Wednesday 12 December 2018

Six travel hacks for the holidays - including free children's flights

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Carvoeiro, Algarve
Carvoeiro, Algarve
Pól Ó Conghaile

Pól Ó Conghaile

You don't have to wait for the January sales to nab a travel bargain. Here are six of the best offers available this week.

Kids fly free

Click&Go.com has a ‘Kids Fly Free’ promo saving up to €300 per family on flights to the Algarve, Majorca, Salou, Costa del Sol and Lanzarote. The offer is available until December 15 for holidays departing May to September 2018. One free children’s flight is available per booking (with two adult fares), and it must be redeemed over the phone (01 906-9551). You can also book Clickandgo.com holidays with a €1 deposit.

10pc free on travel vouchers

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Papagayo beach, Lanzarote

Most Irish travel agents and tour operators do vouchers, but call ahead to see who's doing pre-Christmas incentives. Sunway (sunway.ie), for example, will add a free 10pc to the value of gift vouchers. E.g. buy €100, get €110.

Book a 'Twixmas' break

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Hunters Yard, Mount Juliet

‘Twixmas’ is the time between Christmas and New Year – and it can be a really good chance to bag a bargain short break. Check out our round up of 10 best Irish Twixmas deals, starting with a five-star break including the Leopardstown Races from €99pp.

€150 off Italian holidays

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Lake Garda

Topflight is offering up to €150 off Italian Holidays as we publish – one 4-star week in Lake Garda is reduced from €949 to €799 next May. See topflight.ie.

Ski smart

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One Irish school recently organised a skiing trip to the Swiss Alps for €1,600 per student.

School holidays are an expensive time to ski (watch the prices rocket during mid-term break from February 12-16). Instead, book a week on January 6 or 7, or thereafter, and watch the prices fall. DirectSki.com has 2-star Andorra from €299pp departing January 7 (you’ll need to rent skis and lift passes too, though).

Ryanair packages

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Ryanair Photo: Getty

Did you know Ryanair does package holidays now? It has flights from €9.99 on sale, but packages start from €99pp for two nights in Barcelona, Paris and Rome in Janaury. Travel is midweek, based on 3-star hotels. holidays.ryanair.com.

PS. Keep an eye on itaa.ie/offers for more deals.

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