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How to Get a Good Deal on a Winter Break

By: Sarah Clark (ILEX) - Updated: 2 Oct 2012 | comments*Discuss
How To Get A Good Deal On A Winter Break

You can get some great deals and fantastic bargains if you’re trying to find a winter sports break. The thrill of a winter sports holiday can be hard to resist if you’re feeling adventurous or simply want to swap the boredom of a rainy UK winter for the sun and snow of the slopes instead. Winter sun can be alluring.

Enthusiastic skiers and snowboarders have a few options when it comes to finding the perfect holiday for their chosen sports, without breaking the bank.

Last Minute Winter Deals Can be Great Bargains

If you are able to be flexible, and willing to leave booking the winter sports and snow breaks until the very last minute, there are plenty of deals on the high street, and also on travel agents’ websites which offer good deals on winter holidays that they haven’t filled yet. This impulsive option can be really good for singles and couples who don’t need to make the arrangements too far in advance, and booking a last minute deal is great for the spontaneous among us who can save money by not restricting themselves to popular dates or resorts, or packing their case at the very last minute.

Finding the Best Travel Agent for Winter Sports Break Deals

Whether you’re looking online or browsing the high street, there are travel agents specialising in arranging bargain winter sun and snow holidays for snow sports lovers - and it certainly pays to look into some of the deals that the specialists have to offer. You can find great cut price deals on winter holidays through the dedicated travel agents, because they have access to better deals than some of the standard high street agents will have. They also have better contacts!

If you’re booking a package deal through an agent, be careful to inspect the conditions and make sure that the deal includes everything you actually want. Will you need specific insurance for any of the activities, is the price of equipment hire part of the deal, and if you take your own gear can you get it on the plane without paying excess baggage? All these things add to the cost of the trip so it’s important you find out before you pay.

Getting the Best Winter Sports Deals on the Internet

If you’re searching for a fabulous yet affordable winter sports holidays, your search has been made lot easier since price comparison sites on the Internet have started to spring up. Travel firms love to showcase great holidays online, and online travel agents can usually offer you a better deal than the shops on the high-street travel agents with overheads and other charges.

You’ll find a wide range of late availability ski, winter sports and snowboarding holidays, cheap and cheerful winter ski holidays, fantastic selections of winter sun holidays, also bargain flights if you know where to look. Make sure you compare your prices at one of the well known price comparison sites, and make sure that any packages including flights you buy are organised through tour operators that have an ATOL (Air Travel Organisers Licence) number. It’s also wise to remember that if you buy accommodation and a flight/cruise separately you’re not covered by the Package Travel Regulations which offer you a certain amount of legal protection too.

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