HolidayExtras.com urges half-term holidaymakers to plan ahead

Couple waiting to board the airport car park transfer

A soggy September and the dreary outlook for October have spurred families to escape to the sun during the half term, according to new research.

While holiday providers are tempting families with late deals, HolidayExtras.com is reminding consumers that booking extras like airport parking at the last minute – or just turning up – can result in paying well over the odds.

An independent survey by the travel add-ons company, conducted earlier this year, revealed that Brits are throwing away as much as £400 million annually by not pre-booking a parking space at the airport.

One example is at Manchester, where customers can save £180 on the standard price of eight days’ Official Multi-Storey for Terminal 1 parking – the total cost just £59.99 with HolidayExtras.com.

Similarly at Birmingham, holidaymakers can make a saving of £77.90 on a week’s parking at the Official Short and Mid Stay car park. HolidayExtras.com customers will pay £69, but those who just turn up will fork out £146.90!

And at Gatwick, a week’s parking at the Official Long Stay South car park is £33.50 cheaper with HolidayExtras.com than the turn-up-and-pay price.

Jason Hindle, Head of Commercial at HolidayExtras.com, said: “The savings that can be made are quite amazing. It’s shocking how much money people are throwing away just by not booking a few days in advance.”

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Notes to editors

Prices are based on a search made on October 8 for October 27, and are subject to change and availability.

Research into increased half-term holiday sales was conducted by Comparecarehire.co.uk: http://www.travel-news.co.uk/6262/2012/10/september-weather-drives-up-october-half-term-holidays/

Out of 2,014 holidaymakers who drive to the airport, 894 who do not pre-book their airport parking participated in the online survey carried out by Leadership Factor in June 2012 on behalf of HolidayExtras.com.

36,422,000 – number of UK resident visits overseas for a holiday in 2010 www.ons.gov.uk/ons/rel/ott/travel-trends/2010/index

Percentage of holidaymakers who drive to the airport is 67% – therefore the total of drivers who park at the airport will be assumed to be 24,402,740.

UK holidaymakers who do not pre-book – 44% of 24,402,740, is around 11 million drivers.

Savings in total for all those holidaymakers who do not pre-book airport parking is around £397 million pounds.

We take the hassle, you take the holiday…