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How to Save Money on a Family Holiday: Top Cost Saving Tips on Booking a Bargain Break

School’s out – and so will your bank balance be when you book a family holiday during school holidays. Travel companies and airlines have you over a barrel with their peak-time pricing, particularly since the Government has clamped down on taking children on holiday during term-time. Follow our tips on how to save money on finding a family deal.

Book Early ….

When it comes to nabbing a free child place, early-booking incentive, cheap fare or hotel room, you need to book early. It’s also essential if you are tied to travelling on peak dates and want the pick of the best villas or hotel rooms.

Airlines allocate their lowest fares on a first-come, first served basis. Once they’ve gone, prices rise steeply and you can end up paying 10 times as much if you delay booking until the week before departure. Low-cost fares should be booked six to eight weeks in advance. British Airways will take bookings up to 350 days in advance.

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…. or Late

If you are flexible with dates, or don’t mind where you go, you may pick up a discounted late deal. Holidays, flight seats and hotel beds are perishable and will be discounted if they haven’t sold, although there are no guarantees that you will find the holiday you want.

Avoid School Holidays

If your children are too young to go to school, you can save considerable wear and tear on your bank balance and nerves by travelling outside peak dates. Holidays will be much cheaper and airports, hotels and resorts less busy. Even if you have to travel during school holidays, you can make savings by travelling during the few last weeks.

Share with Friends

Sharing the cost of a villa with another family or friends is a good way to keep the budget down. After all, a villa that sleeps 10 people doesn’t usually cost five times more than one that sleeps two.

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Take Advantage of Two for one Deals

Use a good local independent travel agent. Travel agents have access to fares and deals that the general public cannot find – and it costs nothing to book through them. Flights for a family of five to Malta cost the same as a low cost airline but also included lunch and reserved seating – essential when flying with young ones.