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How to find cheap holidays, flights and hotels

If you want to know how to find cheap holidays, flights and hotels, you’ve came to the right place. With the vast number of holidays and flights available, some of them don’t always fill, particular on off-peak dates and low demand destinations. Rather than finding these deals yourself, there are some excellent websites for finding holiday deals, whether you’re looking to travel next week or in 3 months’ time.

Here are some of our favourites sites for how to find cheap holidays:

Holidaypirates.com – holidaypirates.com

Winner of Best Travel Website 2016, without a doubt this is our favourite website for finding cheap flights, hotels, holidays and even includes UK attractions and tickets.

Holiday Pirates logo - How to find cheap holidays

Their team search the web to find error fares and great value deals for worldwide holiday destinations. Their website caters to UK holiday-seekers only so all trips are relevant, however they do have websites for other countries.

Tips: 

  • Use the ‘deals’ filter to narrow your search to specific months, destinations, departure airports or ‘type of deal’. Remember, the broader your search, the more deals will be available
  • Check the website often. We often browse new deals a couple of times a week when looking for our next holiday
  • Sign up to their ‘WhatsApp’ group for regular updates or follow the Holiday Pirates social media pages
  • Be quick to book! The deals are often only available for a limited time so do your research and book as soon as you can
  • You don’t have to go with the full package. Have you found a good deal on flights but don’t like the suggested hotel? Is the departure airport in the deal too far away? You can substitute flights or hotels for the deals and customise to your tastes
  • They also have Germany and USA based websites

Holidaypirates.com doesn’t have anything to catch your eye? Try a similar site but with different deals – myholidayguru.co.uk

Groupon & Wowcher 

Websites such as Groupon and Wowcher offer some great package holiday deals for flexible travellers. They often fly from specific UK airports on specific dates and are for relatively last minute bookings. These holidays are so cheap as they rely on bulk sales to cover the costs and are heavily discounted.

Groupon travel preview

Remember to always check the reviews for a hotel before you visit, sometimes poor quality hotels can pop-up on these sites.

www.groupon.com/getaways

www.wowcher.co.uk/deals/travel

Secret Escapes – secretescapes.com

Secret Escapes is another travel booking website. Slightly different to Groupon and Wowcher, its primary focus is luxury travel for holiday and hotel only deals. This can mean holidays are more expensive, but you still save a lot compared to the usual luxury holiday package prices from travel agents.

What we love most about the site is the professional imagery and enticing destination descriptions. Sign up to their newsletter for regular updates on new deals they post.

Similar to the websites above but targeting 4 and 5 star package holidays, Secret Escapes aims to sell holidays in bulk so you can benefit from a discount. If you live near major London airports or Manchester, this site can be ideal for finding a cheap holiday and it doesn’t necessarily have to be last minute. They also have a deposit feature where you can pay a small down-payment and then pay the rest of the holiday cost nearer to your departure date.

Secret Escapes screenshot - How to find cheap holidays

HotUKDeals – hotukdeals.com

The UK’s biggest deals finding community isn’t just about finding cheap consumer products, it also covers tickets, days out and holidays! Year round there’s always some great user submitted holiday, flight and hotel deals and it’s often the fastest way of finding a new offer.

If you haven’t used the site before, it works on a rating system. Community users post deals they find on other websites/in-store and other members of the vote if something is ‘hot’ or ‘cold’. The hottest temperature listings are often the best deals and ones to watch out for.

To use the site, simply search for generic ‘flights’, ‘hotels’, etc, or a particular destination. Check back regularly as new offers are posted daily.

HotUKDeals holidays - How to find cheap holidays

Flights only deals

Looking for a holiday on certain dates but not sure where to go? Use the Skyscanner calendar view and enter ‘London to ‘Wordwide’ to see the cheapest flights on your dates to destinations all over the world. Be inspired! Find out more about finding cheap UK flights in our guide here.

Now you know how to find cheap holidays, all that’s left to do is keep alert for when a good deal pops up on the above websites! Remember to be flexible on dates and destinations if you can and check the websites above regularly. All of the above websites are great for finding extra special holiday deals and are worth bookmarking and regularly checking back.

If you’re looking for last minute deals for a specific destination, travel agents (in-store and online) can also be a good option. Remember to always price the holiday yourself if you were to book separately and compare the savings with the package deal.



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