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Six ways to save on your holiday

Holidays are great but they can certainly set you back a pretty penny.  Good news for those looking to take their children away this year though, as Air Passenger Duty (APD) has now been scrapped for under 16s, from 1 March 2016.

Air passenger duty (APD) is a tax you pay on flights out of the UK. It had been scrapped for under 12s from 1 May 2015, but has now been opened up to include under 16s too. APD adds £13 to a seat price for short haul destinations, and anywhere more than 2,000 miles away costs an extra £71 – so scrapping this offers a nice discount for any families looking to fly with children.

If you've already booked and paid for your flights you will probably have to contact the airline to ask for a refund on the tax, though some may automatically return the money to the card paid with.

What are the other ways you could save? And don’t fear if you don’t have children – these savings can be for anyone.

Five extra holiday savings tips

1.Haggle

Haggling can feel distinctly ‘unBritish’, but if it gives you a discount then why wouldn’t you try? Give it a gamble with a high street operator and see if you can get money off.

2.Book your ticket at the right time

If you are particular with your times and dates, then book as soon as possible. Flight comparison website Skyscanner also analysed all their flights and suggest the cheapest time to book a flight from the UK is seven weeks in advance. Either way, it’s always risky to leave it to the very last minute to book.

3.Be careful of extras

Make sure that when you’re booking you do check through everything before you press ‘book’. Extras such as in-flight meals and priority boarding can add a fair amount to your booking, but you don’t necessarily need them. Also, be careful with travel insurance. Insurance is very important, but make sure you shop around for it  to get the cheapest deal – which you almost certainly won’t be if you buy direct from an airline.

4.Make sure you have your EHIC card

With an EHIC (formerly E111) you get the same level of state-provided medical care as someone who lives in the country you’re visiting. It’s valid in all European Economic Area countries and Switzerland. However, according to MoneySavingExpert.com, around 5.2m EHIC cards were due to expire in 2015. Although it’s not enough on its own, an EHIC card is very useful to have so make sure you have yours ready for your trip away.

5.Consider package vs. DIY

A package holiday does what it says on the tin – it includes flight and accommodation all in one package, usually through a tour operator. A DIY holiday means you book your flights and accommodation separately.

Package holidays tend to be cheaper, but it’s worth checking both options, you may find a good  deal.

Also, parenting website Mumsnet recommends checking out business hotels too for significant savings – could it help your holiday costs?

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  • Colin Clarke / 20 March 2016

    I am going to Vancouver Canada for 2 weeks the begining of July best place to find flight and insurance please.