It's that time of year when I start to think about holidays and I am all about getting the most yet the best from what I can afford. Packaged holidays are the way forward and over the years I have built up a few contacts I go to for this which is always handy.
I am one of those annoying customers who will just haggle haggle until I feel the prices is right (getting the most out of my budget) to the point where I am sure the sales agent will remember me! Why not...it's your money after all and the agents will earn commission from their sales and every travel agent is trying to get you to book with them...
Package holidays are either brought directly from tour operators or through a travel agent. The holiday will include flights, transfers, accommodation and either breakfast and dinner or breakfast only or even all 3 meals! Sounds great right!
Here are some simple money saving tips to share with you all whether you are booking package or not.
You Have Kids?
Then opt for the middle weeks of the school holidays rather than the beginning or end and definitely avoid travelling at weekends to keep the cost low as possible. Flights are generally a lot cheaper mid week.
You Can Travel Anytime?
Make sure you sign up to all the email newsletters from your favourite airlines / operators to ensure you know when the seat sales start. Don't forget to sign up for air miles, read my post here if you have no idea what air miles are all about or how they work.
Long Haul Holidays
Don't always stick with your favourite airline be sure to compare various airline options as part of your long haul break. Some holiday operators often give you a choice of airline where you can trade off direct flight, service and comfort against better pricing and indirect routes.
Always book in advance if you have specific travel dates as demand always outstrip supply especially for Easter / May bank holiday periods.
Don't accept the package price offered to you, always try and get more so you could either ask for further discount if you booked right now. Ask them to throw in excursions for you, even upgrade your room or even half board upgrade you to full board.
Packaged holidays started all the way back in the 1960s believe it or not and ever wondered how it's done back then read this or watch this short video.
My Voucher Codes founder Mark Pearson had this to say after watching the video "Booking a holiday has changed a lot over the last few decades, so simple now you don't have to leave your home. Modern technological advances mean you can now book a holiday when out and about or even at the airport. We are sure over the next ten years we will see this change again as technology moves on, predicting a big rise in the use of mobile and tablet devices when it comes to booking holidays and checking in"
Have you had good or bad experiences in booking packaged holidays and any tips to share?