The best day to book a money saving all-inclusive holiday

If you’ve ever tried to grab a reduced bargain at the supermarket or bought anything on an auction site such as eBay, you’ll know that sometimes getting a good deal is all just a matter of timing. For all-inclusive holidays this rule also applies. But it’s not always a matter of how far in advance you book your holiday, but on which day and specifically what time of day you make a booking.

Surely holiday prices are set in stone?

The price of your break abroad isn’t quite as static as you might feel it should be. It can be influenced by the way that tour operators work. Like any business, tour operators are out to make money, with the aim of making sure that there’s a healthy profit in it for them. This means that there’s not a simple all-inclusive pricing formula. This is along the lines of ‘flight cost + hotel cost + food cost + markup = the cost of your all-inclusive break abroad’. In some respects, it would be pretty great if this was the case, but there’s much more going on behind the scenes.

How do holiday companies work out their prices?

Of course, some of this formula applies as tour operators have a bottom line, profit margins to worry about. But how they work out their prices is based more on a supply and demand model. This model has become more intelligent as the years have moved on. Rather than prices changing when a new brochure comes out, with the advent of the internet the cost of a break abroad can practically be updated in real-time. It’s one of the reasons that you find that holidays are sold at such odd prices, ending in what seem like a random number rather than the traditional ­99 format.

When is the best time to book a holiday

How do they update their prices so quickly?

The internet! In previous years, a company would have to look at past performance and changes in trends to figure out what sort of demand there would be for their services. Now it’s easy for tour operators to figure out who’s looking into which holidays and adjust their prices accordingly. They simply by looking at what people are looking at on their websites.

Because it takes time for them to put their prices up if demand increase, there’s a sweet spot when an all-inclusive holiday bargain can be scored.

When is the best time to book an all-inclusive holiday?

Tuesday morning at around 10 am.

Why is Tuesday morning the best time to book a holiday?

It’s the day that holiday companies tend to adjust their prices to account for any shifts in demand. They use the data they’ve gained up until Monday night to decide how much to put their prices up by the next day.

There’s no guarantee that this method will result in a massive saving on your break abroad, but it could help to shave off a few pounds from the total cost. There are of course a few other methods that could help you save some cash.

Are there any dates I should book if I want to save money?

Keeping the supply and demand model in mind, it won’t be much of a surprise to learn that holiday prices shoot through the roof during the summer. Particularly during the school summer holidays. If you can book to travel outside of term time you’ll save quite a bit. But if not it’s generally accepted that Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday are cheaper days to travel on. Friday and Sunday cost the most.

To put it another way; simply travelling on a different day of the week could result in a much cheaper break abroad.

Is there anything I can do if I book my holiday online?

Practically every website uses Cookies. They’re usually used to see who has visited a particular website and what they’ve done since they arrived, and it’s this data that some holiday companies can use to adjust their prices.

You can prevent your browsing habits from potentially influencing the price of your all-inclusive holiday by limiting what tour operators can learn from you when visiting their website:

  • Browse incognito. If you browse the internet on Chrome or Firefox you have the ability to open an incognito or private window. Just click the 3 vertical dots in Chrome or the hamburger menu icon in Firefox. This will mean that any logins, information about your location and other bits of information that can be used to identify you won’t be visible when you visit a tour operator’s website.
  • Clear your browser history. An alternative method to keeping your identity and browsing habits hidden is to clear your web browser history. But keep in mind that for this to work you would need to do this every time you visit another website.

 

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Journey Shrinker

Article by:
Journey Shrinker
26th January 2017

 

The head lice headache

As a parent, one of our biggest headaches is head lice. Term started up again last week and already our daughter brought them home! We check her hair regularly and recently we all treated ourselves as a precautionary measure. There are hundreds of treatments available and we’ve spent hundreds of pounds on treatments last year alone. They’re a real bug of mine.

When notifying the school….again, they referred me to the Save Money: Good Health programme on ITV last night and it was a revelation! A lab on the show tested some of the most popular treatments so I’m sharing the results.

Head lice products put to the test:

Hedrin Once Spray Gel – A silicone based spray which suffocates the lice by coating them in silicone.
Hedrin Once Spray Gel eliminates head lice and their eggs in adults and children aged 6 months and over.

It works by physically smothering the lice and also contains Penetrol which helps the product to penetrate louse eggs in order to kill them. The gel can safely be used as often as required without lice developing resistance.

Puressentiel Anti-Lice Lotion – A 100% natural product.
Puressentiel Anti-Lice eliminates lice, larvae and nits in complete safety. Its 100% natural formula, that is free from neurotoxic insecticides.

Lyclear – An insecticide.
Lyclear Sensitive lotion is the first gentle to hair and skin head lice treatment to kill head lice & eggs in 1 application only..Its double action formula with Oxyphthirine® kills head lice and makes them inactive in all stages of their life.

ITV’s lab results:

Hedrin Once Spray Gel – Killed all the lice in the experiment.
Puressentiel Anti-Lice Lotion – Mixed results, some lice were killed others were fine.
Lyclear – No lice were killed – head lice are becoming tolerant to this type of treatment as it leaves a residue on the hair.

The recommendation:

The experts advised parents to use a silicone based spray or lotion that coats the lice and suffocates them. They are effective 99% of the time. This is also a long term option, as head lice cannot become tolerant to being starved of air! Look for the ingredient Dimeticone which will be labelled on the packaging.

From now on I won’t be “wasting” my money on the insecticides and natural products. I just hope that others follow suit and we can prevent our daughter from catching them in future.

Let us know your experiences with head lice and any tips you have for dealing with the blighters.

Here’s the link to the programme for your reference. It’s only available for another 30 days.

Kate Holroyd – 18th January 2017

Is the daily school run putting you out of pocket?

A surprising new study by Motorpoint has revealed that fuel costs can cause financial hardship for almost a fifth of parents.
The survey found that 17% of parents felt the school run was putting real strain on their family’s finances with the additional petrol costing the household over £300 a year alone.
With yearly trips adding up to well over 100 hours each year, of those taking part in the survey, almost 50% admitted they would spend much less time ferrying their kids around if they had the option.

Not only is there a substantial time investment implicated, parents are also clocking up extra thousands of miles per year taking their children from one place to the next.

Most Common Reasons for Taxiing Children:

1. The School Run
2. Extra Curricular Activities and Competitions
3. Doctor / Dental Appointments (etc.)
4. Visits to a Friend’s House
5. Going to a Party

One in three parents cover more than 30 miles every week and almost one in five do at least 40 miles. Annually, these trips can add over 2000 miles, which is very important to consider when budgeting for your monthly fuel or even a new car.

When it comes to both miles covered and time spent in the car, dads lead the way. Of the fathers asked, over a third reportedly drives their children 30 plus miles per week, compared to just one in five mothers. Twice as many dads say they drive their kids further than mums on average, spending over two hours a week chauffeuring them around.
Although the school run, various sporting events and extra-curricular activities can generally feel like shorter journeys, they can easily add up in terms of time and money. But, despite all this, would you really want to give up those treasured moments with your children to save a few pennies?

Ways to cut your motoring costs:

The Independent have some super tips for ways to cut your motoring costs – let us know if you know any more!

1. Cut your annual mileage
Cut down by walking those shorter distances
2. Make your vehicle more fuel efficient
De-clutter, switch off the air conditioning, drive in the correct gear
3. Shop around for fuel
Avoid service stations, and keep an eye out for supermarket deals
4. Stay safe and within the law
Driving carefully and within the law is crucial if you’re keen to keep your motoring costs under control
5. Don’t accept your insurer’s first offer
Before signing your renewal, make sure you shop around

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