Our Voucher hub is brought to you here to help you save money when organising that summer holiday. The voucher hub below gives you numerous ways you can save some cash and make big savings. Dont leave sorting your holiday money out until its time to go – do it now. Below our Voucher hub illustrates 10 ways to do this now.
We hope you find this little voucher hub with all the latest tips and tricks to save you money useful.
|1.||Summer holiday ‘lates’ are go. Super-cheap package holiday ‘lates’ go on offer 8-10 weeks before the trip date. So some summer deals are now launching, eg, a week in Greece 3-star B&B £212 per person in June. If you’re flexible, leave it later for bigger discounts. Help in Package Holiday Haggling.|
|2.||Ensure you’ve a super-cheap card for spending overseas. Most credit & debit cards add a hidden 3% load, eg, spend £100 worth of euros and it costs £103. Yet some specialist credit cards are load-free, so you get unbeatable, PERFECT exchange rates in all countries: Halifax Clarity, Post Office*, for over 50s Saga* (and for Nationwide FlexAccount holders, its Select*card).ALWAYS set up a direct debit to fully repay each month, or the 11.9%-16.9% rep APRs defeat gains. See Top Overseas Cards and Official APR Examples.|
|3.||Urgently check your EHIC isn’t expired — 4m run out in 2012. EHIC cards mean you get treatment in state-run EU hospitals at the same price as a local. (If it’s free for them, it’s free for you). Yet many get false comfort as they’re holstering out-of-date cards. How to check & update in Free EHICs.|
|4.||Get travel insurance when you BOOK – it can be only £16/yr. Don’t leave it till you’re travelling, or you miss out on cancellation and collapse cover. Full help & best buys (inc over 55s) in Cheap Travel Insurance. For quick links…Cheapest single trip policies:
Use the comparison sites at MoneySup*, Confused.com* and Squaremouth*Cheapest annual policies for under 55s – that meet min cover levels:
Annual wins if you trip away more than twice a year. For 18-30s in Europe, TravelGuard’s* cheapest at £16. Otherwise, for Europe or worldwide it’s Protect Your Bubble*, from £25-£40 for singles and £34-£56 for couples & families. But Virgin beats them if you do a full comparison at MoneySup*.
|5.||Booking a flight? Do it ASAP. While booking late’s cheapest for packages, for scheduled flights early booking usually wins, so you’re not left competing against ‘need to go at any price’ business travellers. Yet ensure you use the right comparison site for the task. Full help in Cheap Flights.
Know when and where: Combine Skyscanner*, Kayak* & TravelSup*
Cheapest budget Europe flights anytime: Try our FlightChecker.
Cheapest charter flights: Combine Flightsdirect*, Avro* & TravelSup*.
|6.||Sort car hire now and you can get it for £10/day or less. Early booking via comparison sites Kayak* & Car Rentals* can sometimes find cars in Europe under £10/day. Don’t let ‘em flog you extra insurance, get your own car hire excess insurance at a fraction of the cost. Full help in Cheap Car Hire.|
|7.||Don’t assume your driving licence & breakdown cover are valid abroad. If you’ll drive outside the EU, check if you’ll need an International Driving Permit. If you’re taking your own car to Europe, ensure you’ve Cheap European Breakdown Cover and speak to your car insurer.|
|8.||NEVER wait till the airport for holiday money. They know you’re a captive customer, so give shocking rates (even compared to their own non-airport bureaux). If you must do it, at least pre-order online for better rates — better still, use our Travel Money Comparison to find top rates.|
|9.||Going to the USA? You need an ESTA. UK citizens holidaying in the US don’t need a visa, but must pay $14 for an ESTA before they go. Beware spam sites flogging these, see ESTA Help.|
|10.||Find super-cheap posh secret hotel deals by turning detective. Lastminute* and Hotwire* have heavily discounted anonymous 3-5* UK & world hotels deals, eg, 3 nights Sheraton Dubai £190, not £300. A host of tricks, including Google keyword searches, can Uncover the Secret Hotels.|