute getaway. Just always make sure you check the terms and conditions first to make sure the code or offer is applicable to your chosen holiday.
7. Fly from an alternative airport
Prices can vary depending on the airport you fly from, so sometimes it’s worth considering other options. If you don’t mind travelling a little further afield, you could save yourself a small fortune by simply choosing another airport.
8. Opt for package holidays
With your hotel, flight, transfers and luggage all included in the price of your holiday, package deals can often work out cheaper when you compare them with do-it-yourself trips. Not only can sorting everything separately lead to added extras that you may have not considered, but it can also be stressful when you’re booking last minute.
9. Compare durations
If you have your heart set on a 7-night deal, but can’t seem to find anything that fits your budget, it may be worth weighing up your options. Extending your holiday by a few days can often work out better value for money, espessially if you book odd durations such as 9, 10 and 11-night getaways.
10. Do some research
Research is great place to start when it comes to booking a holiday. In fact, a little groundwork may surprise you, and you might even consider trying somewhere new. Whether you’re looking into the weather, hotel reviews or new destinations, this is a great way to decide if a deal is right for you.
Now, put these tips to good use and check out our fantastic range of great priced holidays.