To have the best low-budget holiday possible, it’s important to always consider and avoid unnecessary purchases at the airport.
That’s according to the penny-pinching gurus at PromotionalCodes.org.uk, who have shared their best pre-holiday airport hacks to save you money before you jet off on holiday.
The handy tips include asking for water on the plane, flying red eye and checking out hotel amenities.
Also featured are renting a driveway to park on, bringing your snacks and investing in a portable charger.
They’ve also emphasised how you can prepare to dodge any additional costs once you’re abroad, like downloading maps to avoid data charges and using public transport from the airport as opposed to a taxi.
Other hacks include taking a child’s car seat to avoid hire costs, flying on the red eye and always asking if there’s a chance of a free upgrade.
Darren Williams from PromotionalCodes.org.uk said: “Most people always think about the costs of booking your holiday and expenses whilst you’re out there.
“But airports are sometimes the worst places for making you shell out when you don’t need to.
“There are also certain things that aren’t made aware to flyers that you are well within your rights to ask for, like water or taking a car seat.
“Our tips should help you cut down those annoying costs you normally shell out for, saving you more money for your trip.”
Here are the sites’ top tips for saving money at the airport.
- Ask for water on the plane
Don’t fork out for bottled water on the plane. If you take an empty bottle through customs you can ask your air steward to fill it up for you on your flight.
- Park on a driveway
If you’re driving to the airport, ditch the pricey car park and check out locals’ driveways. Many rent them out for holidaymakers to leave their car there for a few days at a much more competitive price.
- Do your research to avoid baggage charges
You’d be surprised by how much hotels will provide for you, so make sure you do your research before cramming in your hair dryer and extra towels.
- Weigh your bags at home
It’s not worth risking it so plonk your suitcase on some scales to weigh it before you go to avoid any fees.
- Buy snacks before you get to the airport
Dry snacks like crisps and biscuits can be taken on the plane so stock up before you’re roped into expensive airport offerings.
- Don’t be afraid to ask for free things
If you’re holidaying to celebrate a special event like a wedding or birthday, tell the airline staff. They may be willing the upgrade you for free. If you’re travelling alone it’s easier to upgrade you too so it’s always worth asking. The worst that will happen is a polite no.
- Invest in a portable charger
Airports do have charging points but they are always very busy and often you can’t get a seat next to the outlet so you have to leave your phone unattended. Get a portable charger and save the hassle.
- Skip the taxi
When you arrive at your destination within sociable hours, don’t just hop in a taxi but check out public transport options as well. If there’s a metro or bus service, that will be cheaper than a cab.
- Download Google maps offline
If you’re on a phone contract with limited data or that charges more for use abroad, download all the maps you think you will need before you set off. Screen shot them then you can use them as you please when you’re away.
- Check currency rates in advance
Try not to leave it to the last minute to get your cash for your holiday. Getting currency converted at a better rate will save you a fortune so do your research sooner rather than later.
- Book somewhere with breakfast included
Paying that little extra for breakfast may be worth it. If it’s buffet style you can stock up for lunch to save you spending more money on that.
- Fly red eye
If you don’t mind travelling late at night, book a red eye flight. Not only will it be cheaper but also the airport will be quieter at that time meaning shorter queues and less stress.
- Pack a child’s car seat for free
If you’re going to be using a car with your little one whilst you’re on holiday, you’ll need a car seat. Most places charge on average up to £5/per day to hire but you can avoid this by just taking your own. Most airlines will allow this in addition to your luggage and you can even use it on the plane.
- Speak to your bank and credit card providers
Some branches don’t charge for transactions abroad but some do or will shut down your card if they think there’s suspicious activity. Give them a call before you go to let them know and they should be able to advise you on the best way to pay while you’re away.