With the cost of travel soaring ever higher, many of us can no longer afford to splurge on holidays, which is why timeshare can prove a refreshingly eco and economical option.
If you’re looking to tighten the purse strings without compromising on quality, timeshare can tick a lot of boxes. Then, there are flights and car hire to think about, but the good news is there’s plenty you can do to “save not splurge”.
Here are our top five tips for saving money on this year’s holiday:
Negotiation is key in the travel industry, especially when you consider that an airplane seat that isn’t filled cannot be resold the next day. If you’re booking at the last minute, then try to bargain when dealing with tour operators, travel agents, car hire companies or hotels. You might be surprised at how many pounds you can claw back. Better still, when it comes to flights, book super early when fares with airlines such as Ryanair can be so cheap they’re lower than a train fare from Hertfordshire to London!
2) Pick Your Dates
Wherever you can, avoid travelling during peak holiday seasons. However, if you need to travel in the school holidays, then try opting for the latest possible dates. The last week in August and the first in September are normally far cheaper than those earlier on in the season.
3) Use Price Comparison Sites, But Tread Carefully
If you use them with caution, price comparison sites can save you money on hotels, flights and even car hire. However, be warned: these prices can be distorted as companies striving to offer the cheapest headline prices by stripping away as many extras as possible – it’s the total when you get your credit card out to pay, that counts, but luckily this problem with unforeseen “add-ons” is an issue the government has been tightening up on lately.
4) Avoid Unnecessary Expenses
Airline charges for check-in, baggage, seat selection, priority boarding, credit-card bookings, inflight food and drinks, text-message confirmation can send the price of a basic flight skyrocketing. Make sure you stay savvy and keep your eyes peeled for those hidden, pricey extras. If you’ve got a short flight, it’s probably not worth paying for any extras.
5) Sign Up for Offers
Airlines, hotel chains and car-hire firms will all send out special offers and sales via email – you just need to sign-up to find out more. If you can commit yourself a long time in, you’ll also get the pick of the best fares. While it may be “excess baggage” for your inbox, you can make huge savings.