Business Name: Not Just Travel Anglia
Business Type: Service
Key Info: Personal Travel Consultants
Is it cheaper and safer to book a holiday online?
Well to really fly in the face of this myth that it is cheaper to book online; most independent travel agencies can beat online prices these days. We at Not Just Travel offer a price match guarantee – if we can’t match the price we will give you a £50 holiday voucher, so give us a try – what have you to loose. Another aspect of booking online is if you book yourself a flight and a hotel separately you will not be covered by the ABTA codes of practice, you can only get the 100% financial protection from an ABTA registered travel agent. Also if you book separate flights and accommodation you will normally have to pay for the flights in full when you book. Most travel agents will be able to book flights for a small deposit, allowing you to secure your holiday now and pay the balance later.
Also when you search online you will search individual companies to find the beast deals around. As travel agents our powerful search software allows us to search more than 450 companies in one go to find the best deals, including the big companies like Virgin, Thomas Cook, Kuoni, Sandals, P & O Cruises, Cosmos, Warner, Disney, Cunard and hundreds more. Saving you so much time and getting you the best value for your money. Talk to your local Travel Agent – they are there to help.
There is a lot of choice when it comes to finding yourself a holiday and a lot of information, particularly on the internet, so where do you start? First narrow down your destination choices. Are you looking for long haul, short haul or a UK break? The internet is a great tool for finding about information on your destination of choice and helping you to narrow these down. Are you looking for a family holiday, a romantic getaway for 2, an activity lead break or somewhere to relax and do nothing but sip cocktails? What you want to do will help to focus you on a destination, after all if you want to be up and active – sitting on a beach in the Maldives isn’t for you. Similarly if all you want to do is sit on a beach and chill then a holiday in a busy family resort may not be for you. Whatever you decide is the right holidays for you, always give your local travel agent a call just to see what they can do – you may be very surprised at the outcome.
The flights are possibly the most important part of your holiday. Especially if you have no flexibility, it has to be half term week and nothing else. For long haul holiday’s flights are released 11 months in advance and this is generally when they are at their cheapest. Airlines release their seats in batches, once the first batch has been sold they release the next batch, but at a higher price, and then the next batch, and so on. The closer you leave booking the flight to your departure date the more it will cost. Short haul flights are released 6 months in advance and again this is the best time to book them.
If you are not a parent then avoiding the school holidays can save you quite a bit, unfortunately the demand for school holiday travel is so high, the prices reflect this. Whether you need to go in school holidays or not, it is always best to book sooner rather than later, so you can take advantage of tour operator offers, such as free child places or low deposit schemes. The days of hundreds of last minute holiday bargains are over as tour operators are now much better at assessing the number of holidays they are likely to sell and pre-book rooms and flights accordingly. If you’ve set your heart on a particular resort and accommodation or are locked into dates book as early as possible to avoid disappointment. Putting something together yourself at the last minute is tricky, as the low cost carriers’ flights will generally be expensive and are rarely discounted. The only real way to get that last minute bargain is to not care where you go, when you go or what star rating or board you get.
Basically what we are saying is that if you leave it to the last minute, the choices you have will be limited, we are already seeing some of the better hotels and most popular flights fully booked for the school holidays. So book as early as you can.
If you would like more information on booking with your local travel agent or any travel related matters please call Susan or Ian at Not Just Travel Anglia, on 01487 800009 we are your local Personal Travel Consultants.