Desperate for a bit of European sunshine but can only travel during the school summer holidays? We’ve come to accept that this is inevitably going to cost a lot more than off-peak travel but there are still ways you can save money on these packages. If you don’t mind putting in the time and effort to do a spot of research before you book then here are a few tips on how you can get a better deal with My Favourite Voucher Codes, even during the most expensive time of the holiday year.
Book as Early as You Can
First things first, don’t put it off as a job to do in a few weeks’ time. The sooner you book that summer holiday the better. Although leaving it until the last minute sometimes has financial benefits, these are mainly for those who can be flexible with their calendar. And we’re assuming that if you have to travel during peak school holiday season then you probably don’t fall into this category.
Look at Cheaper Dates Within the School Holiday Period
We often assume that whenever we book a package during the school holidays that it’s always going to be ridiculously expensive. Ok, this is true for the most part but there are significant differences in price between holidays taken mid-late July and those at the tail end of August. If you can try to see if travelling during the last week of August can get you a better deal or if you live in Scotland and have earlier summer holidays at the beginning of July. Another trick in the same ball park is to choose mid-week travel over weekend departures if they’re available.
Choose a Popular Destination
Now this might sound like an odd suggestion. A popular destination is surely going to have more of a demand so consequently less availability and higher prices, right? Well not necessarily. The thing about popular destinations in France and Spain is that they have much more holiday accommodation available than less popular locations and travel operators are desperate to fill it all up. You might think that going off the beaten track will get you a better deal but that isn’t always the case and if you need a bit more beachside location inspiration then here’s a handy post on where’s best to visit this summer.
Search for Extra Discounts
The most common sort of package holiday discount is one that has been reduced already but there are other options available. If your preferred package is still full price, see if there are any additional online discounts available for that operator. For example, Al Fresco Holidays are currently offering an extra £50 off August bookings and £100 off 5-night stays in July. Thomas Cook also offer amazing holiday packages.
Compromise on Those Extras
If you find yourself in the position of looking for a better value package holiday then consequently, you’re not really in a position to be as fussy when it comes to the finer details. So if you can do without a beachside location or massive swimming pool if it gets you a much more attractive price, then consider downgrading just a little bit.
Don’t despair. There are still plenty of summer package deals available for those wanting to book during the school holidays and travel operators want to sell them just as much as you want to buy them. But try and resist the urge to panic-book something as soon as you see it because you still want to be sure it’s right for you and your family. You may be looking for a great deal but you want to have a stress-free holiday too, right?
By Anna Scott, 15th May 2017