Families could pay over the odds for their half-term getaway

Family on their way to the airport

While recent research has revealed that family destinations are more affordable this half term, HolidayExtras.com is reminding consumers that turning up at the airport without pre-booking extras like parking could make the holiday just as expensive – if not more.

Holiday travellers don’t need to book travel add-ons far in advance to make savings: many deals can still be found the day before travel – or even the departure day itself – with HolidayExtras.com.

At Manchester airport, holidaymakers can save a whopping £95 on the standard price of JetParks Plus, which serves all three terminals, just by booking one day ahead.

Families flying from Gatwick this weekend can book a night’s stay at the Premier Inn Manor Royal with a week’s secured parking at Airparks from £84.

Or those purely looking for parking can save up to £26.90 on an eight-day package at the Gatwick Long Stay South. Prices start from £65.10 with HolidayExtras.com, whereas turn-up-and-pay customers would fork out around £92.

A family room at a four-star Heathrow hotel can be picked up for £49 with an Undercover hotel deal.

Jason Hindle, Head of Commercial at HolidayExtras.com, said: “These prices and savings are proof that holiday travellers should always book ahead – even if they’re due to travel the next day.”


Notes to editors

Holiday destination price research is based on a study by M&S: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/travelnews/9611477/Family-holiday-destinations-cheaper-this-half-term.html

Hotel prices are based on a search made on October 22 for October 27. Airport parking savings are the maximum that can be made between October 22 and October 28. All prices are subject to change and availability.

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Jessica Hilton, Katie-Jo Flynn, Karl Webster.