There are thousands of cheap holiday deals for summer and winter 2015/2016 – you just need to know where to look and where to go. We’ve collected top tips to help you bag great cheap holiday deals online from using the latest discount codes to picking a great value destination.
How to find cheap holiday deals in 2015/2016
Finding cheap holiday deals online is only half the battle. You then have to sieve through the results to find the one that’s perfect for you, but even then you may be wondering if you could have saved more. Here are five top tips to ensure you get thevery best cheap holiday deals going for 2015/2016:
1. Shop around
In a bid to find the best cheap holiday deals, you will have to spend some time shopping around, comparing the cost of flights and holidays online. Companies such as Skyscanner, Booking.com and Expedia are invaluable, just remember to double check your findings on other comparison websites or even with the airline, resort or holiday company, as you may find there’s a discount for going direct. For example, when you book with Thomson online, you will automatically get 10% off, on top of any other deal or promotion.
2. Use online deals & discounts
So you’ve browsed a load of cheap holiday deals and are ready to book – stop! Before booking, do a quick check to see if there’s an online discount code or cash back option that could help you save even more. Sites such as Weather2Travel.com, Savoo, and Top CashBack are all good places to start.
3. Be flexible
No one likes a 4am start, especially when you’re trying to get a flight from a thoroughly inconvenient airport however, you might be surprised by how much you could save if you’re prepared to put up with a little hassle. If you’re simply after nice weather and not too fussed about where you go to get it, you’ll also open up a world of opportunity when it comes to finding cheap holiday deals.
4. Know your airline
Avoid any nasty surprises at the airport by reading your airline’s small print. Some charge you extra for checking in at the airport, not to mention luggage that’s overweight or not paid for in advance online. Make sure you know all the details of your chosen airline and/or cheap holiday deal so you don’t end up paying any hefty extra fees on departure.
5. Get to know your destinations
Thanks to the evolution of the Internet, the world is now an incredibly small place, which is great news for those booking cheap holiday deals, as it gives you the chance to read up on your chosen destination and find loads of insider tips. From Tripadvisor and Gadling to travel networks such as wayn.com and big name blogs, your reading material is endless. Look out for local advice on cheap places to eat, drink, visit, shop and more.
Top cheap holiday destinations
The answer to this varies depending on the time of year as well as how far you’re prepared to travel. In summer, you will find countless cheap holiday deals and last minute escapes with the likes of Jet2holidays, easyJet holidays and Monarch to places across Europe and the Med.
Meanwhile, in winter many of the major airlines and holiday companies, such as British Airways, First Choice, and Thomson, offer great savings on long haul breaks. Don’t be put off if a destination is far away and perhaps a little pricier to get to, as certain places are incredibly cheap once you arrive, such as Goa in India and Bali in Indonesia.
To give you a helping hand when it comes to finding cheap holiday deals in 2015/2016, we’ve selected a few of the best great value destinations based on accessibility, affordability and great holiday weather.
Best for families: the Canary Islands
The Canary Islands take this top spot for a number of reasons: firstly, no matter where you go be it Gran Canaria, Fuerteventura, Lanzarote, Tenerife or possibly one of the other islands, the climate is pleasant all year round. In summer the temperature peaks in the high twenties to low thirties, while in winter it rarely sinks much below the low twenties. Secondly, it’s easy to get to (around four hours depending where you fly from/to) with numerous low cost flight options as well as cheap holiday deals.
For families on a cheap holiday deal, the Canary Islands also provide a wealth of things to do from world famous theme and water parks such as Siam Park in Tenerife, Aqualava Waterpark in Lanzarote, and Angry Birds Activity Park in Gran Canaria among many others. There’s also a wealth of other outdoor activities from water sports such as surfing and snorkelling in summer, to hiking and cycling in winter.
Best for couples: Cuba & Puerto Rico, Caribbean
Thanks to a surge in low cost long haul flights from the UK, you can set your sights on the white sands and crystal clear waters of the Caribbean this winter for a truly romantic escape. Cuba is on the up, and fast, but it’s still a bargain once you arrive. There are many beach resorts offering great value holidays, while out and about food and drinks are cheap. As for Puerto Rico, here too you’ll find plenty of cheap holiday deals on accommodation, and if you hit the local markets you’ll find budget friendly fresh fruit, food, and local drinks.
For couples after cheap holiday deals, check out offers from Norwegian that, from winter 2016, will fly direct to Puerto Rico, and Thomas Cook that, from December 2015, will start new routes direct from Glasgow to Holguin and the beach resorts of Varadero. You will also find a range of great value fares from Virgin Holidays to destinations in the Caribbean during the sale.
Best for groups: Cyprus
Whether you fancy a week of nonstop partying or plan on finding a stylish villa with your private pool to just relax and have a good time, groups looking to getaway with a cheap holiday deal have it easy. There are many places you could go, but a holiday to Cyprus takes some beating. For something loud and lively, head to Ayia Napa with its super cool clubs, bars and fun filled vibe. For something a little more tame, head to the resorts of Paphos and Larnaca where you’ll find the best of both worlds.
Between May and October the weather is especially good for enjoying the beach and late nights in Cyprus, and no matter what your budget there will be plenty of cheap holiday deals to choose from. Try Olympic Holidays and lowcostholidays for some excellent cheap holiday deals to Cyprus.
Wherever your next break takes you, just remember to do your research and browse the latest cheap holiday deals for 2015/2016 before booking.