Where to find the best holiday deals for 2019*
To help you navigate these stormy waters, I’ve put together a list of my four favourite websites who already have plenty of holiday deals for 2019.
Those of you old enough to remember the halcyon days of Ceefax will likely already have heard of Teletext Holidays. Indeed, back in the good old days it was the one-stop-shop for finding the latest and greatest travel deals. Fast forward to 2018 and it’s all moved online.
Another change from the olden days is that the company no longer acts as an aggregator of travel deals (it is now partnered with only one travel agent, Truly Travel), but even so it’s still a fantastic place to find last minute bargains.
Holidays with Teletext are also ATOL and TTA protected, giving customers reassurance in these rather uncertain times. They also offer monthly instalments, so you can book early and start paying in part as you near your travel date. Even better, the company allows you to change your mind, so if you decide that you want to forgo your yearly jaunt to Magaluf in favour of the Maldives, the team helps you shift to the new package at no extra costs (although don’t be expecting a holiday to the Maldives for Magaluf prices!).
Best at Travel
This is another agency that has been in the market for quite some time. Known initially as Worldwide Journeys plc since 1986, it changed its name to Best at Travel in December 2004. It is a tour operator as well as an airline consolidator. From their website, you will be able to enjoy flights at a discount, independent journeys and holidays that are tailor-made for you. It’s based in London, but destinations are worldwide as their former name suggested.
With the tailor-made trips package, you are allowed to give your suggestions, and so the packages are not fixed. You also get expert advice with both the tailor-made or fixed packages. You only need to have an idea and a budget, and the rest will be done for you. With great hospitality partners, this company is geared to giving you a holiday of a lifetime.
If you are looking for some last-minute inspiration, you could do a lot worse than trying TravelZoo. The business model here is quite an interesting one. Essentially, a business will reach out to Travelzoo with very specific deals. For the consumer, this means that they’re getting exceptional value for money, whilst the hotels can fill up any spare rooms that would otherwise be left empty.
All of the deals on Travelzoo are vetted before they go live, giving customers the peace of mind that the deals are worthy enough to actually be considered a deal. The only downside with Travelzoo is that you must sign up to browse the website, but since it’s only a small compromise I’ll let them off.
For those who are too busy to navigate from one travel site to another, HotUKDeals might well be your knight in shining armour. Based entirely on crowd-sourced recommendations, this site allows its users to rank travel deals from over 9000 agencies. Quite simply, the best deals are shown as being hot, whilst those which are somewhat underwhelming usually end up as being cold.
The site also allows its users to comment on each of the deals, allowing less than salubrious agencies to be called out for all to see.