Holidaying can be a costly business, so it pays to save money where you can. Technology can be a huge help, whether you want to find the best price for flights or want to save money on calling home. Here is our guide to using tech to ensure that you have as much cash as possible in your spending pot when holiday time arrives.
Booking Flights | There are some top apps out there to make sure you don’t spend more than you have to on flights. According to the Telegraph, the Skyscanner app is one of the best around, beating Kayak by around one per cent on price. Kayak was closely followed by Momondo and SeatGuru from Tripadvisor. In reality, the prices offered by all of these apps are generally pretty similar, although Skyscanner is renowned for throwing up the odd bargain too. If you want to use an agent app, one of the best to try for value-for-money deals is CheapOair, although the iOS version can be prone to crashing
All of the apps are relatively user-friendly, although Skyscanner, Kayak and Momondo are probably best when it comes to being able to hone down your results, kicking out multi-stop flights, for example, or getting rid of inconvenient flight time options. Hipmunk is also worth a look if you want to use its ‘Agony’rating to compare whether the price of an indirect route is likely to be worth the pain of the flight. If price is a major consideration, and you know that you want to travel on an easyJet route, the airline’s own free app is also worth a download.
Car Hire | Many of the top apps mentioned previously can also be used to find good deals on car hire. There are also online options such as Holiday Autos, which covers 30,000 destinations across the globe. Most of the major car hire companies such as Avis and Europcar also have their own apps which offer ease and convenience, but beware of paying over the odds if you don’t compare and search for the cheapest deal.
Phoning Home | Don’t pay more than you need to on staying in touch with home while you’re away. You could use a pay-as-you-go SIM from Three, which should get you around 300 minutes of calls, unlimited data and 3,000 texts for around £15 – as well as qualifying you for a Three travel deal. If you already have a Three contract – or one of the SIMs – the company’s Feel at Home option will let you use your phone abroad for free, as long as you’re in one of 18 specified destinations. Go outside of these areas and you could face a hefty bill. O2 users, meanwhile, can get 50MB of data for £1.99, and 1p more could get you unlimited European calls and messages with EE. Skype is another good option for staying in touch, and you even have access to free video calls to show your friends and family at home what they’re missing. Just make sure you find places with free Wi-Fi to save you cash – something which is a good idea whatever you want to do online. Skype is a great free device-to-device choice, and you can also buy Skype credit, which is still a cheap option for calling landlines and mobiles in a more traditional way.