Catching a bargain

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No, not on clothes or beds or sofas. I’m talking about the holiday sales. There are now sales on flights by British Airways, Virgin Atlantic and American Airlines. And there is the Ryanair £9.99 sale that seems always to be on!
TUI (owners of Thomson and First Choice) also has a sale which guarantees a 10% discount when you book Thomson online and £200 on Thomson summer holidays departing from London. First Choice has a similar sale to Thomson but also has deals on remaining winter holidays with up to £300 off. Its upmarket brand, Hayes & Jarvis has discounts of up to £1,500 per couple
Disneyland Paris is offering 30% discounts and Thomas Cook is saying it has 25% off cruises and up to £400 off summer holidays. The same applies to the Airtours and Direct Holidays brands of Thomas Cook as well. Trailfinders also have a cruise sale as does P&O which is promoting its 175th anniversary sale.
Virgin Holidays says that it is offering £200 off holidays booked to Florida in the school holidays and says on others you can save up to 40%. Onthebeach.com has deals with up to 50% off if you book by the end of the year and Cosmos is saying it will give free room upgrades.
Jet2 Holidays is offering an extra £100 off per booking whilst Balkan Holidays has deals of up to £320 per couple for the summer. Travel Republic has discounts of up to 35% and The Co-operative Travel is also majoring on a £400 discount. Shearings has an early booking offer whilst James Villa Holidays is only giving free travel insurance and car hire. Butlins are offering a third off in school holidays and Warner Hotels have a sale until the end of January.
You could almost say who isn’t having one. This is a crucial time for the industry and instead of the free child offers and upgrades that used to be the mainstay of the post-Christmas booking frenzy, tour operators and travel agents are working harder than ever to persuade you to book and buy now. A sure sign of how successful they have been will be how long the sales last. And how big the discounts grow!

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