Beat the school holiday price hikes with these money-saving tips

The prices for school holidays sky rocket, the moment the kids break out for summer.

There are some ways to keep the costs low though.

Martin Lewis's Money saving Expert website has revealed a number of tips for slashing the price of a school holiday break.

From swapping hotels for villas to picking a late August break, the suggestions could save thousands on a family trip. Read on to find out more…

Book your package holiday at the end of the summer holiday

According to MSE, the last two weeks of the summer break are cheaper for families who want to book a package holiday.

The prices drop in the last week of August and first week of September because Brits have been looking forward to some sunshine and are keen to get away on their holiday as soon as possible after term ends.

Book with easyJet and take advantage of their Flexi fare scheme

The firm’s Flexi fare system lets fliers book for one date and then swap to another for free – it means cheaper term-time seats can be shunted into much pricier school holiday dates.

Fliers must buy seats for up to three weeks before or one week after the date they want and wait 24 hours before they swap.

Steve Nowottny, 35, spent £405 on flights to take his wife and son to Sardinia. He then switched them to May half-term, when they would have cost

He said: “You have to wait a nerve-racking 24 hours but we saved £431.”

The trick is not without risk though, as the flight someone wants could sell out in the 24-hour wait.

Check if your child's term dates differ to other schools

Look through your child's annual school calendar when you get it at the beginning of the autumn term.
MSE recommends comparing these dates to the general school term dates across the country in case yours are different by a week – then picking that week for your trip.

Book a villa instead of a hotel

Villas can work out more cost-effective for families than booking multiple hotel rooms, although having to cook and clean up yourselves might not be so relaxing.

According to MSE, villas are less likely to have huge hikes in prices during the school holidays too – and they may be open to haggling.

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