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for goodness sake book it yourself

Hi

We have just booked for a week at the cala macarella apts in May. DON'T BOOK VIA AN AGENT. Book it all yourself.

For 4 adults and a 2 year old we saved £1100.00 on a weeks holiday. Honestly! We used trip advisor to book the hotel. We searched all the airlines to find the best price and more importantly the most convenient flight times. If you use the agent, they generally only offer their airline, or at best a choice of 2. We had a choice of 6 airlines.

We booked a hire car for arrival at MAHON airport, which was £120 for a week plus a toddler seat via Hertz online, thomson quoted £350 for the SAME car. A taxi both ways would cost nearly that on its own and we have the flexibility and also the added safety of a child seat for our son. It also means we can get to the airport 10 minutes before the coaches turn up and also don't have to travel half the island picking up other passengers.

For anyone who thinks it is hassle to book it yourself, its not, honestly. Think how long it would take to earn that £1100.00 the travel agent would relieve you of for doing it on your behalf.

I will let you know what it's like when we return in May.

Bye

x

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1. Re: for goodness sake book it yourself

Hi,

I'm glad that you got a good deal but not everyone is confident enough to book an independent holiday. Most travel agents have access to on line booking systems, similar to something like Expedia, that can undercut package prices and, if they are worth their salt, should offer this as an alternative to a brochure holiday & if they don't offer, ask.

The other problem is that if you happen to live outside the London airports area, you have very little choice in low cost airlines. This means you still have to use a package airline and by the time you add all the elements together you might just as well booked the package in the first place.

A couple of years ago Globespan had a summer schedule from Edinburgh to Mahon but, clever dickies, the flight was on a Saturday & the change over day for accommodation is usually Friday.

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2. Re: for goodness sake book it yourself

Theres a huge lack of low cost airlines that fly to menorca from anywhere in the country ;)

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3. Re: for goodness sake book it yourself

Hi

We had a choice of monarch, easyjet, thomas cook, thomson, and two others but they were just listed as no frills options!

Granted they did all from from either luton, stanstead or gatwick though.

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4. Re: for goodness sake book it yourself

Just because an airline is advertised as low frills, does not necessarily mean you will have a low frills price!

Easyjet is generally an exception to this rule but some charter flights such as Thomson’s can be expensive especially if you flying from a regional airport such as Cardiff. You will then have to consider whether it is cheaper and more convenient to book a package. Always best to compare package and independent prices and make a decision based on the cost of your flights, accommodation, transfers and overall convenience. Good luck!

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5. Re: for goodness sake book it yourself

We booked with GB Airways (when they were part of BA) And saved a good £100 per person, over everyone else. However they've now been bought by easyjet, so the price has zoomed up all of a sudden, thank god we booked when we did! As out of the choice of £78 or £189 return i know which one i'd rather have!

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6. Re: for goodness sake book it yourself

I agree that you can often organise cheaper holidays yourself, particularly if you are ideally placed to use a number of airports. However, it must always be remembered that package tours include extra insurance, which will ensure you are looked after, should your airline/company go bust, which has been known to happen in the past. If you book all aspects of your holiday independantly, and this happens, it is left to you to sort out your return journey.

Not a problem for some but could be a nightmare for others.

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7. Re: for goodness sake book it yourself

good for you for booking your on holiday.the wife and i do it as often as possible,we are off to majorca to the resort of palma nova in april.it,s a 3 night break (fri-mon) and we are flying from cardiff day flights.the cost is 107 pounds each for 3 nights half board at a thompson gold hotel (the son matias)we booked the flights thru thompsons and booked the hotel seperate too,then have the cost of a cab (about 30 euro).we have just returned from the same hotel/resort (22nd-25th feb) for 130 quid each,so like you we saving loads by booking it our selves.off to menorca,cala galdana and the sol galavines in june for our 1st time,can't wait.we did about 5 mini breaks last year to majorca,benidorn,torremolinos,none any more than 150 quid each.it's amazing when you cut out the middle man hey? bye for now,jan and ian from south wales.

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8. Re: for goodness sake book it yourself

Hi Jan and Ian

Thats the thing, when you save so much cash you can go away several times a year rather than just once or twice.

Lets not tell too many people hey! The beaches will be too crouded.

Have a good one.

Andy

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9. Re: for goodness sake book it yourself

Just a correction to my origianl post, I used travelrepublic.co.uk to book the hotel not trip advisor. They were the cheapest anywhere. The service was 5* too.

Keep up the good work travelrepublic.co.uk

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