From discounts on luxury hotels to searching for cheap flights, these are the sites you need to bookmark
Sometimes simply Googling “cheap holidays” isn’t enough; for the best travel offers you might need to dig a little deeper, whether that’s subscribing to a mailing list or scrolling through to find the least expensive flights. Here’s our pick of the websites that help you get more for your money.
For weekly deals: Travelzoo
This free subscriber’s site features travel deals around the world, all of which have been checked to confirm they’re live and offer the value they claim. Once you’ve registered you can search for deals by destination or by category: all-inclusive, city breaks, last-minute etc. Sign up to the weekly Top 20 email to get deals to your inbox.
For high-end hotels: Secret Escapes
Offering up to 70% off luxury stays, Secret Escapes is another free members’ website, with offers on hotel stays as well as trips that also include travel. Deals are all available for a limited time only, and it’s particularly strong on short escapes, with categories including ‘Spa breaks under £200’ and ‘Within two hours of London’, though there are longer-term and longer-haul options too.
For travel inspiration: Skyscanner
This travel search engine lets you seek out flights, whether or not you have a destination in mind. Either type in your exact destination and dates, or simply search for ‘Everywhere’ and by ‘Cheapest month’ if you’re looking for inspiration. Hotels and car rental are also available. Many of the deals are offered by third-party travel agents, so it’s worth checking their user reviews before booking, and you might also find that some of the prices are no longer available once you click through.
For luxury escapes: Voyage Privé
Ultra-luxe holidays are the focus of this site, which features a selection of flash sales each day for its members. Subscription is free and you can search by destination or by category, such as tours and cruises or mountains and lakes. You can also create a wish list, so you’re alerted as soon as your preferred destination and dates are available on the site.
For something a little different: Groupon
Not exclusively travel-focused, Groupon has a ‘Getaways’ section for subscribers where it posts time-limited deals ranging from barge holidays in the UK to tours of Southeast Asia. There are also more unusual options such as ‘Mystery Getaways’, where you only find out your destination after booking, and the ‘Quirky accommodation’ category for glamping, one-off hotels and experiences.
For cut-price flights: Cheapflights.co.uk
Cheapflights.co.uk lets you search for – that’s right – cheap flights, plus hotels, car rental and holidays. You have to know exactly what you’re looking for in terms of dates and destination, and results can be sorted by quickest, cheapest and ‘smartest’ (a combination of price and journey time). Like with Skyscanner, many are available through online agents so check them out ahead of booking.
For budget-friendly breaks: Wowcher
Similar to Groupon, Wowcher covers all manner of things, with a travel section encompassing various types of trip from seaside holidays to safaris. Offers are available for a limited time, with various pricing options depending travel dates, departure airport, any extras, etc. For some you only pay a deposit and pay the travel company directly at a later date.
For cheap hotels: Booking.com
Booking.com absolutely rule the hotel booking world, with thousands of properties across the globe instantly bookable through their website. The site has a comprehensive search facility, so you can search by hotel or by city, and often you’ll get a ‘book now pay later’ deal, where you’ll pay the hotel on arrival. Often, hotels offer free cancellation up to a week before, too, giving you even more flexibility.