How To Save Money When Booking Travel

We’ve all been there before – we’re desperate to get away but just not sure how we can afford it. If the grey skies and falling leaves of autumn are beginning to get to you and you fancy a break from the monotony of everyday life then here are my best tips on how to save money when booking fights, hotels and everything else.
Save Money When Booking Travel

Skyscanner

I absolutely love this website¬†and use it all the time when searching and booking flights. It’s a flight price comparison website that allows you to search different airports, different dates, different airlines and many other variables quickly and easily to find cheap flights¬†to worldwide destinations. They also have the ability to search for flights from a certain airport to ‘everywhere’ and it brings up the cheapest places to fly to on your selected dates. I think this is probably the coolest thing ever and I absolutely love the ability to find the cheapest flights to anywhere.
Save Money When Booking Travel

Fly on a Wednesday

Research has shown that this is normally the cheapest day to fly. Simple.

How to Save Money When Booking Travel

Discount Vouchers

When you’ve picked your flights, hotels, resort transfers or anything else online simply type into Google ‘_____ discount codes/promo codes/voucher codes’. Google will then bring up a number of discount code websites that might just contain sneaky deals on your chosen product. You’ll very often find 10% discounts, and sometimes even more. An excellent way to save a few extra pounds when booking travel!
Save Money When Booking Travel

Trivago

Trivago is just like Skyscanner, but for hotels. It allows you to find which websites are selling hotel rooms at the best prices, all in the one place with minimal effort required. Perfect!
Save Money When Booking Travel

Plan Ahead

Once you arrive at your destination airport you’ll find yourself needing to get from the airport to your accommodation. It’s more often than not cheaper to book your travel from the airport to your final destination in advance. Many airport bus/coach/train travel transfers offer a discount if you book your ticket online before you travel. This is an easy way to save a few extra pounds that can be spend on fun things during your trip.
HOW TO SAVE MONEY WHEN BOOKING TRAVEL

So, these are my top tips on how to save money when booking travel. What are yours? I’d love to know in the comments section below.

15 Responses to How To Save Money When Booking Travel

  1. Renuka

    Helpful tips! My only tip is to save money in advance!

  2. Christina

    Great article – haven’t heard of Trivago and I always find myself grumbling about the cost of transportation from the airport but I never look into alternative methods! Thanks :)

    • Emma Gray

      Glad you like it. Thanks for commenting!

  3. Bruce

    Or get a very good travel agent who can do all of the above for you and provide financial protection for your money that none of the above websites offer!

    • Emma Gray

      Yeah that’s very true, Bruce. I’ve never had any problem with any of the websites I’ve mentioned though and always find travel agents more expensive.

  4. Bruce

    Yes Emma, but you are giving advice to others and people have certainly lost money through lack of financial protection with Trivago, Clever Hotels recent receivership for example. http://www.trustpilot.co.uk/review/www.trivago.co.uk
    In addition there is no financial protection for many of the suppliers on Skyscanner plus Skyscanner cannot access any airline consolidator fares which are usually even cheaper for some destinations. I have been a travel agent for 32 years and if I was always more expensive why would more and more customers want to book with me? I like your writing Emma and have followed you on twitter for quite some time but even with my experience I would not dream to recommend just a few websites to people. Travel is a vast and complex industry and the best advice always, is to shop around be it websites, suppliers even travel agents but always ask about financial protection – who is safest to trust with your hard earned money!

  5. Jennifer Moth

    I am bookmarking this article as there’s some really good advice here. Thanks.

    • Emma Gray

      I’m glad you found it useful, Jennifer :)

  6. Angus

    Great tips!

  7. Ryan P

    Some great tips here Emma, thanks for sharing.

    • Emma Gray

      Glad you liked them. Thanks for reading :)

  8. Empty Rucksack

    We used lastminute.com very often its a great website too. Have to use skyscanner yet. Thanks for the tips.

    • Emma Gray

      Yeah I’ve used that one before too :)

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