Get the Best Deals If You Are Booking a Holiday

Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England), January 30, 2017 | Go to article overview

Get the Best Deals If You Are Booking a Holiday


Byline: MARTIN LEWIS

IT'S cold, wet, and miserable, so no wonder this is the peak summer holiday booking period. However, with the pound low against the dollar and the euro, this year it's likely to be a challenge to get decent prices on hotels, car hire and more, so here are my 10 top tips for keeping costs down..

1. Pocket the perfect plastic: Spend abroad and most credit cards add a 3% 'non sterling transaction fee' and some add on other charges.

There are specialist cards which don't - look at creation.co.uk Everyday card and halifax.co.uk Clarity. They usually smash the best bureau de change rates.

Only do this if you'll repay IN FULL each month, to avoid the 18.9% ish representative APR. It's worth noting that, if you withdraw foreign cash, you will pay interest even if you clear in full, but even then they're still not that costly.

For info on top cards, and an eligibility calculator go to mse. me/payabroad 2. One hotel room can have hundreds of prices: Use trivago.co.uk or travelsupermarket.com for a wide ranging search to see if it's cheaper eleswhere (and call the hotel to see if it'll beat the price). 3. Car hire: Book early and buy insurance elsewhere. If hiring abroad, generally early booking is cheaper. There are three key steps: a) Try kayak.co.uk, carrentals.co.uk and, if needed, skyscanner. net, to get the cheapest.

b) Check stealth fuel charges.

Some try to make you pay for a full tank and let you return it empty - adding PS80ish if you don't drive far. The above, apart from Kayak, let you filter by fuel policy.

c) They'll often try to fear sell you up to PS25/day insurance on top - to cover the large excess. Instead use excess insurance comparison site moneymaxim.co. uk before you go and you can often find a policy from PS2 a day. Even so, the car hire firm will ask you to leave a deposit on a credit card which can be [euro]1,000+. 4. Find best holiday cash: Use travelmoneymax. …

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