The holiday season is fast approaching and everyone will soon be stressing over expensive packages, currency transfers and getting to the gate on time.
Here are 10 genius money hacks to save you time and money before booking your next break away!
TURN ON PRIVATE BROWSING FOR CHEAPER FLIGHTS ONLINE
The airlines and booking sites can record your search history by installing cookies on your browser, which explains why your total package price may suddenly surge in price as you approach the checkout. Simply turn on your private browsing before you begin searching for that wonder deal online.
BOOK YOUR HOLIDAY IN THE OFF-SEASON
The average Briton books their summer holiday between June and August, and the airlines and hotels are well aware of this and hike up prices as a result. Instead, consider booking your summer holiday in May when the temperatures are still hot and prices are tup to a third cheaper.
AVOID FOREIGN TRANSACTION FEES
Make sure you don't get charged every time you use your card abroad as it all adds up. Typically banks charge three per cent for each transaction, which doesn't sound like much, but if you end up being charged a few extra pounds every time you buy something it can add up to £5 or £10 a day - which amounts to a lot over the course of a holiday. Instead, look into prepaid foreign currency cards, which mean you won't be charged any fees for spending.
AVOID EXPENSIVE AIRPORT PARKING
You can expect to pay up to £30 each day to park your car in the airport. Whilst this may be convenient for getting from the car to the gate easily, there will be a number of affordable park & ride services surrounding the airport premises, where a shuttle bus will take you from your car to your gate in a matter of minutes.
FLY IN THE EVENING OR EARLY MORNING
Flying in the evening may not seem like the most convenient thing to do, but it can actually save you serious time and money. Evening flights will typically cost 30% less than daily flights, they will tend to have less passengers and queues at your arrival airport will be minimal.
EMAIL YOURSELF A COPY OF YOUR PASSPORT AND DRIVERS LICENCE
In the event of theft and loss, this little tactic will save you time and money when it comes to proving your identification and getting on a flight back home. Otherwise you risk experiencing a timely and expensive process!
BOOK A SHUTTLE SERVICE FOR GETTING TO THE AIRPORT
Booking a taxi can be an expensive option for getting to the airport, sometimes costing the same as an overnight stay in a hotel. Instead, providing you don't mind sharing with other people, book an airport shuttle service that'll cost you around 50% less than a private taxi service.
SIGN UP TO AIR MILE PROGRAMMES
If you happen to be a frequent flyer for business or pleasure, take advantage of air mile programmes and experience a little luxury included discount flights, priority boarding and discounts on flight snacks and drinks. Signing up to air mile programmes is free and will only take a few minutes to complete online.