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Insider Tips and Bargain Busting Tricks to Keep Your Travels Frugal This Winter (October 18, 2011)

LONDON -- (Marketwire) -- 10/18/11 -- Whether you want to guarantee a white Christmas this year or make up for a lost summer by basking in some winter sun, now is the best time to book your festive flights., the UK's leading travel deals publisher, has the top tips on how to plan ahead to get the most from your budget.

"With the recession still headlining in the press, budget is at the forefront of everyone's mind," says Nadine Hallak, Travel Expert for "To make sure Scrooge doesn't ruin Christmas, we've compiled the top tips to help travellers get both the cheapest flights and cut back on spending while on holiday."

Dare to Compare: This is the golden rule of holiday planning no matter what the time of year. Comparison means gaining access to the widest range of deals to make sure you're getting the very best deal for your travel dates and needs. Also remember that agents and tour operators will have quotas they'll want to fill as soon as possible, so looking around can mean big discounts.

To Include or Not to Include: All-inclusives are highly popular, but be sure to look closely and confirm the 'holiday extras' referenced are the ones that suit your preferences specifically. The better packages should include meals, transfers, transportation, excursions, fees, winter holiday lift passes and ski rental. When these items are priced separately rather than as part of the cost, they can really drive up the price, so be sure to look beyond the headline price and know exactly what you're getting.

Beat the Crowds: For those taking their holidays over the Christmas period, 24th December is an obviously overcrowded and overly expensive time to go. Less obvious, though, but still expensive and crowded, is Boxing Day. Families and singletons alike often celebrate Christmas Day at home then head off either for a ski break or for pre-New Year holidays on 26th December and end up paying more. Those looking to save should either aim to travel on Christmas Day itself when prices are down by half, airports are peaceful and in-flight festivities can often be unexpectedly fun, or on 27th and 28th December.

Forgotten Tech Toys: Tech-savvy travellers should write a checklist, whether on their iPad or pad of paper, of travel essentials. Free Wi-Fi at your local airport is useless if you've left your computer's adapter plugged in at home or the office. Catalogue the items you use and their accessories to guarantee chargers, batteries, ear or headphones and other often-forgotten gadgets make it out the front door along with you. Otherwise, you may find yourself taking a big bite out of your budget by paying airport prices for duplicate tech toys. This is particularly relevant for business travellers or those who might have to do a bit of work over the holidays.

Insurance Means Assurance: A travel emergency, whether it's as simple as a cancelled flight or as scary as a skiing accident, can instantly take the fun out of a trip and leave you with a bill big enough to bring on a stroke. Protect yourself against unexpected hotel and transportation costs, or uncovered doctor and hospital charges, by investing in travel insurance, which can cost as little as £10, but can mean avoiding a bill of £1k or more. Not sure where to start? Check out our travel tip on Travel Insurance.

Currency Gotchas: Exchange rates matter, so be sure to research the currency value of whatever country you're travelling to before making pricey flight decisions. Another top tip is to purchase your currency in advance online as lots of currency exchanges offer better rates online than they do if you change your money in person, so make sure to plan ahead.

Weather Whoopsies: A surprising number of people don't check the forecast before taking off on a trip. The result: they end up having to buy overpriced hoodies, brollies or flip flops. While these may serve as lasting souvenirs for some, they can also burn a hole in your pocket before you've even exited the hotel lobby, so know what to expect and pack for it before you get there.

For more expert advice on travel on a wide range of topics, visit

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Cheapflights Media is an international media network helping over 11 million visitors a month find top travel deals. Our Cheapflights brand was launched in 1996 and pioneered the online comparison of flight deals for users. Today, users compare a wide range of deals from hundreds of partners including online travel agents, consolidators and airlines to find the very best flight deals. With a mission to be the starting point for travel, Cheapflights works to deliver the industry's best airfare bargains, expert tips and inspiration. There are currently Cheapflights sites in the U.K., U.S., Canada, Germany, Australia & New Zealand, France, Italy and Spain. For more information, visit Our newest brand, Momondo, is a leading travel search engine for finding comprehensive worldwide pricing and availability on airfares. Winner of several awards, the site is ideal for users on specific travel schedules. For more information, visit

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