How I saved £468 on a £1031 holiday

Big savings are possible if you know the tricks…and have some patience

Travel money saving tips: Paris
Montmartre, Paris

In February we’re spending 3 nights in Luxembourg and 1 night in Paris on the way back. We’ll be travelling by train and staying in highly-rated 4* hotels in central locations. Here’s how I saved £468 on this 4-night holiday for 2 people (don’t miss my travel money saving tips at the end):

ItemHow I savedSaving
EurostarNovember sale£162
Paris hotelExpedia Member Pricing (free to create account) -20%£37.54
Luxembourg hotelExpedia app booking -10%£36.60
Paris hotel8% discount code£10.92
Luxembourg hotel8% discount code£26.25
Luxembourg hotel2,386 Expedia points gained£17.04*
Paris ><Luxembourg trainSNCF railcard sale (€25 instead of €49) saving 1/3 on French ticket price£38.17**
Paris hotel19,494 Expedia points applied£139.25
TOTAL SAVING:£467.77

*The £17.04 can only be used on a future trip
**This is the saving after I’ve deducted the cost of the railcard

In addition to the above I will get a free bottle of wine and room upgrades (subject to availability) as an Expedia VIP. For a 4-night trip to Luxembourg and Paris, staying in 4* hotels and including all transport, I’ve paid a total of £281.86 per person.

My travel money saving tips

  1. Choose an online travel agent and stick with them to gain points over time (Expedia are my favourite because they offer points, member savings, and VIP benefits)
  2. Wait for sales (Black Friday, Boxing Day, end of December-January for flights, January for cruises)
  3. Get the Shopping in Microsoft Edge addon, which will show you any applicable voucher codes
  4. Book via apps, which tend to offer additional savings and loyalty points
  5. If your train journey is looking expensive then see if buying a domestic railcard would, overall, save you money
  6. Sites such as Trivago often show the best prices across a range of sites

Do you have any travel money saving tips? Please share below!

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