HACKS THAT COULD SAVE YOU MORE THAN £2,000!
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!
Total saved: £2,448.90 HAVE YOU GOT THESE SORTED?
FLIGHTS AND ACCOMMODATION
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!