How to find the best beach holiday deals

Don't want to pay over the odds for your holiday? It pays to do your research. When it comes to beach holiday deals, prices can fluctuate wildly. Here we take a look at some of the best methods to use and places to look in order to find the cheapest beach holidays available.

There are three main methods of booking beach holiday deals. The first is to use a traditional high street travel agent, the second is to use an online travel agent, and the third is to book the trip direct from the hotels and airlines. Which method you use largely depends on the type of holiday you want. Here are some tips to get the best deal from all three...

High street travel agents

High street travel agents will often use charter flights. Unlike scheduled flights, chartered flights don't necessarily increase in price as the departure date draws closer. High street travel agents may therefore be able to offer some competitive last minute deals. However, to get the best deals, you'll need to be flexible with your dates and destinations.

Online travel agents

Online travel agents generally aggregate information from various providers, allowing you to book your trip in one place. They are therefore less flexible with prices, but do shop around for promotional offers and sales.

Direct booking

Booking direct allows you to tailor-make your holiday to suit your requirements. The key to getting a good deal is to book early and shop around. Comparison sites like skyscanner.com allow you to find the best deal in minutes.

And remember...

When scouring the market for the best beach holiday deals, don't lose sight of your own preferences and priorities. Sure you could score a bargain price for a holiday on the Costa Del Sol, but if you like serene, boutique resorts then you probably won't have a very good time!

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