How to save money on your holiday

Jenai Laignel / 05 January 2015

As the economy continues to bite, we’re all looking at ways to get the most from our holidays without spending as much.

Here are the best ways to save money on your next holiday.

1. Book your flights early... and fly on Tuesday

When it comes to flights, the early bird always catches the worm. Airfares are always at their cheapest months ahead of schedule and are only likely to get more expensive closer to departure.

If you have a choice of departure day when booking your flights, always chose a Tuesday. A major study by consumer group Which? last year found that Tuesday was, on average, the cheapest day to fly out of the UK, whilst Sunday was the most expensive day.

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2. Take a last minute holiday

Flights may be more expensive nearer to departure, but you can often get a great deal when booking a holiday at the last minute.

Popular holiday companies such as Warner Leisure Hotels, cottages4you and James Villa Holidays all feature late deal sections on their websites and due to Saga’s unique partnerships with these companies, you can also take advantage of exclusive additional savings on every holiday.

See all late deals from Warner Leisure Hotels

3. Go self-catering

Self-catering holidays have grown in popularity in recent years and it’s not hard to see why. You’re in control of what you spend, with the freedom to come and go as you please.

Shopping in local supermarkets and cooking your own food is always cheaper, especially if you’re holidaying with children or grandchildren. Try James Villa Holidays for villas in Europe and America, or cottages4you for holidays closer to home in the UK

Save up to 10% on self-catering holidays

4. Book an all-inclusive break

Many companies, including Saga Holidays, offer all-inclusive packages to help you get a great deal on your holiday. These can offer exceptional value as virtually everything is included in a single price, from full board and a free bar to activities and entertainment.

It's a great way to keep your costs down and conveniently manage your holiday budget – have a look at Saga's all-inclusive holidays.

Search Saga's all-inclusive holidays

5. Pre-book your airport hotel and parking

Arranging your airport parking and airport hotel in advance is a great way to ensure you save money. Book in advance and you can save up to 60% on the rate you’d be offered on the day.

Holiday Extras, the market leader, offer Saga customers an exclusive 10% discount off their best prices, as well as a Best Price Guarantee.

6. Get a great deal on car hire

The world of car hire can be a real minefield of cheap-looking deals and sometimes it pays to go with the reputed brands. Hertz offer Saga customers 10% off all car hire and a free additional driver, a handy extra which could otherwise cost you a lot more.

One other handy tip – it’s always worth taking photos of your car when you pick it up and when you return it.

Saga customers – save up to 20% on Hertz car hire in their Spring Sale

7. Pre-arrange your foreign currency

Never, ever change your money at the airport – that’s the golden rule. You’ll always pay more than you will by buying in advance, so make sure you pre-order it online.

Many companies, including Saga Travel Money, offer 0% commission and free next day home delivery, so you don’t even have to leave your home.

8. Use a card that doesn’t charge you when abroad

Most credit and debit cards used abroad add a 3% cost to the exchange rates banks themselves get. You can avoid this by using a credit card that doesn't add this additional cost, meaning you'll get perfect exchange rates and save yourself a great deal of money over the course of your holiday.

The Saga Platinum credit card is one of very few that doesn't add charges for foreign currency transactions.

Did you know that you could gain access to a host of exclusive savings?
To view all of Saga's exclusive Travel and Leisure deals, visit our Partner Discounts page.

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The material is for general information only and does not constitute investment, tax, legal, medical or other form of advice. You should not rely on this information to make (or refrain from making) any decisions. Always obtain independent, professional advice for your own particular situation.