Getting to Your Home Abroad - Finding Out About the Best Deals
There is nothing more satisfying than sitting outside your villa abroad with a glass of local wine, knowing that you got there on a great deal. With so many low cost airlines and internet newsletters, there is no excuse for paying full price to get to your property overseas.
In order to find out about the best deals, you need to check out what methods of transport are suitable for your home in the sun.
Low Cost AirlinesMany low cost airlines operate from the UK to Europe – don’t restrict yourself to UK based carriers, see which airline is local to your property, too.
A good way to make sure you are at the top of the list when it comes to special offers is to join their mailing list. This means that you look at the company website and there will usually be a place to put your email address so you are sent their latest mail shots.
There are also a number of ‘screen sweep’ websites that have access to all the best deals by low cost airlines. Essentially, these websites trawl through the available flights after you input the dates you wish to travel, saving you from going through all the various low cost airline sites yourself.
Last Minute DealsIf you are travelling further a field, you may find that some last minute deals actually represent better value than booking ahead. This can be risky strategy, however, as you can be left with having to pay whatever is necessary to secure a seat to your chosen destination. But, as long as you keep abreast of the most popular dates – bank holidays in your home country or destination country, sporting events or school breaks – you are likely to be able to find a great last minute deal.
Season TicketsFor people who live, work or study abroad and use their holiday home frequently, you may find that season tickets for your preferred mode of transport save you a fortune. This is particularly applicable to crossing the channel, as the ferry and train companies offering this route are keen to have as many regular passengers as possible.
If your overseas home is in northern France, or near to a good train station, season tickets can prove cost effective. Again, check out the good offers and book as soon as you see an affordable deal.
Special OffersIn addition to websites newsletters and season tickets, Sunday newspapers, magazines and teletext can be a great place to find out about special offers. Whilst it can be frustrating that the best offers are online, by being savvy with promotional codes and telephone deals you can bag yourself a bargain.
Often, these deals start at a particular time, with a limited availability, so mark in your diary the beginning of the offer and get dialling.
There are also good deals to be had by saving coupons or entering competitions. These can be a bit more hit and miss, but certainly worth a try if you are prepared to eat the same cereal for a month or waste the odd stamp.