If you went to the trouble of booking yourself how much can you actually save. Honestly, it will vary but I can tell you on our last holiday we saved at least £4000 and here’s how we did it.
As a group of 4 adults we did a tour of Asia including Singapore, Bali, Kuala Lumpur, Koh Samui, Chiang Mai and Bangkok.
High Street Travel agents package deal was £3600 per person a total of £14,400. We then contacted a Far East specialist travel agent for a quotation which came in at £2300 per person a total of £9200. So far we were looking at saving £5200 with little to no effort. The question is how much can we save by doing it all ourselves.
From Experience we knew to get a good deal we would have to book 6 to 7 months ahead (see table below) and the long-haul flight would be the most expensive to book and we’d have to book early to get a good deal.
|Book Ahead by||Best Day to Depart||Best Day to Return|
|2 to 3 Weeks||North America||Wednesday||Thursday|
|1 to 2 Months||Europe||Thursday||Sunday|
|2 to 3 Months||Africa||Monday||Thursday|
|3 to 4 Months||Central America||Thursday||Tuesday|
|3 to 4 Months||South Pacific||Tuesday||Wednesday|
|4 to 5 Months||Caribbean||Thursday||Thursday|
|5 to 6 Months||South America||Thursday||Monday|
|5 to 6 Months||Middle East||Wednesday||Monday|
|7 to 8 Months||Asia||Tuesday||Tuesday|
In this way booking each element separately it cost us £1500 each a total of £6000 which was a total saving of £8400 from booking with a High Street Travel Agent and a £3200 saving from a specialist Travel Agents tailor made deal. The breakdown of what we paid per person is detailed below.
|Manchester to Singapore returning from Bangkok Etihad (skyscanner)||£432|
|Singapore Hotel Marina Bay Sands Room only (marina bay sands)||£270|
|Singapore to Bali Flight with Air Asia (kiwi.com)||£66|
|Bali Hotel Kajane Mua Bed and Breadfast (Hotels.com)||£138|
|Bali to Malaysia Flight with Air Asia (kiwi.com)||£66|
|Malaysia Hotel Fraser Place Bed and Breakfast (booking.com)||£75|
|Malaysia to Koh Samui Flight with Thai Airways (Opodo.com)||£105|
|Koh Samui Hotel Coco Palm Beach Resort Bed and Breakfast (booking.com)||£56|
|Koh Samui to Chiang Mai Flight with Bangkok Airways (Opodo.com)||£100|
|Chiang Mai Hotel Nimman Mai Design Bed and Breadfast (Hotels.com)||£44|
|Chiang Mai to Bangkok Flight with Vietjet Aviation (Opodo.com)||£100|
|Bangkok Hotel Bed and Breakfast (Hotels.com)||£15|
|Travel Insurance with coverforyou.com||£15|
|Airport Parking (manchesterairport.co.uk)||£18|
We will use live data when booking our next holiday to illustrate the savings in real time and details will be shared in a future issue. As with the above illustration, we use comparison and non-comparison sites to find the best deals and will talk about this in depth in our next issue.