So much for the negative side of early booking – what about the positives of leaving booking your holiday until nearer the time? Late holidays are flexible, budget-friendly and are not limited to one destination so you can go further for every pound that you spend. Put another way, if you book later, then you can pick up a bargain and – even by spending the same total – go to a more upmarket resort or even visit a more exotic location.
Remember that flexibility is the key. If you want to holiday in a specific resort with a specific type of accommodation at a certain two weeks of the year, then late booking is unlikely to be for you. Instead, take on board that the bargains tend to be where there is spare capacity in the market and where the hotels need the business. This is not because they are unwanted destinations, but could be simply because they were priced too high at the start of the booking season.
Going to a single travel agent for a late booking makes a lot of sense. This is because they can wrap your flights, accommodation and transfers together in a single package that give you a clear idea of what you will be spending overall. However, you can buy your travel and hotels separately and this can make for even better bargains, particularly in Greece where competition for tourists spending money is fierce. The disadvantage of this approach is that you have less recourse if things go wrong.
Top Tips For Late Bargains
Make sure that everyone in your party has a valid passport. All too often late bargain deals come unstuck because someone has either lost theirs or it has become out of date. With a late booking you have less time to sort problems like this out. Another good thing to double check before handing over your hard earned cash is that everyone can go on the dates of the holiday and that they don’t need to book the time off work beforehand.