A new Opinium survey reveals the top ten ways Brits make their money go further on holiday.
The survey, commissioned by iCarhireinsurance.com, a leading provider of stand-alone car hire excess insurance (which can save travellers approximately £133 on average for a week’s cover compared with policies from a rental car company**) identifies the most popular money-saving tricks:
Weigh down hand luggage, rather than suitcase, to avoid extra baggage charge: A fifth (21%) put heavy items in their hand luggage or buggy to avoid excess baggage charges.
Wear extra clothes to avoid excess baggage charge: 15% wear extra clothes such as jumpers and coats on a flight to avoid excess baggage charges. Young people are the most likely to do this.
Sleep on transport/at the airport to avoid paying for accommodation: One in ten (10%) sleep on transport or at the airport to avoid paying for accommodation. Unsurprisingly, younger age groups were almost twice as likely to do this than over 55s.
Avoid expensive in-flight refreshments: A third (36%) take their own food on flights to avoid expensive in-flight food, but those living in the Northern Ireland are particularly savvy, with half taking a packed lunch on flights (50%).
Breakfast buffet lunch thieves: A third (34%) admit to the old favourite of taking food from the breakfast buffet for lunch.
“Don’t forget, you are 4 not 5 today!”: One in ten (10%) lie about their child or children’s age to get cheaper entry into an attraction, show or event.
Freebies from the hotel room: The most popular money-saving trick is taking hotel freebies, such as shampoo and conditioner, with nearly half (47%) doing this.
Eat in less touristy areas rather the pay the premium of attraction / sea front: There can be a big price difference for a meal with a view, and a third (36%) are happy to do without.
Book activities online when away to get the best prices: Nearly a third (32%) book activities online in advance to save money.
Drink own alcohol before going out: A quarter (25%) drink alcohol they have bought with them, or from a supermarket, before going out to save money.
Ernesto Suarez, CEO and founder of iCarhireinsurance.com, said:
Holidays are expensive, and finding ways to keep costs down is a great way to make holiday money go further from eating in a less touristy restaurant, to wearing all your clothes to avoid extra baggage charges, or even persuading children to fib about their age.
Saving money is also important when you’re hiring a car. Excess insurance is one of the most expensive extras sold by rental companies at the rental desk, adding on average £160 to the car hire bill. Buying in advance from iCarhireinsurance.com could be one of the most effective ways of making those holiday pounds go further.
* £161.37 is the average price of rental desk excess insurance including damage, theft and tyre and windscreen cover for a week’s car hire, 27 July to 3 August 2019, for a medium compact car e.g., a Ford Focus or VW Golf.