Holidays in luxury hotels can seem an unrealistic option for many travellers as such five-star hotels can cost a lot. However, an expert has revealed there’s a way to stay in these swanky establishments without paying the steep prices. Holidaymakers could “save hundreds” by doing this one trick, Louis Bridger, Head of the UK and Ireland at International Currency Exchange said. The hack is thanks to ‘secret’ hotels - but, of course, there is a catch.
Cheap holidays: How to stay in luxury hotels at bargain prices - expert reveals trick
“If you’re not concerned about where exactly you stay, using a website which offers ‘secret hotels’ could be a great alternative and can save you hundreds,” Bridger said.
“Hotels will often cut prices to fill their empty rooms, but many don’t want to advertise these discounts in case it devalues their offering.
“Websites such as Hotwire and Lastminute.com will allow you to find hotels in your chosen location at your desired star rating – the only catch is that you won’t know where you’re staying until after you’ve paid.”
He told Express.co.uk. “A secret hotel is a great option for travellers that have a destination in mind but aren’t set on a specific hotel.”
“You can find out important information about the hotel, like its rating and roughly where it’s located, but won’t be given its name until after you book.
“Secret hotels came about after high-end hotels wanted to be able to fill up empty rooms, but didn’t want to damage their reputation by offering discounts.
“It’s great for customers as it means you can stay at five-star hotels for rock bottom prices, often saving around 40 per cent.”
Bridger has more money hacks for travellers looking to save money when booking a holiday.
One key thing to a cheap getaway is to be flexible on both days and time of travel.
“If you can be flexible about the day and time you fly, you could make a serious saving on the cost of your flight,” he said.
“Avoiding the weekend is your best bet at getting a better deal. Research shows that Monday afternoons are the cheapest time to fly, with savings of up to 15 per cent.
“Likewise, flying in the evening can save you some serious cash if you’re willing to arrive at your destination later in the day.”
Another tip is to buy your holiday currency in advance of your holiday and never buying it at the airport.
“Many of us make the mistake of leaving our holiday cash to the very last minute, but planning in advance can save you considerable money,” Bridger said.
“Rates can fluctuate, so it’s a good idea to monitor currency for at least a month before you depart so you can purchase at a time when the rate is in your favour.
“Try to avoid purchasing currency at the airport, as rates can be a lot higher than on the high street. A great way to get a good deal on your cash is by ordering your travel money online and picking it up in-store.”
Some locations are much cheaper than others, too. For instance, as the local government seeks to offer tax breaks to British holidaymakers in order to keep them coming back to the Spanish islands.