Travel Resources: Air, Hotel & Insurance

Our most frequently asked question is ‘How do you find cheap travel?’.  Take a look at some of our favourite suppliers that we use on a regular basis.

Accommodation

Booking.com
This is great resource for hotel bookings. I do recommend checking the hotel/hostel websites directly in case they have any deals but we have generally found booking.com to offer the best prices around.

AirB&B
We love AirB&B. if we are staying somewhere long term or find hotel prices to be high we will always choose an AirB&B. If you use this link here you will be treated to £20 off your first booking

Accommodation Top Tip: Sign up to hotel newsletters & loyalty programmes. We saved 30% on our stay at Hilton Gatwick as they were offering exclusive discounts to Hilton Honors Members.

Transport

Skiplagged.com
This is without doubt our top flight resource. We have saved so much money using them to search for flights! So much so that we even have an article about them here.

Airlines we have used and recommend:

Within the UK & Europe:
Flybe – Book as early as possible for the cheapest fares. Keep an eye out for sales
Easyjet – Book as early as possible for the cheapest fares.
British Airways – Sometime they can be cheaper that the low cost carriers as they  tend to include baggage
Monarch – Great charter and scheduled flights. I recommend paying the little bit extra for legroom
Thomson – Cheap and cheerful charter flights. Most destinations are seasonal.
Aer Lingus – Ideal for flying to Ireland if you want to avoid Ryan Air’s ridiculous fees for everything.

Worldwide Flights:
Norwegian Air Shuttle  Amazing long haul prices from Gatwick to the US & Asia
British Airways – Pleasantly surprised by the space in their economy class
Etihad – Wasn’t a huge fan of their economy class but boy is their business class something else!
Virgin Atlantic– Highly recommend their Premium Economy Cabin.
Thomson – A great charter airline who have a lot of Dreamliner’s in service.

The more we travel the more airlines we will add to our lists.

Transport Top Tip: Again, sign up for airline membership cards and newsletters. They tend to send any offers to members before they release them to the public.

Insurance

True Traveller
These guys are our preferred travel insurance provider. Not only do they offer extra cover for pre-existing medical conditions you can also extend your policy on the road and if you’ve forgot to buy insurance or your current policy runs out, you don’t have to be in your home country to purchase.

World Nomads
These guys are another great option we looked into. They have the same benefits as True Traveller with the exception that they don’t cover pre-existing medical conditions. That’s what made us pick True Traveller instead.

Insurance Top Tip: There are plenty of insurance companies out there who will insure you for an extended period of time however read the small print!! A lot of these companies require you to hold a return ticket back to your home country. If you don’t have proof of this and need to make a claim your insurance will be invalid and will not pay out.

Do you have a favourite supplier that you consistently use for travel? Let us know in the comments. It’s always good to discover new tools!

 

 

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