The Complete How-To Guide to Booking Holidays Online
So, what do you need to book a holiday online? A computer with an active internet connection will give you more or less all you need to research and book your trip. Having fast internet will prove useful when you’re flicking through tens of sites. Still, you can get by with one that keeps you online through the three to five minutes it takes to process a payment.
Essentially you’re giving yourself less of a headache by booking up with plenty of time to go, but there is at least the option of finding a reasonably-priced holiday at the last minute.
The type of website you go for will rest on your budget. For instance, if you’re looking for a luxury break then it’s best to heard for the search engines and enter a term for your specific destination – i.e. ‘luxury holiday Spain’ (don’t worry about missing out words, the internet knows what you mean).
You’ll find that search engines like Google and Bing will give you the best selection of websites to explore if you’re not really sure on the kind of holiday you’re after. A country, maybe a price range (budget, luxury, cheap etc.) will set you on the right track. This is where being a little more vague can pay off, mainly because you’ll be presented with plenty of other options to compare with some of the places you know (image by
Price comparison sites
If you really are looking to save money on your trips, it’s best to package up all the things you need and head for a price comparison website.
These will compare rates from various tour operators and websites to give you the cheapest holidays that match your criteria. Regardless of what you enter in the first instance, you should be given a run-down of the price, dates, type of holiday and the hotel you’ll be staying at. There might also be an option to view more details about the hotel or the tour provider, which should always be taken.
If you find something you like then it’s the simple task of paying for your break. Most sites will require you to pay via debit or credit card but there’s also the option of Paypal if you’ve set this up for buying with another site.
Perhaps the most important thing is to double check is the cost, as travel operators have a habit of sneaking in extra expenses when you’re not looking. You may have accidentally ticked a box or failed to untick one that upgrades you to the penthouse suite. Note down the cost that was advertised and check this is what you will get billed for, remembering that some websites will throw in a small booking charge.
In addition to checking that all the numbers add up, you’ll also want to review the terms & conditions attached to your break. You don’t want to get to the airport and realize that all you’ve paid for is to reserve your seat on the plane – the real payment still pending.
Double check that you’ve got a way of collecting or being sent your tickets and remember, if an offer’s if too good to be true, it probably is.
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