Finding a Cheap Package Holiday in August

Finding a Cheap Package Holiday in August

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With the summer school holidays being in full swing, August is one of the most popular months for travel. As a result, prices go through the roof. With families desperate to get away and see somewhere new, it isn’t uncommon that a family trip can set you back thousands of pounds, and that’s before you even get there! But hope is not completely lost when it comes to finding a cheap package holiday in August, there are a few things you can do in order to keep the price as low as possible. DIY booking is an option which I will cover in a separate article, in this post we will focus on booking the best value package holiday in August.

Book as far in advance as possible

People often think that there might be some last minute bargains if they wait. And this can be true for less popular times of travel, it is not true for August. In general, the more people you have wanting to book a specific date, the higher the prices will go. Price drops only happen when the demand is low and companies are desperate to sell tickets. Some companies like Jet2holidays will allow you to only pay a small deposit to secure the advance price, you then have the option to pay in monthly instalments which can make the trip feel more affordable.

The end of August is often cheaper

Booking at the end of August is often cheaper than the start. Families are often keen to get away as soon as the school holidays start, and the idea of arriving home from a holiday the day before school restarts isn’t appealing to many. By travelling in these later weeks you can often save a fair amount of money. Have a look at this chart to get an idea of where you can go and what the different dates will cost. Change the departing airports to the ones you can fly from, and insert the number of people travelling.

Look for free child places

This can be especially great if you have an infant and a young child. Jet2holidays offer free infant places (under age 2) on all their holidays. Many of their holidays also offer free child places in addition to this. If you have an infant and a child, you will only have to pay for the adults travelling. This can save hundreds of pounds and be a great way to bag a cheap package holiday in August. Use this search feature to explore holidays with free child places.

Self Catering vs All Inclusive

Is All Inclusive better value? Well, it depends. In a destination where restaurant and bar prices are expensive, All Inclusive can work out better value if the alternative is eating out for every meal. If you plan to drink a lot of alcohol, this can really ramp up your spending and you may want to consider an All Inclusive package.
It is important to look into what is included with the All Inclusive package, are there snacks available between meals? Are alcoholic drinks limited? Do you have to pay extra for cocktails? Make sure you understand what you are paying for to avoid unexpected spending. The most budget friendly option is often Self Catering, where you get an apartment with a kitchenette and can prepare your own meals. £100 will often do a supermarket food shop for a family on a 7 night holiday. This can work out great for families with picky eaters who may struggle to find restaurants with dishes they will try. It can get very expensive if you are buying restaurant meals for children who then refuse to eat! But some families wont want to cook whilst on holiday, so it really comes down to individual circumstances.
If you plan to explore a lot and wont be in the hotel during the day, you probably wont make the most out of an All Inclusive stay. The bottom line is that one option isn’t better than the other, it comes down to individual preference and plans.

Be flexible on the destination

You can save hundreds of pounds by traveling to the cheapest destinations. You may have your heart set of a particular resort, but another destination may be hundreds of pounds cheaper, and be just as wonderful. Remember to always check a variety of reviews to get a feel for what a place is really like. Our search feature only returns well reviewed options. People are more likely to go online to write a bad review than a good one. Some people leave bad reviews because the staff didn’t smile enough, because it was too lively in the evening, because it was too quiet in the evening, even because the weather wasn’t great during their stay! Take some time to read through the reviews and don’t automatically cross off an option because of a lower review score. What is seen as a negative to one person, might not be to another.
This post was sponsored by Jet2holidays who are a great option for a package holiday. They are reliable and offer great quality trips. You can pay a small deposit and then pay for your summer holiday in monthly instalments.
The links in this article will take you to some useful pages to start your search. These are affiliate links, this means we earn a small commission for any sales made through the link, at no extra cost to yourself. Thank you in advance – Jen

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