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19 January 2016 09:40
Booking holidays early can be financially advantageous
A number of benefits and discounts are available to holidaymakers who book early, says travel association ABTA.
January and February are the traditional sales season for travel companies, with many deals on offer for individuals and families.
ABTA claims travellers could save hundreds of pounds on their summer getaway if they book over the coming weeks.
The travel association has put together a list of the key reasons why people should book holidays early this year, with cheaper prices top of the pile.
Cheaper prices mean travellers have more money to spend when they reach their destination, and on comprehensive travel insurance.
Travel companies also offer a limited number of free child places in January and February. ABTA says these are likely to run out fairly quickly, so families should book sooner rather than later to avoid missing out.
Hotel rooms and flights could sell out fast as well, with millions of holidaymakers around the world looking to get away for the summer.
Buy now, pay later
People who book a package holiday for the summer may only initially have to pay a deposit, with the rest of the balance not due until later in the year.
This is good news for those feeling the squeeze after the festive period, giving them the chance to budget effectively.
Booking early means there are a wide range of options as to where and when to go, while many airlines offer the option to pre-book seats on their aircraft. It also means people have something to look forward to, making the winter blues much more bearable.
Mark Tanzer, ABTA's chief executive, hopes holidaymakers will make the most of various benefits and discounts that come with early bookings.
He is urging families to stay ahead of the game by booking early, as child places for the summer months can fill up quickly.
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