Great Bargain Getaways

If your holiday fund is looking a little diminished and you’re trying to make it stretch, don’t despair. There are a wonderful array of package holidays offers out there to choose from – it’s just a matter of finding the one that works best for you and your budget.

Late holiday offers continue to be one of the cheapest ways to book a package break. Last-minute holidays – ie. those leaving within the next few weeks – are usually reduced in price to sell off pre-paid stock. Tour operators buy hotel rooms and flight seats in bulk, package them together and sell them the package onto customers at a profit. Any that are still unsold a month or so before departure are then sold off at a cheaper rate, enabling the tour operator to claw some of their investment back.

 Destinations vary and often include European favourites such as Spain, Greece and Turkey. Mid-haul destinations are often popular late-deal choices too, such as Sharm el Sheikh in Egypt and the Canary Islands’ ever-popular destinations of Tenerife, Lanzarote and Gran Canaria. But you’ll also find long-haul destinations such as Florida, the Caribbean and Thailand. So it’s always worth asking yourself, just how far can you make that budget stretch…?

 If you’re happy to make your own way and book your return flights and accommodation independently, you’ll find plenty of low-cost flights available to many hundreds of sun-soaked beach destinations and bustling cities. The best advice when booking a scheduled flight is to book well ahead – ideally six months or more. Unlike package holidays which get cheaper the closer you get to the departure date, scheduled flights work the opposite way. So unless you want to get stung for an expensive seat on a no-frills airline, get organised and book your seats as far ahead as possible.

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