Travel agents v online booking
It’s nice to get away from it all. A spur of the moment holiday can be the best way to
escape for a bit of welcomed sunshine and family time. Around 26% of travellers wait until the last minute to book their travel,according to the Telegraph.
But are they rewarded for their spontaneity?
Will it be cheaper?
It isn’t an exact science. While there is the possibility of saving money, there is also the potential of missing out on your desired destination or forking out above average prices to get into the hotel you had set your heart on. You can find cheaper deals and save money if you are willing to:
- Be flexible with your destination and type of holiday.
- Look into city accommodation. This is often cheaper on the weekends, as they generally target business travellers during the week.
Use a travel agent or go it alone?
Using a travel agent can give you some peace of mind surrounding flight cancellations, hotel standards and expert travel advice. In some instances, travel agents will get cheaper deals than those provided to the private traveller, other times you’re better off booking the holidays yourself. To ensure you’re getting the best deal, consider the following steps:
- Use the internet and look into arrangements yourself. Make notes on the providers, prices and policies.
- Compare your figures to those of the travel agent. If their offers are more expensive, try and negotiate a better deal.
Where to look online
The Internet is awash with travel booking sites. Third party providers compare airfares and accommodation from a range of suppliers. Expedia, Skyscanner and Travel Supermarket will allow you to search for the best deals. Remember:
- Check the cancellation policy.
- Are there hidden costs - booking, reservation or credit card fees?
- Read the terms and conditions - be sure that the deal isn’t too good to be true.
- Will you need WIFI? Check if this is included to save the data bill on your phone.
- Does the accommodation include breakfast? This can save time and money, allowing you to make the most of your destination.
Lose the baggage
One in five travellers get hit with unexpected baggage costs, according to research reported by the Guardian. With the average cost of baggage fees around £25, it pays to avoid bringing any extra luggage.
Breaking down the potential costs is a fun and practical way to get excited about your upcoming trip. Determining your budget and factoring upfront will help ensure your spontaneous getaway doesn't extend past your means.
It’s no wonder so many Britons love a summer getaway. Spending time with your family in a new environment is a wonderful way to create memories that you’ll cherish.
Last minute booking can save you money if you approach it with an open mind and a careful eye. Remember, you are competing with 26% of all travellers who have also left their booking to the last minute. For this reason, it pays to do some research and be open to new travelling experiences.
So, where are you going this weekend?
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