Top hacks to help you holiday for less

Whether you are whisking your other half away to warmer climes in the ultimate romantic gesture, or simply dreaming of quality time with the family in the sunshine, we all know that holidays really matter.

The good news is that with a bit of clever planning, your getaway doesn’t have to break the bank.

Whisking your other half away to sunnier climes is the ultimate gesture- but visiting the world doesn’t have to cost the earth

From booking in advance to being clever with your credit cards, here are EIGHT holiday hacks that will save you a packet.

1. BE ORGANISED

Plan ahead to take advantage of big savings and also the opportunity to stagger the cost

Spontaneous can be sexy, but it can also be super expensive. Instead, plan ahead (most of us already know that we’ll be keen for some quality beach time next summer) to take advantage of big savings and also the opportunity to stagger the cost. Package holiday company Jet2holidays is currently offering £100 discount per person on advance bookings and just a £60pp deposit. Meaning lots more lovely holiday spends when you’re there.

2. STAY FLEXIBLE

If you don’t need to travel at very specific times (e.g. school holidays or over a weekend) then being flexible with dates can save you a LOT

If you don’t need to travel at very specific times (e.g. school holidays or over a weekend) then being flexible with dates can save you a LOT. And if you followed Tip 1 and are booking in advance then you’ll have plenty of time to clear the dates with the boss.

3. EMBRACE HAPPY HOUR

Indulge in happy hour events at your hotel and in the local area to save on your holiday costs

Now this is a super simple (and rather fun) way to save your euros! Cocktails make us happy. And bargain cocktails make us extra happy so take advantage of events at your hotel and in the local area. Lots of new holiday friends, guaranteed.

4. USE CURRENCY CARDS 

Use a prepaid currency card from Travelex or Caxton FX which allows you to pre-load money at a fixed exchange rate

Using your regular old debit card when you’re away may seem pretty simple, but due to varying exchange rates and local merchant and bank fees, you could be wasting money every time you spend on it. Instead, go for a prepaid currency card from Travelex or Caxton FX which allows you to pre-load money at a fixed exchange rate, giving you more control of your budget. 

5.  PAY LOCAL

Always choose to pay in the local currency rather than sterling as this will save you (more) unnecessary fees

When using any card to withdraw cash or pay for something, always choose to pay in the local currency rather than sterling as this will save you (more) unnecessary fees, which could mean a saving of up to 10% on that tapas dinner.

6. TRY ALL-INCLUSIVE

One great way to keep holiday costs down is to choose an all-inclusive resort; paying up front can be a bit of a shock but it will mean serious savings in the long-run

One great way to keep holiday costs down is to choose an all-inclusive resort. Often different level packages will be offered at the same resort, so be realistic about what you want from a holiday when booking. Are you a foodie? A wine buff? Will you be eating away from the hotel most of the time? Paying up front can be a bit of a shock but it really will mean serious savings in the long-run.

7. WATCH OUT FOR EXTRAS

Package holidays are great value, but make sure you know which essentials are included. Look for information on luggage, transfers, breakfast, WiFi and activities at your preferred locations so that you arrive prepared

Package holidays are great value, but make sure you know which essentials are included. ‘Good deals’ can sometimes turn out to be pricier than the rack rates when we don’t read the small print and end up stranded in an airport in the middle of the night. Look for information on luggage, transfers, breakfast, Wi-Fi and activities at your preferred locations so that you arrive prepared.

8. LOCATION LOCATION LOCATION

We love Jet2holidays’ online guides to their destinations which include maps, a price guide for dinner and a pint and loads of tips on what to do when you are there, whatever your budget

Whether you want to hang out at trendy city cafes or spend lazy days by the pool it’s worth researching your resort to ensure it’s as close to the action (or not) as you need

Do you want to see the sea from your room, or spend your mornings in trendy city cafes? Does holiday time for you mean a total chillax or bar-hopping until the early hours? With so many brilliant low-price options around it’s worth spending a bit of time researching your wish list of resorts to make sure you’ll be as close to the action (or not) as you need, and won’t be spending too much time and money travelling around. We love Jet2holidays’ online guides to its destinations which include maps, a price guide for dinner and a pint, and loads of tips on what to do when you’re there, whatever your budget.

Be savvy with Jet2holidays

Not only does Jet2holidays fly to a vast number of amazing destinations, with a range of hotels to suit everyone, but it is offering £100pp off all holidays.

Not only that, but you can book your perfect getaway right now with just a £60 deposit.

So what are you waiting for?  Get away with Jet2holidays!