Wanna travel like the rich and famous but don’t have the cash? Don’t fret, here are some ways you can holiday and feel a little bit special.
We sent our intrepid TV Presenter Becky Hayes to the airport to put our theories to the test!
Lounge it up – If you fancy a plush departure lounge with free booze and snacks then you don’t have to spend the earth or be travelling Club Class. You can book them for as little as £13 and it’s a relaxing start to your holiday. Visit Holiday Extras . Most of them also have Sky TV and free internet access.
Pretend to be staff – At check in you can tell the check in person that you managed to get a staff standby ticket (a standard class one) and that you work for that particular airline. They could check your story but it will delay boarding so most just upgrade you!
Get the best seats on the plane – If you want to get seats with extra legroom or be in a quieter end of the plane to be able to get some shut eye then it’s worth visiting Seat Expert.com . It shows you the best seats for whatever you are after on your flight and how you can get VIP Service.
Check In – If you are looking for an upgrade, then the best time to check in is in the early evening. By this time staff will have more of an idea of how many nicer rooms/suites they have available. You could also email the hotel direct before you go to ensure a nice room and mention that it’s a special occasion i.e. anniversary, birthday, etc.
Book lunch at a Posh Hotel – If you’re hotel isn’t quite hitting the mark, book lunch at a nicer hotel nearby and often you will be able to use the hotels facilities. So take your bikini as you can sleep off lunch at their luxury pool!
Travel out of season – There are some great deals to be had if you travel out of peak season. You can stay in 5* hotels for half the price. For example if you travel to Dubai between May-September you can stay at The Atlantis on The Palm for £970pp. Similarly at Al Qasr on Jumeirah Beach you can stay for a week for £950pp with free half board thrown in. Normally both of these hotels in peak season would be around the £3000pp mark for a week with just B&B. Quite a difference!
When you return
Flattery gets you everywhere – If you are planning to return to the same hotel then make sure you email/write a letter of thanks to the General Manager. People remember this and the chances are you’ll be very well looked after on your next visit with most getting an upgrade and a bottle of wine.
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