Top tips to save hundreds of pounds on staycation bookings and avoid the crowds

Two holiday booking sites have collaborated to reveal a series of trade secrets to help save money on a staycation break in the coming months.

Research, conducted by LateRooms and LastMinute-Cottages, focused on the best ways for hopeful holidaymakers to save money on their bookings.

Findings included the cheapest time to go away was between January 4 and 14, with costs reduced by more than 44 per cent, saving an average £137.71.

Looking at hotel rooms and self-catered accommodation, the brands discovered that avoiding the school summer holiday period and ‘strange date bookings’, such as mid-week arrival times, were the second and third most cost-effective holiday hacks, with estimated approximate savings of £112.39 and £94.77, respectively.

The research revealed that based on a two-night weekend stay, Greater Manchester is the cheapest destination on average, with a cost of £197, followed by West Yorkshire (£243) and Nottinghamshire (£259).

For seven nights, Country Antrim was revealed as the cheapest, with an average cost of £369. East Renfrewshire and Northamptonshire were the second and third cheapest regions, with average costs of £475 and £588, respectively.

Both part of the Snaptrip Group family, LateRooms and LastMinute-Cottages focus on helping travellers discover the best last-minute hotel and self-catered-accomodation deals across the UK, Europe and the rest of the world.



Staycations are allowed
Staycations are allowed

Matthew Fox, chief executive of the Snaptrip Group, said: “Although last year was probably the worst in recent history for the holiday industry, the current situation is just as bad if not worse.

“With rules surrounding European and international holidays seemingly changing every few days, people are either being forced to travel to a country without knowing their situation upon return, cancel their holidays, or rebook holidays here in the UK.

“Right now the staycation is by far the safest bet, and we can see this trend stretching well into next year – with trust in the current international holiday industry at an all time low, people will look to holiday without the worry of the unknown. That’s why we’ve decided to create this list, to try and give people the best possible chance to get the best possible deals.”

The top holiday hacks and average savings are:

  • Post-Christmas winter getaways – save: £137.71. December is one of the most expensive times of the year to get away, however price data for 2022 indicates that January 4th to 14th is the cheapest period to book – February, April and November are also cheap months to go on holiday.
  • ‘Avoid the school summer holiday’ – save: £112.39. Avoiding the school summer holiday period reduces the cost of a holiday significantly. Brits can also save £122.39 on average if they go away outside of any school holiday period during the year.

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  • ‘Strange Date Bookings’ – save: £94.77. Searching for non-typical check-in dates to find any booking gaps will often result in a cheaper price. Mid-week arrival times are a common ‘strange date’.
  • ‘10 months or five days in advance bookings’ – save: £90. Booking either 10 months in advance, or within a five days of a desired holiday date can result in lower prices, as property owners drop prices to reach capacity.
  • ‘Register with booking sites’ – save: £30. Registering as a member for booking sites can give holiday-makers access to exclusive deals and properties. Customers save an average of £30 per booking if they’re a member.

Full details of the research can be found here: https://www.laterooms.com/en/tips-to-save-on-your-next-staycation