When it comes to tours, there are a few tricks of the trade that every traveller should know. Holidays are worth every penny, but savings are always welcome! Just imagine all the ways you could use the extra pocket money – stay a little longer, buy more souvenirs, upgrade your flight or lash out on an exquisite dinner on the road. Here’s a quick guide to a few of the easiest ways to save money on your next tour booking.
If you're the kind of traveller who likes to get in early and lock in your next trip well in advance, you might just be booking in perfect time for the earlybird season. If not, then get organised and start making those big decisions so you can! Both airlines and tour providers regularly release earlybird fares with great discounts to secure numbers early. There can be limited numbers of these cheapest deals though, so the sooner you get in the better.
Return passenger & multi-trip discount
Tour companies love having loyal customers and many companies show it by offering return passenger discounts. If you know you've travelled with a tour company before and enjoyed the experience, then this is definitely one great way to save money. Even if you’re doing a number of tours on the same holiday, you may be entitled to a multi-trip discount if they’re all booked at the same time. The rules can differ with different companies though, so be sure to check the details first.
Group booking discount
Travelling in groups has many advantages - far more than just extra company and the safety net of travelling with a bunch of like-minded souls. It's also a great way to save! So if you think you and your travel companions will take up more than two or three seats on tour, enquire about the minimum number of passengers required for a group discount. If you're just shy of the golden number, who knows, you might even be able to convince an extra friend or family member to join in and snag that saving.
If you're the adventurous kind who doesn't mind travelling on a whim, if you’re flexible about when you travel and if you’re not picky about the destination, grabbing a last minute deal could be the perfect way to decide on your next holiday. It does involve a bit of luck though, so if you have a specific destination and timeframe in mind for your travels, leaving your booking to the last minute is not something we’d recommend – just in case you miss out altogether!
If you’re a regular traveller, don’t forget to check how many points or miles you have with any frequent flyer programs you’re a part of. It could help you save cash on the cost of the flight, or you could use the points to upgrade to business class, gain access to airport lounges or make the most of a whole host of other benefits. Wherever you go, always do your research and check which airlines you can claim on your frequent flyer program and look into the cost of signing up to new programs for even more benefits.