One of the best ways to save money in holiday is by being far-sighted and tidy. Planning holiday dates, destination and accommodation long in advance is the key to find trip offers in areas such as Majorca, Costa Dorada, the Canary Islands or Andalusia, which usually begin the summer season fully booked.
The last minute offer is not as attractive as before: the last attempt to cover the remaining rooms, which aren’t usually the best equipped ones. In fact, last minutes offers are only applied in specific rooms, you cannot choose, change or get a refund, with draconian conditions in fine print that you sometimes discover too late. So, heaven becomes hell.
It is essential to choose calmly, but in advance. We must have clear from the beginning the destination, because this will allow us to organize the transport, and take advantage of flight offers, for example. Likewise, we must consider if we want to rent a car, many hotels include accommodation + car packages that could be very affordable, especially if we want an active trip, with friends, family or as a couple, with different visits to parks and beaches that are not close to the hotel…
The accommodation is one of the most important elements. Most of the hotels in Majorca, the Canary Islands, Levante, Andalusia and the hotels in the Catalonian coast take advantage of these first months of the year to offer special early booking rates to the users of their websites. This habit is directly related to the fact that European tourists usually book their holidays and accommodation during January and February. Some offers from hotels in Minorca, Ibiza and even Tenerife can be extended until March, but in that month the rooms and accommodation boards are more limited.
Early booking is an opportunity to get affordable holidays in luxury hotels and destinations. So, you can book 5-star hotels in Santa Cruz, such as the Grand Hotel Mencey, at 4-star prices, without giving up to a single detail or comfort. In these 4 and 5-star hotels you can get a better price-quality relationship. Likewise, family resorts in areas such as Lanzarote or Almeria coast offer special packages where the most outstanding fact is not the price, but the many advantages a rate includes.
It is not the same situation with the hotels in Barcelona, Madrid, Valencia or Seville, urban hotels where the seasons don’t exist and early booking is just defined by the quantity of days or months until the chosen date. Nevertheless, early booking in hotels in the centre of Palma is possible, since, although they are urban hotels, they are located in an area which depends on seasons.
Some hotels for children give you the possibility of enjoying a preference at the time of choosing the most exclusive rooms when book in advance, getting discounts for the hotel restaurants, or gift vouchers for leisure and sport activities.
In any case, it is important to read all the conditions of the reservation before making it, tell the establishment if something is not enough clear in the texts we have read on the website, and ask everything we consider necessary for having a normal holiday. What does All-Inclusive really include? Which is the added value of a deluxe, superior or premium room? When can you use the food and dinner vouchers in the restaurants? Over which dates is the discount valid? Everything we need to know, although it seems to be obvious, it could be useful when we decide and choose a really affordable holiday for 2015.