New Money Saving Ideas

First Choice has come up with an array of offers that include discounts of up to £200 per couple from its Summer 2009 holiday offering. It has also come up with some clever tips on how you can stretch your holiday budget just that little bit further. It is also offering thousands of new free child holiday places, a low booking deposit scheme and has guaranteed that there will be no flight supplements for holidays booked for the summer of 2009.

Prices for holidays commence at (for example) £1269 per family for a seven night holiday in Portugal, where guests will stay at the 4 Sun Holiday Village Algarve. Departures for this holiday are from Gatwick Airport on 2nd May 2009. (Price quoted is based on two adults and two children sharing. It includes all inclusive accommodation, flights, transfers and taxes and charges.

Tim Williamson, First Choice’s customer director, said; “At First Choice, we understand families are feeling the pinch this year and that value for money and financial security are top of the list when it comes to booking their holiday. Research has shown that most families regard their annual holiday as a necessity rather than a luxury, and will still be planning a break this year. So we’ve put together some money saving tips to help your holiday budget go further.”

Amongst some of the tips are:

Book early. With the XL collapse, and with most operators providing less holidays this holiday season, it is felt unlikely there will be many last minute holiday bargains this year, so it’s best to book early and shop around for early booking discounts, instead. This might well be of special importance for those of you with school age children, who must fit their holiday bookings around the school year. Schools were once fairly flexible on ‘educational holidays’ but this flexibility was removed from the system some time ago.

Always book with a well-known ATOL protected operator.

Consider travelling with other families Some operators do provide fairly generous group booking discounts, so could be worth looking into.

By all means, do shop around for foreign exchange rate deals. But please be aware that leaving this to the last minute could cause problems, as you could get slapped in the face by high charges at the airport or your destination or resort.

Also, consider paying for holidays with a Credit (NOT debit) card. This way you could be protected by the 1974 Consumer Credit Act, should something -unfortunately- go wrong with your holiday.

Car hire can be a cheaper way for you to explore a holiday destination. You can book this through APH, which offers good deals not only airport parking but car hire, travel insurance, etc.

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