Last minute holiday plan may cost £600 extra

by Alister POOLE on February 14, 2011

Procrastinating to complete holiday plans can cost you up to £600 more if you don’t think ahead. Foreign currency, travel insurance, airport car parking and hires all go up in price closer to the holiday.

According to comparison website, last minute organisation could add £632 to a family trip for four during half term.

Booking on the day of departure for airport parking costs up to £146 more for short stay and £110 for long-stay. Researchers discovered the difference between arranging car rental in advance and booking it on arrival could be over £130. Also, popular small cars are generally more expensive than larger cars at airports.

A family of four planning to travel eight-days would pay £191 more for travel insurance at the airport. Also, ordering money online beforehand is advantageous. Holidaymakers changing £1,275 lose about £165 in commission and poor exchange rates at airports.

Bob Atkinson of stated that leaving holiday extras until the last minute is akin to flushing money down the drain. Although forty-seven per cent of Brits shop around, many still buy money and insurance at the airport, and hire a car upon arrival.

Consumer adviser Jasmine Birtles, of Money Magpie adds that leaving things to the last minute means being penalised. Vendors of extras understand that people shopping at the airport have little option.

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