Best hacks to find cheap last minute holiday deals from the UK and how to save on late trips abroad
Take note of these top tips on how to save on late trips abroad
- 09:00, 30 SEP 2016
- Updated 15:45, 5 MAY 2017
Spain, Italy and Greece are popular go-to destinations for British holidaymakers seeking cheap holidays, family escapes and city breaks – and with temperatures rarely below 25 – you’re guaranteed to get your sun fix.
With the cost of holidays abroad rising due to fears over Brexit and the weakening of the the pound against the Euro, many would-be travellers are looking for cleaver ways to beat the price hike.
If you’re looking for a bargain package deal or cheap flights to the Mediterranean, and aren’t quite sure where to start, here are a few insider tips to help you on your quest for the best buy.
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What’s in this guide:
Last minute holiday deals
Voucher codes and cashback savings
1. Top last minute holiday deals
Under 250: Two night holiday to Barcelona staying at the 4* Eurohotel Gran Via Fira from 129pp, includes return flights from London Southend, departing 15 May. Book via Lastminute.com
Under 500: Seven night holidays to Spain staying at the Platinum 4T Port Benidorm on a half board basis from 500 per person. Departing from London Gatwick airport on 25May 2017. Book via thomson.co.uk or call 0871 230 2555.
Under 500: Seven nights holiday to Cote d’Azur, France staying at the 4* Domaine des Naiades from 276pp. Departing 27 May 2017.Book at www.alfresco-holidays.com or call 0161 332 8900
Travel Deals 2017
2. The latest voucher code and cashback savings
The latest voucher code deals we’ve spotted:
- Save 100 per booking on summer holidays with code HOT100. For holidays departing between May and July. Minimum spend is 800.
- Save 150 per booking on long haul holidays with code EXOTIC150. Minimum spend is 1500.
- 40 off off when you spend 800 or more on any holiday with code HOLIDAY40. This offer applies to all destinations and all travel dates.
- 100 off off when you spend 1200 or more per booking with code HOLIDAY100. This offer applies to all destinations and all travel dates.
The best cashback rates we’ve spotted:
3. Where to find cheap flights?
Booking same day flights is a great way to reduce the cost of air fare – and there are plenty of travel sites that offer up to date information about cheap on-the-day flights.
Tripadvisor has a handy list of the lowest fares all day, everyday and you can get round trip fares from as low as 16. While budget airline easyJet has a cheap flights page that lists the best last minute tickets to over 33 different European destinations including Spain and France.
If you’re not brave enough to wait that close to the wire, you can still pick up great flight deals up to a few weeks, or even days, before you want to travel. The key is looking in the right place and being flexible.
Lastminute.com is a trusted source for cheap flights. For the best prices, check the site’s homepage which lists the best offers all year round.
How to find cheap flights
4. Finding cheap hotels
Whether you’re looking for a 5-star resort or a cosy B B, there’s always a bargain hotel deal to be found.
Comparison sites like Skyscanner and loveholidays are experts at scouring through hundreds of deals to bring you a round up of the best prices based on your specifications.
But remember to try out a few – and use the private browser function when you to ensure you’re shown the best online deals everytime.
LateRooms.com also has a secret system, type in ‘secret hotel’ into their site and it’ll bring up a number of hotels in your destination. While Tripadvisor’s top 25 hotels page features wallet-friendly deals on the best hotels, B Bs and resorts across the world.
5. How to nab a great value package deal
If you’re on a budget a package deal can be a great way to take a trip abroad.
There are great value deals to destinations across Europe and the Middle East year-round, and if you time your booking right you can pick up savings to long haul hot spots like Thailand, Florida and New York.
Sites like Expedia regularly share all the latest package deals departing from a number of UK aiports.
Lastminute.com, Travelzoo and Teletext Holidays are also great places to start your search, all offer bargain holidays and update their offers on a daily basis.
Travel operators Thomas Cook and Thomson Holidays also share late deals which you can search for by date or destination. However it’s also checking top airlines like British Airways, Monarch Airlines and Virgin Atlantic who also share their best last minute package deals to going in Europe and further afield.
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