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Haggling on holidays 'not really an option'

13 August 2009 08:27

Haggling on holidays 'not really an option'

Haggling on the price of a holiday or getaway in an attempt to secure a lower cost deal is not really an option for holidaymakers, it has been noted.

According Sean Tipton, a spokesperson at ABTA - The Travel Association, travel companies have very low margins and will be keeping prices as cheap as possible, "so walking in and giving a lower offer isn’t the way to do it".

However, Mr Tipton recommends shopping around for a good deal and advises holidaymakers to not take the first price that they see as the one they need to pay.

Holidaymakers could find that setting a strict budget over how much a holiday can cost helps them to keep their spending to a minimum.

This budget could include extra costs, such as airport taxis or duty-free spending money, as well as potentially essential buys such as holiday insurance.

According to figures from Visa Europe, a quarter of Brits now attempt to haggle on the price of holiday deals.