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Now is the ideal time to book your summer get away with some amazing discounts and deals to be had. Here’s how to find and book your next holiday for less.

The Early Bird Catches The Worm…

When it comes to booking holidays, the early bird really does catch the worm, but only if you’re looking to book your holiday during the school holidays as this period is famously the most expensive time to travel as demand for flights and hotels is high. Booking your holiday early means you get your pick of destinations, flights and travel dates. You don’t have to compromise on your holiday, plus, you benefit from early booking discounts and offers. It also means you have a longer time period to pay off your holiday, if you’re paying in instalments.

Booking early sees a huge range of discounts as travel companies need to fill places on their packages. Hotels and air travel companies also need to ensure their hotels and flights are full, if not they’re losing money. Travel operators therefore offer discounts to tempt customers to book their holiday.

What Kinds Of Discounts Can You Get?

Booking early can give you some great discounts such as free child places, money off flights or extras- such as free transfers or meals on flights. With all discounts and offers make sure you know exactly what you’re getting and how much money it’s saving you. Some discounts and offers sound like they’re saving you a lot of money, but in reality they’re not.

Best Offers*

All Inclusive

Thomson –Save 10% when you book online, PLUS save an extra £50

Thomas Cook- Summers holidays from £150 pp

First Choice Holiday Deals



Butlins from only £85 pp

Haven- Save up to 50% on touring and camping holidays

Hoseasons- Up to £200 off summer holidays

Pontins- 2015 holidays from only £59 per apt


Does The Early Bird Catch The Worm?

It might not be as simple as booking your next holiday as early as possible, however. If you’re planning on travelling abroad outside of term times, or looking to book your holiday yourself online, booking later could be a better option for you. If you’re flexible about where you travel to and when, then you could save more money by booking last minute.

What’s more, you now have more choice than ever when it comes to holiday destinations and finding the best deals. You can do your research yourself, finding the best flights, hotels and holiday extras all at the click of a mouse. Whilst it means you have to do all the legwork, the rewards could be great.


When it comes to staycations the same (ish) rules apply. If you’re holidaying during term time then you should book your holiday early. This is to ensure popular destinations aren’t booked up and it’s worth seeing if you can get an early booking discount. Similarly, if you’re looking to use public transport, booking early can see you get better deals and discounts on travel.

However, if you’re flexible on where you’d like to travel to, what dates you’re travelling and where you’d like to stay, booking last minute could see you grab a great deal.

Top Tips For Booking A Holiday

If you have kids:

  • Book early for early booking discounts
  • Shop around and compare prices
  • Don’t just book for the summer holidays, it may be cheaper to book for the October half term
  • Look at package holidays in particular

If you don’t have kids:

  • It may be cheaper to book last minute, as you’re more flexible on dates
  • Book out of season- during term time for example
  • Shop around and compare prices
  • Look at using sites like Expedia and Travel Supermarket to get good deals

Read more tips here and here


*Offers correct as of 27/01/15