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5) Package Deals vs Independent Booking

Is it cheaper to get a package deal or book your flights, accommodation and other extras independently? The accurate, but fairly unimaginative answer to that question is, ‘it depends’. Often travel agencies, working with hotels and airlines, will have access to reduced fares that aren’t available to the public. The travel agency will combine these two special fares into a hotel + flight deal that is considerably cheaper than what you can find yourself. This is particularly the case if you’re going for an all-inclusive deal or looking for a resort holiday for the whole family.

However, if you’re looking for real budget accommodation — like family-run guesthouses, hostels or short term-let apartments, the best deals can be found online through hotel-only booking websites or, sometimes, the website of the place, itself.

When booking just a flight, skyscanner.com is your best friend, but, as always, the only way to know you’re getting the best deal is to do your research and look at both package deals and independent options.

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