Whether you’re taking a weekend trip or going long haul, make the most of your travel money and your trip with some simple tips from American Express.
Check age ranges and baggage policies
From airlines to holiday packages, ensure you find out the price distinctions between infants, children and adults ahead of booking. Also check your airline’s luggage policy before you fly as some airlines allow for extra baggage if you’re travelling with a baby. Find out what your limits are.
Beware of airport tax increases
Since April 2013, Airport Passenger Duty (APD) has gone up. Taking long-haul flights to some destinations will include increased duty charges, as APD on a flight to Florida will set you back £268 for a family of four. However, the duty charges for short-haul flights to destinations within Europe remain unchanged (HM Revenue and Customs, Notice 550, April 2013).
Stay currency smart
Familiarise yourself with the local currency and know its denominations to avoid being short-changed. Download an app (like this free XE currency app from Apple) with the latest exchange rates to help you undertake quick calculations when shopping.
Avoid last minute hassle and high exchange rates at your destination by using online foreign exchange services such as TravelMoneyNow.
Also, don’t forget about loyalty schemes and air miles. For example, if you’re an Avios member, you can exchange your foreign currency at an American Express Currency Exchange bureau and you’ll collect one Avios for every £1 exchanged. Perfect for topping up air miles for your next family adventure.
Be weather savvy
You can never guarantee sunshine. So, consider indoor activities or check out resorts where kids’ sports and entertainment are provided whatever the weather. All-inclusive options that have kids clubs can be a fantastic means of ensuring the weather doesn’t ruin your trip, and a great way to save money too.
Be tourist savvy
Look for restaurants a few streets away from the main tourist areas as these can sometimes be cheaper. When shopping, traders at some destinations do actually expect you to haggle and inflate their prices with this in mind. Do your research, pick up some trading lingo and see if you can bag a bargain.
The American Express travel team provided us with these top money tips for your family holidays.