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Martin Lewis Issues Holiday Warning To Brits Ahead Of Half Term

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Martin Lewis Issues Holiday Warning To Brits Ahead Of Half Term

Martin Lewis has warned UK families who are set to go on holiday in half term of an easy mistake which could set them back hundreds of pounds.

Oh the joys of having half term. While I wouldn't retake my GCSEs or A-Levels even if I was offered a million pounds, what I wouldn't give for the ridiculous amounts of holiday kids get - not just at the end of their gruelling terms - but mid-way through as well.

However, financial journalist and broadcaster Martin Lewis has warned Brits who are planning on catching some sun abroad this coming half term of one factor which could end up very costly if not considered thoroughly enough before jetting off.

Financial expert Martin Lewis has offered some tips to Brits who are planning on going abroad this half term. Credit: Alamy
Financial expert Martin Lewis has offered some tips to Brits who are planning on going abroad this half term. Credit: Alamy
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On episode three of series five of The Martin Lewis Money Show, the money expert warned of the price of airport car parks for those who are planning on driving to catch their flight.

He explained that booking well in advance could help prevent travellers from amassing a hefty bill.

Lewis stated drivers may even save hundreds of pounds if they plan a bit further ahead and book a parking spot before they reach the airport.

He said: "Parking at the airport, book ahead. Even if it's on the day."

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Lewis recommended booking ahead for a space in the airport's car park. Credit: Alamy
Lewis recommended booking ahead for a space in the airport's car park. Credit: Alamy

Lewis exemplified the tip by referring to the hefty parking prices at Manchester Airport.

The airport has been outed for its fees before. Last month, a driver came under fire online for parking on the motorway in a bid to avoid the pick-up fee at Manchester Airport.

One holidayer even left their car on a family's driveway near the airport in order to dodge the airport's parking charges.

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Drivers have tried to dodge Manchester Airport's car fees before. Credit: Alamy
Drivers have tried to dodge Manchester Airport's car fees before. Credit: Alamy

Lewis explained that in 'one case' a week's parking at Manchester Airport cost £400 if not booked in advance.

He continued: "If you had pre-booked that morning, it was £130.

"Better still, if you had booked earlier, there are comparison sites for that too."

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Lewis also offered tips on finding reduced prices for hotel rooms by using comparison sites.

He also suggested holidayers pick rooms with a free cancellation so they can cancel at a later date if they suddenly find a room at a cheaper price.

Planning in advance is noted as helping reduce the cost of travel insurance too.

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The money expert explained it's best to not leave it until the last minute, but to book it as soon as the holiday itself is secured.

During Covid, Lewis also added that Brits' European Health Insurance Cards (EHICs) have expired.

You can apply for another one online.

Featured Image Credit: GMB/ Alamy

Topics: Parenting, UK News, Travel

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