As we snowball toward the end of the year, many South Africans are starting to plan their December holidays, while others are looking to plan ahead for 2020 travel.

Here are some tips on booking a holiday to ensure you get the best rate and value for your money.

Book Early

This is probably not the first time you’ve heard this, and it won’t be the last, but the earlier you book, the better the rate you’re going to get.

Besides helping you secure the best possible rates booking early gives you top pick of the options available, from accommodation room options to your ideal seats on a plane and more.

If you’re interested in booking a holiday well in advance but don’t have the full amount on hand, don’t let that get you down – there are many travel operators who only require a certain per cent deposit upfront, with the rest to be paid a month before departure.

Other travel operators also offer lay-by options allowing you to pay your holiday off monthly. 

Active Holidays

Go for All-Inclusive

When booking a holiday try to seek out travel packages that don’t come with any surprises or hidden costs.

Opting for an all-inclusive holiday package means you can arrive at the resort knowing that all meals, drinks and activities are at your disposal – all day.

No worrying about currency conversions and trying to figure out how much that chocolat chaud or mojito is going to set you back because it’s all included in what you pay upfront.

But it’s important to remember that not all all-inclusive holidays are created equal. That said, it is important that you understand exactly what is and is not included with the holiday package you choose.

Family holiday

Pick Packages Where Kids Travel Free

If you do your research well enough, you will find various travel operators that offer some superb deals when travelling with children.

At Club Med’s La Pointe aux Canonniers resort in Mauritius (where SAA flies frequently), children under 12 years stay, eat and drink free. And, children get their own (inter-connecting) room.

Be on the lookout for deals like this and you could have a little extra in the bank for more holiday adventures.

Choose Visa-Free Destinations

Choosing a holiday destination that does not require a visa for South Africans is another easy way to trim down on holiday costs. The table below is a list of all the countries to travel to visa-free, or by getting a visa at the airport.

Visa Free Countries

This means that you can just pack a bag and choose a destination; out of 94 countries, at least one is bound to be on your bucket list.

With so many destinations, the world truly is your oyster. All that’s left is to plan that amazing holiday you’ve been dreaming about.

Wherever you decide to go, let SAA get you there. Book your tickets today!