Bargain-hunters searching for the best-priced getaway have been given a selection of top tips to make sure they get a good deal on their next getaway.
Experts at NetVoucherCodes.co.uk are sharing essential tips to keep costs of a post-pandemic holiday down, including advice on checking for discounts, avoiding costly airport fees and claiming cash back after any delays.
A spokesperson said: “After the last couple of years, most of us are longing for sun, sea, sand and cocktails. With price tags rising, ever-changing exchange rates and all the other extra travel costs we face, that dream vacation can feel a million miles away.
“Restrictions and cancellations have stopped most people from enjoying a restful week in the sun, we decided to put some top tips together to save whilst staying safe.”
Here are the NetVoucherCodes.co.uk money-saving travel tips:
1. Ditch the hotel
Hotels can sometimes be more expensive than renting a self-catering villa. If travelling as a large group, staying in an apartment or villa is a much more affordable option. The larger the group, the bigger the savings per person.
2. Check Brexit impact
Brexit has brought about lots of changes in the way UK residents can travel to the EU. Stricter border checks will be in place and a traveller’s passport must have at least six months until it expires and be less than 10 years-old to travel.
3. Check your EHIC
Anyone travelling in Europe will need a Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC) or an in-date European Health Insurance Card (EHIC). These will give access to treatment at state-run hospitals and GP services at the same cost as locals. Check to see if any existing EHIC is still in date before travelling. If it has expired, apply for a GHIC, which is free on the official NHS website.
4. Be Covid-savvy and safe
While overseas travel is back on, there are still restrictions in place. They are changing regularly, so it’s important to keep up to date with the latest information before booking and travelling.
Looking for trips that are flexible if it comes to changing dates or cancelling altogether. Always check Foreign Office country advice and research an airline’s cancellation policies before booking.
5. Keep eyes peeled for a code
Many big tour operators provide discount codes for package holidays, on top of free child places and last-minute deals. These codes can help save on family holidays to destinations all over the world.
6. Pay with a Credit Card
If the holiday costs more than £100, pay by credit card to be covered if anything goes wrong. Section 75 of the Consumer Credit Act means the credit card company is liable to pay out if there is a problem.
For example, if the airline goes bust, it is possible to get money back from the card company. But make sure to always pay the card off in full by the end of each month to avoid any interest charges.
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7. Don’t pay for airport drop-offs
Many airports have introduced drop-off charges with 19 out of 30 UK hubs billing motorists for the privilege. However, there are free drop-off points that are just a short walk or bus ride away from the terminal. Arriving early and planning ahead can avoid these extra charges. See the airport’s website for specific details on free drop-off options.
8. Don’t trust the star rating
Hotel ratings aren’t standardised worldwide, and many are just an indicator of the facilities rather than the quality. Package tour operators tend to be the most overly-generous offering a star higher. Don’t fall for a faulty star rating and check out the real-life reviews.
9. Compensation for delays
It is possible to claim back for flights that have been delayed for more than three hours or cancelled altogether. Passengers are entitled to between £100 and £600.
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