Cost Tips To Booking Your Holiday Online

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The British travel and tourism industry has seen a 20% rise in the number of holiday bookings online. With such a large scope for booking holidays on the internet, it can seem quite daunting. Here are a few tips for those who are new to online purchasing.

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You don’t have to be a travel agent to organise your perfect holiday anymore, you just need the internet

The number of Britons browsing the internet for holidays this summer has soared by 20%, according to travel agent Thomson. The rise is no doubt due to the incredibly wet weather the UK has endured over the last couple of months. As the number of online searches has increased, offers some advice about how to book your holiday online.

Cost, the online comparison website is always endeavouring to put the customer first, working relentlessly to provide the best deal for them. The experts specialise in sourcing premier products and deals in the areas of insurance, money, utilities and travel. As well as this the team also provide their online users with important information and advice in these sectors, the latest of which is booking holidays online.

Travel expert at Cost shares her opinion on the subject:

“You don’t have to be a travel agent to organise your perfect holiday anymore, you just need the internet. These days you can browse an arsenal of holiday destinations, accommodation, excursions, places to visit, restaurants, hire services and much, much more all from the comfort of your own home. This will sound perfect if you’re a computer savvy individual with a good idea of what you want- but if you’re not, then here are some tips for you”.

Where To Start

If this is the first holiday you’re orchestrating online, it can feel like a very daunting prospect. You may have a good idea of where to look but if not then price comparison websites are usually a good place to start as they comb through hundreds of websites to find the most relevant answer to your holiday search query. There are also a number of forums discussing holiday experiences offering recommendations and reviews all from an independent point of view- the customer.

Get The Best Deal For You    

Firstly, it’s important to remember that the best deal (the cheapest) and the right deal may not always be the same thing. If you are looking for a cheap getaway then the earlier you book the more money you will usually save. Avoid school holidays if you can as they are usually the busiest periods.

Another money-saving top tip is to be flexible as you can. This includes being prepared to travel at unsociable times of the day, going away mid-week, not flying directly to your destination (including stop-offs in your flight) and so on. If you are prepared to be flexible across these criteria then you may find that last minute deals are the cheapest.

Be Aware Of Charges

Regular web-users will not be strangers to extra charges when booking online. Using your credit card to pay for your flights or hotel etc will more often than not incur an extra charge. Using forums is usually the best way to find advice about charges to be aware of as their users are also the customer too.


If you’re new to using the internet for shopping, you may be sceptical about the security of online purchasing. The first piece of advice is to never give out your PIN; no matter how nicely you may be asked, it is not necessary on the web.

Make sure the website is secure. This can be verified by checking the payment page for a padlock symbol- which tells you the website is safe.

Under EU law, companies must include an ‘about us’ and ‘contact us’ page on their website to give you information about them. But if you have any doubts do some further research- try finding it in a travel directory or on a price comparison website.

The team at Cost are dedicated to informing their consumers with the latest news and developments in their field.

Based in Essex, Cost is one of the UK’s leading price comparison sites. Allowing their online customers access to companies offering a range of insurance, financial and travel services, the firm specialise in providing a personal experience. Founded in 2012, the agency has a trusted reputation for sourcing the most ideal policies at affordable prices.

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