Use our check­list to make sure you get the best deal pos­si­ble. To show how much you could save, our con­sumer team costed up a one-week break in Greece for a family of five in July, and pock­eted enough for an­other holiday!

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Total saved: £2,448.90 HAVE YOU GOT THESE SORTED?


There’s no ex­cuse these days for not tap­ping your re­quire­ments into com­par­i­son web­sites skyscan­ner.net or kayak.co.uk and let­ting them trawl through the hun­dreds of deals for you. Make sure you check more than one com­par­i­son site. We saved: a mas­sive £2,198 on di­rect flights to/from Corfu for all five family mem­bers by us­ing skyscan­ner.net. And by com­par­ing the same villa on two dif­fer­ent sites, we saved £45.


Don’t buy this as part of your holiday pack­age. There are no short­cuts here and the cheap­est may not be the best, so com­pare poli­cies at a cou­ple of com­par­i­son web­sites. Be­fore you sign up, look through the sum­maries of cover and make sure you’re happy with the amounts of­fered. We saved: around £30.


Use the Thomas Cook holiday bud­get cal­cu­la­tor to get a rough idea of how much you’ll need, and buy your cur­rency in ad­vance so there are no nasty sur­prises and panic cur­rency buy­ing while you’re away. We saved: £154 by us­ing a Fairfx pre­paid card on our spend­ing money.


It may be that you’re trav­el­ling with fussy eaters, are deal­ing with in­tol­er­ances or don’t like bud­get air­line cat­a­logue food! Don’t for­get you can bring snacks (sand­wiches, crisps, choco­late bars) from home. It’s only liq­uids you have to ditch at se­cu­rity and buy on the other side. We saved: £21.90 by bring­ing our own food and buy­ing soft drinks at the air­port for the family. Lunch for five on Easyjet would have been £50.90!

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