How to get the best deal on your holiday

Whether you’re looking for a romantic halal honeymoon, a muslim-friendly family holiday or just a quick getaway, there are several aspects to consider that can bring down the price. Asmaa shares some tips for how to get the best deal

  1. This is the most important rule of all: book early! If you have no choice but to travel during school holidays (when the airlines and hotels can double their prices) book as far in advance as possible. Unless you don’t mind being stuck in a 2* self-catering apartment in Lanzarote for a week, you won’t get a cheap deal by booking your holiday two days before!  This rule also applies to those who don’t have to travel during the holiday period, but always check with your travel agent about when they think they hotels will have offers.
  2. Be flexible: If you can leave and return mid-week you could save considerably on your air-fare.  Equally, if you’re happy to travel in the lower season, there are often great deals including Pay 5, Stay 7 or free upgrades to half board, as well as cheaper hotel rates overall. You may get a day of rain, but you’ll still have a fantastic experience wherever you go.
  3. Consider other destinations: If you have your heart set on the Maldives but can’t afford the £1000 per night price tag (note, not everywhere in the Maldives is so expensive!), think about other exciting destinations like Sri Lanka or Thailand which will offer just as much, if not more, to do, see and enjoy. Talk to your agent for ideas and inspiration.
  4. Book a package: It is not always cheaper to book your hotel and flights separately. Your agent will most likely have access to the best deals from airlines and hotels and can pass these savings onto you. Booking both flights and accommodation together with an ATOL protected agent also gives you peace of mind if something goes wrong.
  5. I know I’ve said it already, but I can’t stress enough how important it is to book in advance! The most popular times are after Ramadan and the school holidays. Try to avoid these times if at all possible but if you can’t, don’t leave it ‘til the last minute when your children/partner/parents are complaining that they’re bored and want to get away and you end up in Skegness!
Aalia Mahdi
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