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7 easy hacks for saving money when booking your summer holidays

Mirror logo Mirror 20/04/2017 Julie Delahaye

© Rex You don't need to blow all of your budget for your summer holidays!

When it comes to booking your trip, there are some really simple tricks that could help you save some serious cash - and you don't need to rely on sales to bag yourself a holiday bargain.

From being Internet-savvy when you search for cheap flights to avoiding pesky airport parking fares and currency exchange fees, just a bit of insider knowledge can go a long way when you're travelling on a tight budget.

App-only bank Revolut revealed their top tips for saving you time and money before you've even set off on your break - check out the best ones below..

1. Turn on private browsing when you're searching for cheaper flights

Airlines and booking websites can record your search history thanks to browser cookies, and are known to increase the total package price when you check the website multiple times, so you could face a surge in price at the check out.

If you switch on private browsing they won't be able to record your searches, making it easier than ever to find the best deal.

Credits: Stockbyte © Provided by Trinity Mirror Plc Credits: Stockbyte 2. Fly in the evening

This may not be a preferred option for shorter breaks, but if you're going away for more than a long weekend then flying in the evening could save you a lot of time and money.

Not only do evening flights tend to cost up to 30% less than daytime flights, but there are often less passengers which means you won't be facing those dreaded airport queues.

3. Avoid expensive airport parking

Leaving your car at the airport could cost you up to £30 per day, but if you really need to travel by car there are affordable alternatives.

Search for nearby park & ride services, many of which offer a shuttle bus from the car park to the gate in just a matter of minutes.

4. Book your holiday in the off-season

The average Brit books their summer holiday between June and August, and many airlines and hotels hike up the prices during these months as a result.

If you can, try booking a summer holiday in May when temperatures are still hot and you could save up to a third off. 

5. Book a shuttle service to get to the airport

If you're not driving, booking a taxi can be an easy option but sometimes the fares can cost the same as an overnight hotel stay.

If you can't face the fees and don't mind sharing with other people, then look into booking an airport shuttle service - it could save you up to 50%. 

6. Sign up to air mile programmes

Most airlines offer rewards for frequent fliers on their air miles programmes. Not only can you enjoy discounted flights, priority boarding and discounts on flight snacks and drinks, but most programmes are free to join and the sign-up process only takes a few minutes. 

7. Avoid fees when using your card abroad

Many banks will charge you when you use your card abroad, or money exchange shops can offer you bad deals on currency rates, so make sure you know your bank's rules before you travel.

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